A farmhouse lovin’ reader was stumped on how to decorate her entryway, so I’ve helped her gather some inspiration for either a Modern Farmhouse entryway/foyer or for a French Farmhouse entryway.
Which do you like best?! I’d love to hear!
I’d like you all to meet my new friend Kristin.
Kristin has an entryway (or foyer – whichever you prefer to call it), and she couldn’t quite figure out how to decorate it. They had already done incredible wall treatments, and even added a ledge to perch some pictures or decor on . . . but that’s as far as it got.
Until lo and behold, she caught wind of my NEW PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP, and submitted her space for me to gather design inspiration to help her discover some new ideas for her lovely home.
I was giddy with excitement to help her bring this space together. Talk about some great bones – am I right???
As much as I would like to, I can’t travel to help her pull it together – but I can hope that these design mood boards will surface some new ideas and help her realize the possibilities of this perfect entryway.
For the rest of this post, I’m going to talk right to Kristin – but every one of you are welcome to read and leave your input in the comments below as well. Let’s help her out together!
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You ready for some ideas? I loved seeing the signs of life and little feet in your images. Let’s consider how to make this entryway a space you will love and that will suit your family lifestyle as well.
You mentioned to me that you love Traditional Farmhouse style. Yay! I’ve rounded up a couple of looks with plenty of traditional decor that will stand the test of time. I’ve also added a touch of modern or a touch of romantic French style. My hopes behind this method is that you will see how easy it is to add a little bit of personality to each space, while holding on to traditional decor. I like to do that to each room in my home and it helps me create a more curated look. For example, my favorite style is Cottage. I hold onto cottage roots, while letting each space speak on its own, with perhaps a touch of Farmhouse Cottage, or French Cottage, or Country Cottage, etc. This helps me have fun with my decorating and gives me a bit of creative allowance. Once you have great bones (like your space) it’s simple to switch up just a few things to give it a whole new vibe when you tire of seeing the same things. (For more on this topic, read How to Add Character to Your Home).
Alright! I can’t wait to show you any longer. Lets take a look at some design elements for a Modern Farmhouse Entryway.
You mentioned you didn’t know what to do on the walls and that you were unsure of the rug. Keep in mind, I pulled together other elements like furniture choices and light fixtures, but you certainly don’t need to replace those if you don’t want to. But my initial thoughts were that the rug and darker/larger bench felt really heavy in this space. I’ve found smaller areas like this really do well to lighten it up both in color and weight.
THE RUG: I think you could get away with a smaller rug which would let your beautiful floors shine a bit more. Keep it running lengthwise with the rectangular shape of the room, but you could get a smaller rug to save money and lighten it up. I actually found two options of rugs that I liked. You can see the difference below.
I have to say, I’ve had jute rugs in the entryway before and they are so great at grabbing the dirt and grime before it comes in the house and they hide it well.
THE BENCH: I’m linking sources for you (and anyone reading), but I would totally DIY this simple bench, or hire someone to do it for a fraction of the cost. Benches are great to have in entryways for kids. This one will take up less space and not feel as heavy. It has a great traditional farmhouse vibe.
THE BASKETS: Shoes . . . boy do they add up! I should know! I’m kinda guessing here, but I bet you have another spot where you would prefer your kids put their shoes – like a mudroom or off the garage entry. While you can certainly encourage them to drop their shoes in the right spot . . . they won’t, so keep a cute basket next to the bench to corral those items. I’d totally look at a thrift store for a basket, and paint the bottom half white.
THE PILLOW AND BLANKET: A member of our community mentioned to soften the area with a pillow. I agree. I thought the cute round pillow would be great to rest on the bench, for a soft landing for a little one, or drape a throw and pillow inside of the basket next to the bench. Switch the colors of these items during the seasons for instant seasonal decor or splashes of color.
THE LIGHT FIXTURE: Your fixture is gorgeous, so adding one to the round-up was just for fun. I liked the farmhouse look with a touch of color on that pendant. Very simple and clean to help with the modern look.
THE HAND BAG: Your hooks were just begging for a natural market bag . . . I couldn’t help myself. Use it for library books, quick grocery store runs, farmers markets . . . or just to make you smile. That’s what I would do 😉
THE WALLS: I know you said you added the ledges on the trim so adding pictures and decor would be easier. I love that idea and look, but I also think if you don’t lift some items off the ledge, you’ll find yourself with too much headspace on the wall. My thoughts were to pick one wall and hang the mirror with a simple and sleek black frame centered on the wall. Then perch some signs or frames with your favorite family or travel pics on the ledge in a layered manner. On the reverse wall, I’d simply hang 2 or 3 black framed and matted images centered on the wall. I fear too much stacked on the ledges will start to feel cluttered, so balance it well on each side. I can’t tell the size of the ledges, but their might be room for a simple treasured nick knack to layer with the images as well.
*Be sure to secure the frames, even the ones leaning on the ledges. I’m seeing visions of flying shoes and balls knocking them down. Not that we haven’t experience that a time or two 😉
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What do you think?! Do you like the traditional modern farmhouse vibe?
Let’s have some fun and add just a touch of romance to the design, and create a French Farmhouse entryway.
So I added some curves, some gold, a slimmer entry table, and the punch of color in the rug. Let’s break it down.
THE WALLS: That mirror, right?! But hold up . . . check thrift stores and antique stores for something like this. I usually always see one I could paint or use as is. But I still like the idea of a rectangular mirror centered on one wall, with a frame and sign layered underneath it on the ledges. On the reverse wall, keep it simple with a couple of ornate framed images – these are a dime a dozen at thrift stores too. Just grab paint!
THE TABLE: I love switching out decor on an entry table. It’s so easy, quick and packs a punch. Downsides to a table . . . no where for kids to sit or anywhere to hide the shoes. I’d still put a basket by the table for the shoes and things, but you might find you love a smaller compact table even more. It might invite less clutter to gather in the long run – which is my experience. This table is also one I would DIY. It would be so easy! Two boards and two pillars or spools . . . baaammmm . . . a slim entryway table!
THE DECOR: Whoa Cami! Not kid proof at all! I know 😉 . But I’d still head to the thrift store and see what I could find like it. A cool pedestal bowl for a place to drop mail or keys, and some layered old vases to work the power of thirds – bingo! I’ve even been known to paint some .50 cent vases for my decor. I bet you can’t even tell in this post which vases are thrifted (hint . . . they all were). That way, when (not if) one of them breaks, I don’t even mind. It’s a cheap lesson to teach the kids to be more careful. Also, a single vase with some fresh flowers on that table would be stunning. Keep it simple!
THE BAG: Ya, it just needs to be on those hooks, preferably next to a old worn jean jacket. Just saying.
THE FIXTURE: I couldn’t help myself. Keep an eye out for a good one while you are thrifting!
THE RUG: I’m truly convinced I need this rug somewhere in my life. It’s a beautiful splash of color with such a traditional design. Again, I’d go smaller and let it play well with the chocolate brown in your floors mixed with the lighter neutrals in the rest of the decor.
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Alright Kristin, I gotta know! Which is your fav?! Or did I miss the boat completely? I hope you’ve walked away with some ideas to get you started.
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