The Anatomy of an Entryway: 5 Foolproof Formulas AND Our Favorite Shoppable Picks
Sometimes a post really hits. And while we are ALWAYS pumped, we aren’t always sure what the exact magic sauce was (especially if it was a little unexpected aka not the mountain house kitchen). The latest of these was Emily’s entryway reveal. We looked at all of the data to come to the conclusion that maybe people are just really into their entryways right now. Which I actually get. A pretty entryway is psychologically important. Why? Well if it’s a mess when you leave then you are already bummed/stressed about seeing it when you get back. And when the first area you see when you get home is not the way you want it to look, it really can drag down your mood. Honestly, the world is in too much chaos to not have our homes bring us as much peace as possible, right? So while the boxes I need to put in the recycling dumpster and the large blanket I need to return to my dad are mocking me daily, when it’s clean, I LOVE walking into my apartment, seeing my entry and feeling a sense of calm (or as calm as 2020 will allow).
I want that for everyone. So I did the necessary EHD research, realized we have 5 favorite entryway formulas that we repeat ALL THE TIME, and then put together arguably too many shoppable options (I really couldn’t stop myself). So, no matter the size entry you have, you can come home, rip off that mask, take a deep breath, and feel peace because your entry is on point. No more clutter body.
But before we get into the formulas this is what we think every entry needs:
- Function (because form is great until you have nowhere to throw your third pair of shoes that you can’t be bothered to take allll the way to your room)
- Mixed materials (for texture and visual interest)
- Varied levels (also for visual interest)
Formula #1: Bench + Basket + Wall Feature
This one is one of the simplest because it only requires three elements and nothing electrical. However, it’s SO functional. I am a huge kick-your-shoes-off-the-moment you-get-home kina gal so having a shoe bin is imperative for me to have an “organized” entry. Emily is also very team shoe bin as shown above.
But first, let’s talk benches. The bench is your main piece and sets the tone for the rest of your house. So choosing the right bench will not only give you a great place to sit but also an awesome opportunity to show off your style (bonus points for cute pillows). These are some of our favorites:
1. Pax Black Natural Bench | 2. Wood & Steel Accent Bench | 3. Woven Rope Indoor Bench | 4. Askon Pill Shaped Wooden Bench | 5. Catch-all Storage Bench | 6. Walking Bench | 7. Shaker Dining Bench | 8. Georg Bench | 9. Skye Upholstered Bench | 10. Blue Upholstered Bench | 11. Verken Mid Century Modern Settee Bench | 12. küdd:krig HOME Capsule Bench
#1, #9, and #10 are awesome because their upholstered tops really make a bold and colorful statement. #5 is pretty great because it’s a bench and bin all in one so it’s perfect for smaller entries or simply for extra storage. But #4 (so affordable), #6, #7 and #12 take what could be a simple wooden bench and really make them into something SO special.
Large baskets are SUCH a good long term purchase. They can be used for a near limitless amount of things… heck, even as a pretty planter cover. I would just make sure for your entry, make note of the number of shoes that normally collect by your door and then adjust your basket size needs accordingly.
1. Garissa Khaki Basket | 2. HURRING | 3. Jaylin Blue Grey Round Sisal Basket | 4. Mercado Storage Basket | 5. Tall Striped Basket | 6. Big Sur Basket | 7. Large Banana Delilah Tote Basket | 8. Steele Canvas 1-1/2 Bushel Basket | 9. Tambo Basket | 10. Woven Seagrass Basket | 11. Silver Triangle Hamper | 12. Small Basket with Round Handles | 13. Seagrass Basket | 14. Merapi Storage Basket | 15. TAMADUNI
I LOVE #1, #4, #14, and #15 so much. But for those that don’t want to see any clutter, #11 with that cute lid is the way to go. However, #8 is the EHD classic and has multiple versions and colors (there’s even an option with wheels).
Make sure your basket is a different height than the overall height of your bench… but keeping it shorter than the seat of the bench is our rec.
Formula #2: Entry Cabinet + Mirror + Sconce + Tall Vase
Next up, we have a formula with a bit more drama (and more closed storage). While a single basket is enough entry storage for some of us, if you have the space and want to up the storage, consider an entry cabinet. Sure you can’t sit on it. BUT it’s the ultimate catchall.
These are some great options…
1. Quinn Lacquer Entry Cabinet | 2. Delancey Accent Cabinet | 3. Clyde Mahogany Small Media Console | 4. Gabi Rattan Entryway Cabinet | 5. Houghtaling Accent Cabinet | 6. Libby Small Cabinet | 7. HEMNES | 8. Staci Buffet Table | 9. OSCURO | 10. Coles | 11. Industrial Storage Dresser | 12. Taberg Modern Wood Accent Cabinet | 13. Mid-Century Cabinet | 14. Nadia Display Cabinet | 15. Lap Credenza
You first want to think about your needs. Are you a drawer person where #7, #8, and #11 would be your go-to? Or would a cabinet with doors and bins inside be a better fit like, well the rest of these? I personally LOVE #3, #5, #9, and #15. Can you tell I have a hard time choosing my favorite of anything?
