We think of entryways as functional first, where incoming mail, coats, groceries, and other clutter comes to rest. It's often not a pretty sight — which is a total bummer when it's the first thing you see coming home. Instead of sighing and averting your eyes each time, find ways to make your entryway prettier, more organized, and inviting.
Unattractive Radiator: In this entryway from Dezeen (lead image above), a radiator (and the shelf above) was painted a dark color to make it blend right into the wall.
Utilitarian Thermostats, Alarm Panels & Fuse Boxes: One Kings Lane shares how a vintage oil painting, mounted on hinges, is an attractive way to camouflage things you don't want to see, but still need easy access to in your entryway.
Huge Pile of Shoes: The plague of entryways everywhere, mounds of cast-off footwear, which increases every day as more get added to the collection. Get them off the floor and organized with a wooden shoe rack.
Recycling & Unwanted Mail: Baskets hide a multitude of sins. Sarah Gibson wisely placed a huge one under her entryway bench, which makes it easy to toss catalogs and other junk, then haul it all out to the curb on recycling day.
Worn, Faded Doormat: Hannah's old doormat was faded and tired and she found a way to not only brighten it back up, but to make it more functional with her house number. You can see the "before" photo over on The Home Steady.
Scuffed Up Stairs: Staircases, especially in rental entryways get worn down and shabby looking. Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess lined her stairs with dotted removable wallpaper that can be peeled away when she's ready to move.
Dated Light Fixture: Megan Pflug updated her entire entryway with a bunch of DIY projects, including this brass arrow light fixture. Via Design Sponge.