There's bitter irony in the fact that designated entryway space is especially important in very small homes that lack any entryway at all. The entry is a way station where clutter and mess from outside can be sorted and organized, and in small homes, keeping clutter to a minimum is key. So what are some ways to create an entryway in a small space?
Even if your home is a studio where the door opens directly into the living space, you can create a "landing strip" that contains all the elements of a functional entryway, such as in the example above from Canadian House & Home (where they have a great gallery of entryway photos). Fashion a vignette along a wall that's adjacent to the door. The vignette might contain a narrow console table or bench; a mirror (with the added benefit of making your space feel larger); some storage for mail, keys, phone, and the like; possibly shoe storage and/or an ottoman or chair for sitting down to remove shoes; decorative elements that create a warm and inviting feeling as soon as you enter your home.
A few ways to define the area and separate it from your living space:
• Consider putting up a sheet of wallpaper or a large piece of framed fabric behind the landing strip itself. This will designate it as a separate space with a unique purpose.
• Create symmetry with your decorative elements. A collection of plates or grouped artwork hanging alongside the mirror in the first photo provide a nice frame that defines the space. You can also hang sconces to frame the area, or a pendant lamp that sheds light on the landing strip alone.
• Lay out a narrow rug or runner and line it up with the console table. This creates a kind of hallway even in the absence of walls.
The Apartment Therapy archives are full of small-space entryway inspiration. Here are a few posts to peruse:
(Images: Canadian House and Home)