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Fresh and Functional Entryway Design Ideas

Rethink the purpose of your home’s entrances with fresh and functional entryway design ideas that will welcome family and friends in style.

The Mini-Room
A large foyer can easily double as a small sitting or reading room. Use a plush bench in place of a traditional storage piece, and round the room out with smaller accent pieces, like a rug, lamp or side table, that allow family members to rest and relax.

Stock a small coffee table with lotion, tissues, mints and your favorite best-seller book or magazine to make the space even more comfortable. If you add a storm door with a screen, an entryway sitting or reading room is the perfect place to catch the breeze without actually going outside.

Your Home’s Organizational Hub
Put your entryway to work by using it as an organizational hub – a place where every décor item helps keep things in order. All you need is a storage credenza, cube shelves and a few bins to get started.

Mount cube shelves on the wall above the credenza and use them to store frequently misplaced items, such as sunglasses, pens, journals, makeup and extra hair accessories. Repurpose a jewelry holder as a place to hang your keys, and place storage bins throughout the credenza to organize shoes, mail, magazines and more.

Interior view of a mom and daughter returning home by a blue entry door
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The Pit Stop
Whether you’re working out in the yard, leaving for work or running errands, installing a snack and beverage station near your front door can ensure you’ll be fueled for whatever the day brings. For families, a snack station also makes it easy for kids to stay nourished while playing out front.

To make a snack and beverage station, outfit a credenza with a mini-fridge to hold cold beverages for staying hydrated on a hot summer day, and stock shelves with food for fast, easy-to-grab snacks.

A Clean Start
For active families and outdoor enthusiasts, a small mudroom in the back entryway of a home offers a smooth transition between indoors and outdoors. Replace flooring with sturdy tile and install a farmhouse sink and shoe cabinets to ensure that dirt and grime don’t make their way into your home.

Other mudroom essentials you’ll want to make sure to have on hand include soap, towels and lotion. Add wall hooks and storage bins as needed. If you have a pet, a makeshift mudroom is the perfect place to store their bed or kennel, toys and food bowls.

The Locker Room
Say goodbye to clutter by assigning each family member with their very own gym-style locker or built-in cubby. Use the top shelf to store books, toys and snacks; the hooks to hang coats, hats and backpacks; and the bottom shelf to stow shoes and rain boots.

Not only will this cut down on clutter throughout the home, but it will also help ensure that nothing gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the school and work week.

Discover how a new entry door can enhance your freshly redesigned entryway. Visit your local Pella Showroom to learn more about Pella’s collection of entry doors.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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