1. Inman Venetian Accent Mirror | 2. Gold Rounded Tapered Mirror | 3. Corin Rattan Round Wall Mirror | 4. Palamos Rattan Mirror | 5. Round Decorative Wall Mirror | 6. Woven Mirror Artwork | 7. Beveled Hub Wall Mirror | 8. Yedinak Traditional Accent Mirror | 9. Perch Round Mirror With Shelf | 10. Wall Mirror | 11. MERON | 12. Acacia Wood Mirror | 13. Hub Modern and Contemporary Accent Mirror | 14. Victor Leather Mirror | 15. Gerald Large Round Rose Gold Wall Mirror
Mirrors and entryways are THE power couple. Art is wonderful and I will never vote against a beautiful piece of art. BUT a mirror is not only functional, so you don’t miss the fact that maybe you forgot to brush your hair as you hurry out the door, it also will reflect more light around your space. Also, you can easily “go big” without it looking overwhelming. For something classic and affordable, #5 is great. You may recognize #6 from this makeover we revealed this week:) I also have a real soft spot for #2 and #10.
1. Berkshire Single Sconce with Linen Shades | 2. Base Sconce | 3. Double Cone Brass Bowtie Wall | 4. Krume Gold Metal White Glass Globe Wall Sconce | 5. Arney Sconce | 6. Leggero Champagne Pole Wall Sconce | 7. Claremont Milk Glass Cylinder Sconce | 8. Arc Mid-Century Sconce | 9. Wood Sconce | 10. Destello Sconce | 11. Arney Articulating Sconce | 12. Alabax Small Sconce | 13. Windsong Wall Sconce | 14. Black Vanity Light | 15. Matte Black Plug-In or Hardwire Wall Sconce
Now the sconces are probably my favorite part of this formula because I really love cool lighting. I mean look at Malcolm’s entry above! Those sconces are incredible. They are also nice for mood lighting at night when you only want some lights on (HOT TIP: install a dimmer if you can). But as for the roundup, I also love #2, #5, and #11 for something modern and #1, #10, and #12 for a more traditional look.
I didn’t include a tall vases roundup in this formula but I do later so get excited:)
Formula #3: Entry Cabinet + Table Lamp + Wall Art + Short Vase
With this formula, it’s basically the little sibling to #2 but equally as great. You still have your wonderful cabinet but instead of a sconce you have a lovely table lamp (which personally is actually my favorite type of light) and instead of a tall dramatic vase you have a smaller more delicate one. Also, while a mirror is a solid go-to for an entry, you can’t forget about the power of art. You can choose something large, a few small pieces, or even a small gallery wall. No rules. That’s it so let’s shop!
1. Ivory Reactive Glaze Pedestal Vase | 2. Judy Jackson Tiny Stoneware Bottle | 3. Celia White Vase | 4. Large Stone Vase | 5. Sandy Mole Ceramic Table Vase | 6. Hand Turned Wood Bud Vase | 7. Beaded Bud Vase | 8. Little Gem Bud Vase | 9. Ceramic Vase | 10. Glossy Bottleneck Vase | 11. ORIGAMI | 12. Textured Ceramic Linework Vase
Vases (especially the shorter ones) are such a fun way to bring in personality to a design. #2, #5, and #7 are quietly bold which I love. Then #3, #11, #12‘s verticle ribbing is a fun but elegant accent.
1. Modern Totem Table Lamp | 2. Word Table Light | 3. Downbridge Table Lamp | 4. Bond Lamp | 5. Valencia LED Task Lamp | 6. O&G Jena Buffet Lamp | 7. Modern Wood Column Table Lamp | 8. Sullivan Table Lamp | 9. Hanna Pink Table Lamp | 10. Graduate Lamp | 11. Hayes Wireless Charging Table Lamp | 12. Rigdon USB Table Lamp
Hello, lover (in Carrie Bradshaw’s sultry voice)! #1 looks like it would give the most beautiful glow in the evening and for such a unique lamp, that price is not bad. #4 is one of Emily’s all-time favorites because well that blue lampshade is basically iconic at this point. BUT #11 and #12 both give off a beautiful light but will also charge your phone which seems GENIUS since you can charge your phone and easily grab it on your way out.
Formula #4: Tulip Table + Tall Vase
This one is the most straight forward but does require you have a decent-sized entryway (and likely a mudroom to store your shoes). However in this photo, those stools might act as storage. VERY smart and sneaky, Max?
