You know the drill: it’s time to leave the house, no one has their shoes on, your oldest child can’t find her backpack, your youngest—his water bottle, and as for your keys—heaven only knows where those are. Sound uncomfortably familiar? Make getting out the door less of a production by creating an entry space that provides organized storage solutions and a calming touch of Zen. Your future self will thank you!
Start by identifying the main entrance/exit point used by the occupants of your home, which may not necessarily be the front door. Many homeowners rarely, if ever, use the main entrance of their homes, as it is common to have a private entrance into the home from the garage. An owner’s entrance or mudroom, as it is often referred to, creates an unloading zone separate from the more public areas of the home. If not organized in some manner, however, this area will quickly become more of a wasteland of discarded shoes, coats, papers, and other household detritus.
No matter the size of your mudroom, start with well-placed cubbies and hooks where your family can conveniently remove and put away shoes, outerwear, and bags. A built-in bench proves handy for taking shoes on and off or for unloading bags of groceries. Hooks and cubbies can be numbered or color-coded so that they are easily identifiable for each family member. If the idea of open cubbies with their contents spilling out gives you heart palpitations, look for baskets or bins that can easily slide into the spaces, serving as drawers to contain the clutter.
Add visual interest to the space with whimsical flooring, colorful accessories, or textural treatments such as the shiplapped wall above. Use the space as a command center for the home by hanging a family calendar, a key rack, chore or homework charts, a bulletin board, or other items relevant to the day-to-day life of your family.
Even a small mudroom has room for storage, as shown below. If custom-built shelving and cubbies like these are outside of your budget, consider options from IKEA, a retailer that specializes in small-space organization on a budget.
The owner’s entrance can be treated with either a playful pop of color, as shown in the photos above, or given a statelier feel by blending the built-ins to match the trim and doors throughout the rest of the home, as shown in the beautiful mountain retreat, below.
As for the front entrance of your home, identify the purposes and needs of that space, just as you did for the owner’s entrance, so that you can create a space that serves you best. Do you want to design a formal space, or one that gives off a more laid-back vibe? Do you need places for keys, shoes, coats, or mail?
Whether your space is large or small, lighting plays an important role in creating a welcoming area. Even if your entryway is on the smaller side, placing a narrow console table with a small accent lamp always adds warmth. Hanging a mirror above the table visually expands the space (and also provides a place for a quick hair-check before answering the door!).
Remember also that the entry of your home provides the first impression for visitors; think of the effect you wish to create. You want to provide visual interest without overwhelming or overcrowding the space. A touch of greenery or floral softens lines with an organic feel, and a console table with drawers serves the dual purpose of aesthetics and function, as items like keys and mail can be discretely tucked away from sight.
At Sheffield we build homes that work for your lifestyle, whether you’re the formal-entry type, or more of a come-in-and-take-your-shoes-off buyer. We’re a Colorado-grown builder in the Denver metro area and in northern Colorado with more than 40 years of experience who will work with you to make your vision come to life. Call us today and let’s get started! 303-420-0056