The crazy high (13') ceilings, double front doors, and beautiful newel post and banister! We tried to accentuate the drama of the architecture without being *too* distracting! I love my work-in-progress collection of b&w group photos going up the stairs and the rugs. (All thrift store and estate sale scores!) I also love bringing in ridiculously huge bouquets of branches--flowering or autumnal or green--to decorate!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Entryway:
1. Make it as open as possible: In our case, bright white walls and mirrors make the space feel less narrow. We put a doorway back in that previous owners had closed up; without it, the entry was much like a dark, unfriendly tunnel! 2. Use a wall-mounted table: It's one less thing to go flying when the dogs hit the rug upon hearing a doorbell! ANY size entry can benefit from fewer things on the floor. As a bonus, our console is a piece of house history--a cut down shipping crate that sat in the basement for decades! 3. Set a unified aesthetic tone for the entire home: We wanted our entry to give an overall sense of the rest of the house, so we used colors that (I think) look great with the adjacent rooms, and the gradated stair risers, painted ceiling, and vintage photo collections clue visitors in to the colorful, historic, collected home they're entering. An oversized old map of STL is a fun conversation piece, and local friends like to find their own streets on the map!