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Five ways to make a spotlight-worthy entry(way) – without sacrificing functionality.
Sashay onto an empty stage, strike a pose in your favourite clothes and make a statement that reflects who you are: That’s how to make a strong first impression, which is exactly what an entryway does for your home. It hints at the personality inside while beckoning guests to learn more.
No one knows this better than designer Chrissy Cottrell. When hired to decorate this Vancouver home for a mother and her 20-something daughter, Chrissy envisioned a high-fashion hybrid of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn – a feminine take on French Modern style. And that is what’s immediately apparent when you step through the front door, from the pale pink upholstery to the Art Deco details, not to mention the pretty Parisian streetscape artwork and chic designer purses on display. Plus, the space is functional and hard-working, with ample storage for the fashionable accessories two style-loving women are bound to accumulate.
Keeping style and function at the forefront, here are five ways to make your entryway more memorable.
1 Set expectations
Your entryway is your home’s first impression: Like a book cover, it hints at what’s inside. So make it deliver a snapshot of your style, employing the palettes and patterns that adorn the rest of your abode.
2 Introduce drama
A bold front door is an easy way to make a statement from the start. “An entryway has to have presence,” says Vancouver designer Chrissy Cottrell of her decision to paint the door a dramatic black.
3 Add stylish storage
Custom-fitted with pretty hardware, a big-box-store shoe cabinet delivers sleek style and function to boot (pun intended). The fashionable piece is a must-have for any entryway because, let’s face it, most front hall closets just aren’t big enough to hold all of our favourite footwear.
4 Take a seat
By turns a spot for pulling on shoes and setting down the things you need on your way out the door, simple seating like this pair of pink upholstered benches will definitely come in handy. Even better? These double-duty beauties can be moved to the living room for extra seating when company comes over.
5 Find the hook
Bright brushed brass hooks deliver unexpected shine in the otherwise muted space. Simple and unobtrusive, they’re perfect for putting designer purses and pretty scarves on display.