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Laura’s Organization-Focused Entryway (Before + After!)

Entryways can be a bit of a forgotten area when it comes to decorating, but it’s the first impression that visitors get of your home, so it’s worth the time to make sure it feels welcoming (and cohesive) with the rest of your home design. And when you add some sneaky (and stylish!) organizational elements to the area, it becomes a highly functional space as well rather than just a pass through.

When we moved into this house last fall, the entryway had a tile floor that was breaking away from the underfloor beneath it, a bifold closet door that was too tall for the closet opening (so they just leaned it against the door), and lighting fixtures and hardware that were very dated (and mismatched!). So the space really felt like it needed some cohesion and purpose.

Since the space is directly next to our dining room and living area, I wanted to make sure the colors and feel of the entryway also flowed into those rooms as well and gave a little preview of the rest of the house. I thought about doing a fun wallpaper (like Elsie did in her entryway), but I ended up with a solid color paint choice (for now anyway!).

Pink door opening into a pink entryway

The earlier space had outdated fixtures, mismatched switch plates, a broken closet door, and just needed an overall tuneup to feel fresh. We added a new sputnik light fixture and a more modern brass entryway doorknob set along with a coat of paint for the front door (Bubble Shell by Behr) and painted the walls a soft pink (Soft Stone by Valspar).

before and after view of entryway

Besides the paint, the biggest change came when we took out the poorly installed tile that was coming up on its own (you can even see in the before photo how they don’t line up flat with each other) and added in a white oak floor instead. It took a ton of extra time as we ran into a bunch of problems, but it’s so pretty and we love it.

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