By Anna Kocharian

Published on April 2, 2018

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Photography by Wynn Meyers

More often than not, the entryway becomes an area in which we dump our daily gear. In some extreme cases, it becomes the spot that transforms into a capsule collection bearing an entire season’s worth of accessories. Sure, we have a lack of space to blame for this but even the smallest of dwellings can bear to hold a surprising amount of stuff when efficiently planned. The key? Bringing in streamlined storage solutions that beautifully marry form and function, without taking up an exorbitant amount of room.

With that said, and with spring cleaning in mind (it’s finally time to stow away those bulky winter coats, even if the weather doesn’t agree) we sourced a few beautifully-designed entries—like this wallpapered stunner spotted in a charming Austin bungalow—that just may inspire a little organizational revamp of your own.

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We’re suckers for a solid wood-paneling, especially when it comes high-contrast in form. Take, for example, this well-designed moment: the wooden finish of the back wall conveniently conceals the similarly-toned hooks while the streamlined cased-shelving at the base provides ample storage room for the more unsightly of items. 

An added bonus comes by way of the bench—an ultra convenient spot for added storage, a decorative display, or simply a spot to perch on while getting ready. 

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Photography by PIPPA DRUMMOND

When it comes to small spaces, you can always pretty much guarantee that the majority of the spots in your home are going to play double duty—case in point: an entry console that just may function as more of a vanity. Peek inside Madewell’s It girl and lead designer, Joyce Lee, whose equally cool entry features a compact console that comes paired with a sleek mirror shelf, providing ample opportunities for a curated display. 

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Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s 1920s Spanish-style home boasts one seriously stunning entryway—well, a makeshift one anyway. Set against the side-front of the fireplace, a wooden console outfitted with fresh florals and art, instills a welcoming element to the space. 
 
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A cozy nook furnished with a compact chest makes for the ideal storage solution for the unsightly gear more commonly found in entryways. Paired with a full-length mirror and a set of wall hooks, the result is a streamlined setup built for efficiency. 
 
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Photography by ERIN AUSTEN ABBOTT VIA DESIGN SPONGE

Pops of saturated color distract the eye from the otherwise minimalist decorative scheme of this vibrantly pattern-filled spot. For a more boho-chic approach to storage (read no bulky shelving) bring in a handful of woven baskets to conveniently house a slew of essentials. 

Tour the rest of this mid-century ranch house on Design Sponge.

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Photography by JOHN GRUEN

For the entryway that’s more about form than function it’s all about creating a truly wow-worthy scene with the items you may already possess. Here, a bench functions as a landing pad for a curated selection of books and found objects, while an eclectic grouping of wall platters further set the tone for the decorative theme. 

Get the scoop on this artful display here. 

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This DIY leather hanging organizer, created by A Pair and a Spare, does wonders for such a tiny entryway. Aside from managing to hold a mirror and provide ample space for storing various accessories (plants included), it also makes an impactful style statement. 

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Embrace an industrial approach to storage by utilizing a modular system much like this stunner. Topped with a wooden layer, the added element of warmth complements the matte black finish of the piece. Decked with only a handful of essentials—lamp and wall art—the look is effortless perfection. 

See the rest of this creative space here. 

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Photography by MIKKEL ADSBøL

The entryway shouldn’t be an outlander when it comes to a vibrant wall paint or wallpaper. In this home featured on Bolig magazine, a dusty shade of blue helps designate the confines of the entry that comes decked with a lengthy bench and plenty of versatile storage solutions. 

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Photography by ERICA GANNETT VIA REFINERY29

Clutter happens. Dealing with it can be nothing short of a headache, but with a few clever contraptions you can easily keep it at bay. Here, a floating shelf comes paired with a kitchen utensil rack to house an array of odds and ends. A medium-sized mirror is conveniently set on the shelf while a set of cubbies, further up on the wall, store the lesser-used items.

See more of this charming home on Refinery29.

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Opting for a more minimalist approach? A wall-mounted hook rack paired with a bench is essentially all one would need for a complete entryway. Bonus points for bringing in a set of uniform baskets to keep the clutter to a minimum. 

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Published April 25, 2017. Updated April 2018.