11 Beautiful Entryways : Minimal Style with a Big Impact

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In this post, I’ve rounded up some beautiful entryways.  They each have minimal style (no clutter) but leave a big impact and set a stylish tone for the home.

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I really think there is an art to getting the “entryway” look right.  It’s the first thing you see when you come through your front door and it sets the tone for the rest of the house.  I tend to think minimal is best when it comes to most things.  Entryways are no exception.  

I’ve seen entryways that are cluttered with “stuff” beyond belief.  Junk mail, knick-knacks, too many chairs, shoes galore, overgrown plants, clocks, keys, receipts, books, magazines, pillows, etc.  I could go on and on.  

I’ve been guilty of it! It’s not hard to do.  

It’s a very convenient dumping ground for things when you come home. But cluttered entryways are bad for feng shui.  It’s always best to have a clear entryway, free from clutter to keep that good energy flowing through the house.  


Aren’t they beautiful?  

It can be challenging to find the right balance of accessories.  

I would first think about what your entryway goals are.  

Is it drop off center for keys, mail and/or shoes?  Does it provide a place to sit and put your shoes on before you leave?  Is it part of a larger room or off by itself in a nook?  Is it just there to look pretty?  

These answers will give you some insight into what you need to purchase to ensure your entryway works for you.

There are a few accessories that will work in any entryway regardless of the end goal.  These accessories are lighting, artwork/mirror, and greenery/flowers.  

Lighting

I think it’s always nice to have soft lighting near your entryway.  When you leave in the evening, it’s so welcoming to come home to a beautiful light!  I know, that sounds super cheesy but it’s true.  

Botanicals

I also think greenery and flowers are an easy way to stay current for the seasons – cedar and berries around Christmas, fresh greenery in the spring, and hydrangeas in the summer.

Mirror (or Art!)

I think most entryways do well with a mirror of some sort. This gives you a chance to get a glimpse right before you head out the door. It can also bounce the light around and make help your entryway feel bigger and brighter. Art is another good choice!

Here are some suggestions for making your entryway look good and be functional, too.  

Need a place to drop keys and mail?  Everything looks better gathered in a trinket dish or decorative box.  Stack a set of different sized boxes on top of one another or set a small trinket dish on top of a stack of coffee table books.  Remember to keep it simple and neat.  (It’s so easy to start using this area as a dumping ground – again, guilty here.)

What about if you need a place to put on shoes and store shoes?  Use a rustic bench and place a set of pretty baskets underneath to store shoes.  Decorate your bench with some pretty pillows and hang a mirror on the wall.  Or, use a pretty rubber tray to corral the shoes and hang a few decorative hooks to hold keys, hats, etc.

What if your entryway is mainly there to look pretty?  Well, then you’re really just decorating!  Lamps, a set of vases, stylish accessories, etc.  The possibilities are pretty endless.  I would make sure it fits with the rest of your home and use these entryway photos and others for inspiration. Don’t go crazy or it will end up cluttered.  

Have fun decorating!

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xo Karen

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