There is nothing like arriving home, opening the door and stepping inside. The entrance is what you arrive home to everyday, as well as being the first impression for a visitor. We asked Georgia from Seek & Style for some styling inspiration & tips to create a stylish entrance that would work well for a busy family.
“I love Scandinavian style, and I wanted to create an entrance that is warm and inviting for visitors but practical for everyday living.” says Georgia. Using neutral tones and natural materials, Georgia created an entrance that would make arriving home a pleasure, more than fulfilling her aim to create a hallway vignette of understated elegance.
The shoot was done at a holiday house in the Adelaide Hills, so it's no surprise that Georgia included practical touches like Hunter Boots, and a dust pan and brush.
"The entrance is what you arrive home to everyday, as well as being the first impression for a visitor." | Georgia, Seek & Style
Here are Georgia’s tips for creating a practical, stylish, Scandi inspired hallway:
Choose neutral tones and muted colours to create a sense of cohesiveness and simplicity.
Choose natural materials – a wooden bench, Seagrass basket, and oak hooks for complementary textures.
If you can include some cut flowers – it keeps it fresh, and if its not easy to do fresh flowers, replace these with an inside plant and keep flowers for special occasions/guests.
Artwork - this is the focal point and really shows the personality of the home. We love this artwork as its mysterious and neutral.
Lighting – don’t forget to include a lamp or lighting as it creates atmosphere, especially for evening visitors, and is welcoming for any one arriving or leaving late at night.
Bench seat – this is the hero piece of Georgia’s vignette. And it’s not only practical but helps to define the space. It’s a place to sit and put on or take off your shoes. I went for a bench seat over a console as I didn't want the entryway looking cluttered. If I had the console I would be inclined to chuck everything from keys, to mail there and I didn't want that to be the first thing people see when they walk in. However, if you like leaving this at the door the bench seat can still accommodate a small bowl for keys.
Baskets – belly baskets are one of the handiest pieces to have in the home – they offer extra storage for scarves, mail, shoes, whatever! Plus they look great.
A floor rug – a rug can help to define the space in the hallway, as well as catching the dirt from shoes. Plus it adds softness to the space.
A Velvet cushion - along with the rug this helps to add texture and soften and warm the space.
Dustpan and broom - For a quick sweep of dirt that wasn't picked up from the rug. (We think this is genius – not only is it the best looking dustpan and brush we have seen in a while, its super practical wherever you live.)
And finally wall hooks – these are great – offering easy storage as you enter the home for your jackets and bags. These brass tip wall hooks give that added elegance even when nothing is hanging on them.
Thanks so much to Georgia for creating this gorgeous vignette and sharing her tips and tricks.
Need more inspiration? Make sure you take a look at our article 4 Looks for Your Entrance.