Why we love this look is because of how simple yet stunning it is. The beautiful shape of the table plus the tall vase with even taller greenery is graphic but feel. Basically it’s a slam dunk. Side note: You can also add a tray or bowl if you want a little something extra:)
Ok, let’s talk tulips…
1. Capsule Dining Table | 2. DOCKSTA | 3. Marble Top Leilani Tulip Dining Table | 4. Black Marble Round Bistro Table | 5. Art Deco Bistro Table w/ Mahogany Top | 6. Emiko Dining Table | 7. Clay Dining Table | 8. Chroma Bistro Table | 9. Grove Marble Round Bistro Table | 10. White Marble Round Bistro Table | 11. Vera Pedestal Dining Table | 12. Oak Torsion Dining Table
I don’t know about you but I can’t HANDLE how beautiful #1 is. That wood accent makes my heart skip a beat every time I look at it. 10/10. I also think that #5, #10, and #11 are fun and slightly unexpected versions. However, a classic is a classic for a reason so #2 and #6 will always be a great buy.
See I told you the vases were coming up:)
1. Olympia Tall Pink Vase with Handles | 2. Soto Black Vase | 3. Shapes Ceramic Vase | 4. TIDVATTEN | 5. Leahigh Double-Handled Tall Vase | 6. Ruff White Vase | 7. Minimalist Vase | 8. Yaan Vase | 9. Tall Amber Vase | 10. SIN Cenote Vase | 11. Brass Hurricane Vase | 12. Splash Vase
I think about buying #3 about once a week but sadly just don’t have the right spot for her. BUT if you do, then you 10000000% should. Now for something more neutral #6 and #10 are quiet but special.
Formula #5: Console Table + Short Vase + Chair + Table Lamp + Wall Art
We made it! This last one has a little bit of everything. It has a place to sit, a catchall table, a light source, and of course some accessories. Now I didn’t add a basket into this formula but you absolutely could.
Ok, let’s jump right in…
1. Warwick Narrow Console Table | 2. 2 Tone Grey and White Marble Console | 3. Niche Burl Wood Console Table | 4. Profile Console | 5. Warwick Wood & Rattan Console Table | 6. OSCURO | 7. Bixby Console | 8. Junipero Low Console Table | 9. Windham Console Table | 10. Streamline Console | 11. Woodson Console Table | 12. Maeve Solid Wood Console Table
We love console tables because they are visually a bit lighter and tend to be more physically slender which is great for an entryway the needs that (and a lot do). For those that really need some kind of storage, #5 and #9 have those cute little drawers. If you don’t need drawers or are into maybe some smaller shelf baskets then #1, #4, #8, and #11 are awesome options. But if you want something with that “extra something” then #3 and #7 (it’s wrapped in fabric!) then I would suggest those.
1. Taylorsville Spindle Accent Chair | 2. Kaishi Black Chair | 3. Aesop Armchair | 4. Cleo Chair | 5. Sunnyvale Woven Accent Chair | 6. Vecchia Metal Dining Chair (Set of 2) | 7. Ingrid Dining Chair | 8. Nadia White Cane Chair | 9. Foley Mink Velvet Dining Chair | 10. Morpho Swivel Velvet Arm Chair | 11. Notch Wood Chair | 12. Garlington Upholstered King Louis Back Arm Chair | 13. Charcoal Gray And Ivory Dash Print Noemi Tub Chair | 14. New London Wood Dining Chair (Set of 2) | 15. Vioria Solid Wood Dining Chair
Accent chairs have SUCH a special place in my heart and it kills me that I hardly have space for the very small one in my living room. SO if you have an entryway that can handle an accent chair DO IT! Just make sure to consider the scale of your console table and your chair so that one doesn’t overpower the other.
Now let’s get specific. As soon as I saw #3 a couple of months ago I immediately sent it to Julie and simply blurted out, “LOOK!!!!!” I mean, it’s juuuust so good. So that chair aside #6, #11, and #12 are great for a more traditional look and #2, #4, and #7 are great modern picks. BUT if you want a little extra cushion and boldness then #9, #10, and #13 are the way to go.
We are at the end! I hope that this was really helpful and makes you feel like designing an entryway is now a breeze. Now I know I didn’t get heavily into accessorizing but remember less is more. Maybe a small framed pic and a tray added is all you need atop your cabinet (in addition to your cute vase)! Don’t overthink it. Also, these formulas are guidelines. If you want to add a shoe bin next to your console, do it. If you want to add a sconce over your bench, I think that could look great! It’s up to you.
And to make life a little clearer and pinnable here is a graphic I made. Enjoy!
Love you, mean it. ?
Opening Image Credit: Photo by Tessa Neustadt | From: How We Styled Our Living Room To Sell
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