How to transform a hotspot for clutter into a storage haven – without compromising on style
The entryway has two main purposes – it should welcome people into the home and provide an extra storage space for items such as shoes, coats and keys. “The entry is also a great place to add personality because it’s where people will get the first impression of your home,” says The Warehouse’s lead designer Jade Turner.
The best type of storage for an entryway is the space-saving kind. Any furniture item that can serve a dual function, such as a coat rack with shoe storage, is worth considering.
The Madrid sideboard is perfect for a narrow entryway and provides a landing space for items such as keys, mail and handbags. Jade says, “It’s also a great anchor for decor pieces such as a mirror, a vase of flowers or even a candle to bring personality to what can sometimes be a ‘no-man’s land’ for decorating.”
Keep it cosy
Nothing says “welcome home” like an entry that amps up the cosy factor. A textured scatter rug is a stylish and affordable option for beside the door. If you’ve got space for a bench seat in the entry, add some cushions to create a cosy perch for people to sit while putting their shoes on.
Jade’s style tip: In a small entryway, a mirror will bounce light around the space to help it appear bigger. Plus, who doesn’t like to give themselves a quick last look before leaving the house?
The Warehouse winter homewares range is available now. Shop online at thewarehouse.co.nz or at your local store.