So, the kids are back in school and everything is back to “normal”…whatever that means for your family! And this time of year is always when I get the itch to redecorate something. Seasons are changing, schedules are normalizing, and I tend to feel like I need something new and fresh. But I also don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. I think most of you out there can relate to what I’m saying, right?
So when Kelsey Reaves from Modernize.com contacted me to see if I’d like to publish her colleague Danielle Hegedus’ post on how an entryway could be re-decorated for UNDER $30…now, that’s my kind of article! Let’s see what her secret is!
An attractive entryway sets the tone for your entire home. After a tough day at work or school, it welcomes you and your guests into your home with a burst of your own personal style. It also creates the illusion of a larger space, while providing you with a command-zone that will keep your keys, purse, and coat tidy and easy to grab on your way out the door.
If you’re worried about the expense of decorating a new space, don’t fret. We love a good deal at Modernize, and where better to find stylish, inexpensive pieces that will spruce up your entryway than IKEA. Read on for tips on how to create a beautiful, inviting entryway with products from IKEA—all under $30!
Put Out the Welcome Mat
A rug in a fun pattern or bold color can do a lot to warm up your entryway, while also decreasing the amount of dirt that is tracked into your home. If you’re working with limited space, a small rug like a doormat or a runner can also do a lot to make the entryway to your home feel like a separate space. This Tanum rug from IKEA is handwoven, simple to wash, and adds just a small amount of color—perfect if your design template is neutral or bold. Even better, it’s only $6.99!
Create the Illusion of a Larger Space With a Mirror
Adding a mirror to your entryway is a great way to make the space appear larger. It also adds an element of sophistication without the hefty price tag that you might pay for professionally framing artwork or family photos. Plus, it’s always handy to be able to take a quick look in the mirror on your way out the door for last-minute primping! The Malma mirror by IKEA is small, just a 10×10 square, but for $1.99 a piece, you can buy several to create an custom, cool geometric design that works specifically for your space. They’re also lightweight, so hanging them is a breeze—no heavy anchors!
Add a Warm Glow with a Stylish Lamp—or Two!
The lighting in your entryway doesn’t need to be intense. You probably won’t be doing any reading there. Safety-wise though, it’s a good idea to be able to walk in the door and easily switch on a light. These Knubbig table lamps (pictured) from IKEA are a great solution. Available for $14.99, the frosted glass and cherry blossom design is stylish and can work with almost any existing decor. You can even cluster them (as shown) to turn your lighting into a work of art. If you don’t have a table surface in your entryway, try a floor lamp. The Dudero, available for $14.99, is super lightweight and adds a soft paper lantern effect to your space. Finally, if you’re completely strapped for space, attach a lamp to the wall. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you could go from a traditional sconce to a more funky option like the Smila Bagge wall lamp ($9.99). Originally intended for a child’s room, these fun shapes (heart, flower, moon, ladybug, star) will bring a fun element and a soft-colored light to your entryway—perfect for subtle illumination in the evening when you’re getting ready for bed.
Create a Space to “Hang Your Hat”
Whether it’s handbags, sweaters, coats, or backpacks, we typically have a lot to unload when we come home for the day. Keep your home tidy, while keeping items that you’ll need for the next day ready-to-go, with the Portis hat and coat stand ($29.99).
If floorspace is a challenge in your entryway, try the Portis hat rack ($19.99) that adheres to the wall. It’s small hooks mean you never have a reason to lose your keys again! Either hat rack also goes a long way in making your entryway space feel distinct from the rest of your home.
Consider Non-Traditional Furniture When it Come to Your Table Space
A console table might be ideal for your entryway, but it can also set you back a couple hundred dollars. Get creative with other furniture that may not be designed with the entryway in mind, but can still allow you to create room separation. A nightstand, side table, fold out dinner tray, or even a small outdoor table will give you a place to keep keys, bills that need to go out in the mail, or just a pretty vase of flowers to make your home feel welcoming. The Ulsberg nightstand, available for $29.99, has frosted glass and black framing that work with almost any design scheme. The shape of the table makes it stand out though and the extra shelf underneath is handy for displaying favorite books or beloved knickknacks.
I LOVE those table lamps, and that Portis Hat Rack, too! Did you get any good ideas for YOUR entryway?
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