5. 7. Choose a good mat inside and out
This tip doesn’t quite have to do with creating a visual distinction, it’s just good sense. Not to mention they’ll make good design elements if you apply some of the other tips and ideas found in this post. And just because you’ve already got some organizing in place, doesn’t mean this area of your home doesn’t need regular check-ins to see how it can be improved. (Image credits: Adrienne Breaux; Carolyn Purnell; Alexis Buryk) Do you have a small, dedicated room that you enter into from your front door, that pleasantly greets guests, that houses all the things you need for the day? 3. Partially enclose with a design element
No need to build a wall; use a large, leafy plant to place next to your door to partially enclose a space you could call your entryway. It doesn’t need to be something that completely blocks out light or space; just something that will create a visual cue that this area is a bit set apart from the rest of your home. What I do have is a front door that deposits me and my guests directly into my living room and a list of every day items that continually threaten to take over the entire home. 4. Hit them with a good smell right out of the gate
Again, this doesn’t have anything to with creating a visual space for an entryway if you don’t have one, but it’s good practice for any home: Have a pleasant smell greet guests (and yourself!) and you’ll have a home that feels pleasant and seems cleaner than it is right off the bat. Customize for the season
Depending on your location, your entryway needs might vary pretty wildly from season to season. 2. Paying attention to this area will act as an alternative to a true entryway. 1. So whether you’ve got a separate entryway or not, consider making sure that at the start of each season you take time to reevaluate your entryway (whatever size or type you have) to see if you need additional storage for heavy winter coats or tools to protect your home from bringing the bad weather in. 6. Yeah me neither. Or use a furniture piece to act as a divider and guide the traffic through your space.