How to Design Functional Entryways

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One area in the home that can be overlooked is the entryway. In some homes, it becomes a place where piles of coats, shoes and bags begin to build up. When my kids come home from school, they immediately throw their backpacks and shoes onto the floor; it becomes a construction zone within seconds! Here are a few tips to keep your entryway free from clutter.

Instead of placing things on the floor or on a table, hang modern knobs to display bags, scarves and jackets. Above we see large wooden knobs that are both practical and super cool.

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If you are working with a small space, create a faux mudroom by adding a tall built in, complete with shelves, hooks and a bench. You can keep it open or add doors to hide items. Keep it white for a clean, modern look. It will also make all of your coats and bags pop and look stylish.

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Everyone can use a bench in his or her entryway. They can be helpful when taking shoes on and off, and you can also add storage inside the bench or under. Make it a little cozier by adding an animal hide on the top.

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A simple shelf with hooks is sometimes all that you need. Use the top shelf for small bags and the hooks for larger bags and coats. A fun detail to add is hanging a light on one of the hooks. It works as a nightlight for some of those late night arrivals.

Do you use your entryway? Is it a necessity for you?

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Kirsten Grove
Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle Decor.com, HGTV.com and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.