BridgehamptonTraditional Entry, New York
The neutral color scheme sets the tone for this cool yet seasoned home. The wainscot paneled wall is a perfect contrast to the dark wood antique bench.
Photography by Patrik Rytikangas
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Decorative hooksA selection of hats, bags and objects hung on hooks reveals your personality as soon as a guest visits. It also demarcates the zone when opening the room. The key is continuity with other elements in the space, carefully matching the style, colour and materials. TIP: Visit a hardware store or search online to select the right hook to suit your style.
First, make sure you have an area where your guests can place small items – keys, wallets, etc. – and still have easy access to them later, if necessary. If you prefer your guests remove their shoes, it is helpful to include a shoe rack or box so their shoes can be safely stored. The same goes for coats and jackets. Make sure you have a wardrobe that your guests can easily access without having to ask you, their host, for help.Finally, give your entryway a welcoming touch by adding fresh flowers or a scented diffuser.Read more: Heaven-Sent Entries: 12 Ideas to Make Your Home More Welcoming
2. Create somewhere to sitYour home should be your sanctuary, so take a moment when you get home to sit, breathe and leave the stresses of the day behind you. Taking off your shoes while you do it is optional.
4. Bench impressionsIf your front entry is the one you use most often, a spot where you can take a seat and take off your shoes is very handy. A bench – even a backless one that can double as a coffee table sometimes – is a great option.A simple coat rack holding totes, a scarf and a hat adds interest at eye level here.See more of this Bridgehampton home
1. Keep accessories near the front doorIf you’re lucky enough to have a mudroom you can enjoy a designated space for jackets, hats, shoes and umbrellas, but even those who are short on space can usually find a small nook, bench or even part of a linen closet to keep these everyday basics ready to put on when you’re almost out the door.