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7 Essential Design Elements for a Stylish and Organized Entryway

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    7 Essential Design Elements for a Stylish and Organized Entryway

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    For this month's segment of Steal the Look, let's turn our attention to the entryways, mudrooms and landing stripes in our homes. These catch-all spaces are the first rooms we see when we walk in the door. It's where we drop our keys, take off our coats, and leaf through all of those superfluous pieces of mail that arrived throughout the day. In short, it's where we start the transition from the workday to the evening, and that makes it a very important part of the home. It can also make it a very cluttered part. Though it's not always easy, it really is possible to keep this space stylish and organized all year long. But first we need to discuss the seven elements you need in your entryway so that from the moment you walk through the door, you're right where you want to be.

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    When it comes to getting organized in any space, finding space for wall hooks is vital. This is especially important in entryways which are usually populated by small objects like keys and outdoor gear such as coats, hats, and umbrellas. Hooks can work in even the smallest alcove, helping to de-clutter the floors. There are many sizes, shapes, and styles of hooks out there for you to choose from. However, there are a few designs like the two-prong and circular styles of hooks that tend to be the best at holding a myriad of items. If you want a similar look to these circular hooks, The Dots Hooks, designed by Lars Torne are sold at Muuto. These hooks are made from solid ash and oak. They come in a variety of colors, and with proper wall anchors should be able to hold even your heaviest winter jackets with no problem. An inexpensive alternative to these hooks would be the IKEA PS 2014 knobs. You can get four knobs for only $10, and with a little creativity, re-create this look at a low price, with a big wow factor.

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    Proper seating is a tried and true staple of any good entryway. In your space, finding the right bench is key to creating a room that is not only organized but comfortable and inviting as well. Wooden benches are often used in entryways and mudrooms because they’re easy to clean, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of wet upholstery and they are very durable. If you want a similar live edge bench with steel trestle base style legs, check out this ETSY shop, Natural Log Creations. These American-made benches are made to order, and it is just the seat you need to complete your entryway.

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    Cubbies are another popular and far more flexible option for keeping your space tidy. These little cubes can come in a myriad of colors, sizes - and the configurations are endless. The best part about cubbies is that if you have a small room, simply stacking a few together will suffice, and the look can be tailored to your space. The Way Basic Eco Storage Cubes come in a ton of sizes and colorways. They're also pretty inexpensive, so you can really afford to get creative.

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    Shoe Holder

    If out of sight, out of mind is your mantra, then having closed storage for your shoes is going to make you very happy. When looking to buy shoe storage for your entryway, make sure it is not too deep, and that it can hold enough shoes to ensure that you will not need to have any other shoes on the floor (except maybe boots). The Stall Shoe Cabinet from IKEA is a favorite of mine, it is only 7” deep and can hold a minimum of eight pairs of shoes.

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    If you have the wall space for it, I definitely encourage you to integrate a mirror into your entryway or mudroom. It’s always good to have that final look before you walk out the door to catch any last minute snafus. The custom color Infinity Mirror from Room & Board, or the metal framed mirror in antique brass from West Elm are two great options if you want this look in your home.

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    No matter how many other pieces you have in place, the fact is that an entryway is only as good as it's rug. We all want rugs that look good, and show some personality when we walk into our homes. However, for this high traffic area durability is just as important as style; so this might not be the place for your favorite, fragile antique. You will need to look for a rug that is able to stand up to the elements and people using them to get the elements off of their boots. The rug will need to be easy to clean, with good traction to avoid slips. I would recommend this wool rug from Studio Matsalla as a stylish option for your entryway. A wool rug it is always a good choice as it reduces noise, and naturally resists dirt.

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    Every space in the home could benefit from a basket, and nowhere is this truer than in the entryway. Use floor baskets as catch-alls for accessories like umbrellas, gloves, and tote bags. And whenever guests come over, and somehow there just aren’t enough hooks or spaces on the wall, an extra basket will always come in handy. Check out the Floor Cobra Basket from CB2; this stylish piece will blend in nicely with any number of interiors, and it can hold a lot of items.

    Angela Belt is a senior interior designer for Homepolish and writer living in Connecticut. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Rue Magazine, Redbook, and EBONY. She was the stylist for the interior design book "REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul."