Your entryway is part of your home’s first impression. While curb appeal and your home’s exterior can help paint a picture, it still leaves people wondering how your home looks on the inside of it. When your guests or friends come to visit, they are welcomed into your home first by the entryway. Typically, these entryways will have a closet to store shoes, umbrellas, coats, and other miscellaneous items you may take outside with you on your ventures. While they may hide your unwanted messes, they also are a very convenient space. Organizing your entryway closet is great for taking pride in the small but powerful details your home may have to offer. Here are three ways to improve your entryway closet:
Entryway closets are notorious for having the family’s shoes just thrown inside of them. Add a designated shoe rack to help address this mess. Plus, your shoe rack does not have to be inside the closet. Just make sure your sure rack has a clean and well-kept appearance if not stowed away inside your closet. You can have different shoe holders for individuals in your family or make different tiers to hold different stylings of shoes. A shoe rack is a great way to organize the chaos of your closet on the ground level.
Organization Bins & Baskets
Transform your entryway’s organization by including stylish umbrella stands and holders. You can add bins and baskets around or inside your closet to also add to the styling. Adding organization bins to the top shelf of your closet to store seasonal wear like gloves, hats, scarfs, and more will help to add additional storage. By finding well-designed bins and baskets, you can add to the space’s appeal while keeping it functional.
Go a step further and consider built-in shelving or a locker space. You can organize these for every individual in your family. Simply allow space to hold jackets, store shoes, and have areas for miscellaneous items. Built-in storage can take your entryway organization to the next level and be very classy at the same time.
How do you keep your entryway area organized? Try facilitating some or all of these techniques. Your entryway may not be able to hold all your jackets and shoes, but it is a great space to facilitate storage. For more organizational tips, make sure to subscribe to our content.
Does your home’s entrance invite people to your front door? The Fulton Homes’ Whitewater model at Oasis at Freeman Farms is a perfect case study of what to do to welcome people to your home before they set foot inside. Here are some of the most inviting features.
A clearly-defined entrance: The front door is framed by the pavers and sidewalk. Some homes hide the front door at the side of the house or tuck it deep in a front porch. Everything from the half-columns that frame the front door to the small wall creating a front patio directs the eyes and the feet to the door.
Framing accessories: The two brick half-pillars, the matching ceramic planters, and even the two outdoor lights frame the walkway and the door. These features make the path to the door clear and direct you through the front yard.
Covered entrance: Although our weather is rarely inclement in southern Arizona, providing a covered entranceway creates the feeling that you want to protect your guests from the elements. It also shades people during our hot summers while they wait for you to answer the bell.
Special finishes: The pavers leading to the front entrance, the brick wainscoting, the shutters on the windows and the plants show that the homeowner cares about the impression given by the front of the home.
Final touches: Make sure your street numbers are large and clearly visible from the street. Leave your outdoor lights on for the convenience of evening guests. Provide a mat at the front door to allow people to wipe dust off their shoes before entering your home, and finally, remember to smile when you open your door. That’s the most welcoming element of all!
Before you even step in the front door, this home welcomes visitors. The design of the home itself provides a natural courtyard at the front entry. The layout draws you to the home, and a number of option and design choices enhance the look.
First, notice the stone covering the patio. Instead of more traditional concrete, using these pavers ties the patio floor to the rich color of the stucco walls. By choosing this type of flooring, there is a sense that you are already in the house.
Next, the white trim on the windows feels like the casing you expect inside a home. The molding and gutters framing the roof also almost have the same impact as crown molding in a home.
Choosing to use furniture on the patio provides a comfy place to sit and strengthens the sense that you are almost in an indoor room. With today’s outdoor fabrics, you can find colors and designs that are just as nice as anything to cover a sofa inside. This red with a thin white stripe provides a dynamite and inviting color contrast to the neutrals of the courtyard.
Finally, the plants in the corner add an indoor-outdoor feel and nicely accessorize the space. With no open dirt for plantings, the three pots with high-profile plants add a warmth and natural element to that corner. This entryway, from Fulton’s Spyglass model at Victoria Estates, can make your friends and family feel welcome the minute they come up your walk.