Make an Entrance! Warm Up Your Entryway This Season

We’ve been fortunate this year in Toronto to have had a beautiful fall, but face it the weather will change and with that change will come piles of coats, slushy boots, and soggy mittens.  Where will they end?  Most likely all in your front hall!  Conveniently, it’s also that time of year when homeowners start looking to the indoors for those do-it-yourself projects.  So here’s a DIY idea, redo and reorganize your entryway!  Here are some simple tips for creating a more inviting and functional front entrance.

Make first impressions count. Give your door a fresh coat of glossy paint, and put down a new doormat. Hang a nice winter wreath or plant an evergreen in a sturdy urn.

Store your stuff out of sight. If you don’t have enough closet space, add storage by hiding a garment rack behind a curtain, using an armoire, installing a coat tree or hall stand, or by trying one of these storage ideas:

  • A bench with built-in storage holds your stuff and offers a convenient spot to sit down and put your boots on.
  • A small bookshelf with labeled baskets is good for storing small items.
  • A chest of drawers can make your front hall look more like a furnished room, and it gives you a surface for photos, a lamp or incoming mail.

Stay in season. Move non-winter items to a different part of your home. Leave some extra space and extra hangers for your guests’ coats.

Tame your shoes. Set a limit to how many pairs each person can keep by the door, and install a shoe rack to keep footwear organized. Avoid putting boots on a mat that doesn’t drain (they won’t dry properly and the leather will get damaged). A perforated tray with a mat underneath will let your footwear drip-dry.

Hook it. Heavy-duty hooks keep backpacks, scarves, purses and coats off the floor. Hang them at a height where kids can reach them to make it easy for them to put away their things.

Make a place for your misplaceables. How much time do you spend hunting for keys, sunglasses, cell phones and dog leashes? Dedicate a basket or bowl to these important items by the front door, and you’ll never have to search under the couch cushions again.

Floor décor. Offer a warm welcome with a soft, washable rug that doesn’t show dirt easily. Put a mat outside, too; wiping your feet before you go in will mean less muck and less cleaning.

Don’t forget to decorate. Paint your entryway a striking colour, hang a graceful mirror, incorporate family photos or a favourite piece of art, add a table lamp and an accessory or two. Make it welcoming and beautiful. After all, it’s the first place people see when they come into your home.

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