It's easy to get overwhelmed with choices when decorating a space—the endless options paired with restrictions of price, size, and availability are enough to give just about anyone decision anxiety. But here's one thing to remember: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to decorating choices, budget is arguably in the mind of the beholder as well. Unlike science or math, there is no right or wrong formula to decorating a space (perhaps only a few rules to follow). This also means that there can also be an infinite number of "right" combinations for any space in the house.
This made us wonder how our own editors would actually interpret a specific space, and because we love to play dreamhouse at MyDomaine, we put them to the test. The task was simple: Pick four items you would use to style an entryway console—and tell us why you made those choices. With the overwhelming talent and discerning eye of each one of our team members, we were obviously dying to see how this experiment would turn out. We weren't disappointed. Ahead, six renditions of breathtakingly beautiful front entryway ideas styled by our own editorial team. Take note.
"Entryways set the tone for your entire home—so I'm not one to shy away from statement pieces. I've spotted the Cestita lamp in a few interiors lately and have slowly developed an obsession with it. Because I tend to shy away from wood finishes for larger furniture pieces (in favor or more streamlined pieces in interesting materials like green marble), I also love that the lamp brings back a little warmth. The Gubi Ponti mirror was a no-brainer—first because it always makes a small space feel larger, and second because I have been wanting one for a while now.
"Since everything else is so linear and structured, a simple vase with wild blooms is the perfect balance to offset the other pieces. In an ideal world, I picture this setup in a space with light wide plank oak floors and plenty of natural light. I would finish it off with a colorful vintage rug, a practical bench, and a set of hooks for hats and bags."
"For better or for worse, I'm the kind of lady who kicks off her shoes and de-robes immediately upon entering the front door after a long day. I don't gently place things down; I toss them. This stool is a nice little accent with brassy touches and classic upholstery—plus, it'd make a great home for a pile up of things I toss around. I also like quirky art. It makes me laugh, plus it adds an offbeat breed of beauty that I find alluring. This photograph is particularly amazing; is that a Dalmatian or a horse?
Why is she hanging out in flippers? Can I hang out with her in flippers?
"For larger investment pieces, I like casual materials and neutral hues. This console is raffia and grasscloth. Usually, I'd go for rattan or bamboo—when I say I'm obsessed with the tiki look, I mean obsessed. The marble candle holder dresses things up a bit and it doesn’t throw off the color palette, so it’s a win-win. And it's pretty enough to stand on its own even without candles."
"It can be tempting to overstyle a console with knick-knacks, but I think you should start with three basic pieces: A large mirror or artwork to anchor the space and create height, a soft light to illuminate the entrance, and baskets to hide the stray items that tend to accumulate at the front door, such as shoes. I love that these three baskets are staggered at different heights and also add an interesting texture. Each item works together thanks to a neutral color palette and organic, curved lines."
"Living in New York has taught me that there's no such thing as too much storage. Needless to say, I take every opportunity to add more of it to my space. Case in point—this console that boasts a surprising amount of it given the petite size. Another small-space living tip: Have a place for everything—including your keys and sunglasses. A small tray does the trick. This one from ABC Carpet and Home adds a bit of personality. I like to keep a candle (Le Labo Santal 26 is my personal favorite) and fresh flowers nearby for a lovely welcome home."
"If I were to decorate my dream home, the end result would most likely have midcentury bones and bohemian touches, a preference that is represented in this entryway. I typically like to keep the color palette fairly simple and prefer the brighter hues to come from natural elements (which is part of why I love plants and greenery at home). As far as the art goes, I always look for something abstract; this watercolor piece from Minted artist Mary Gaspar was actually inspired by plants and botanicals, which plays nicely with the palm leaves."
"Every entry needs a bench. Not only does it look stylish, but it's a great place to rest while you tie your shoelaces (or your children's) and it's also a good place to hang out for much longer than necessary while ushering out friends post–dinner party. Having a chic vintage rug in your entry is akin to rolling out the red carpet for your guests. It makes a stylish statement and sets the tone for the rest of your home. It also helps to cover old carpet or floorboards that you're not able to renovate yet.
"Mirrors are the best small-space hack, but other than their very obvious function, they can also provide artistic license. Case in point the West Elm asymmetrical wall mirror, which doubles as wall art. I love the vintage treatment on the glass fused with the modern geometric cut. Also, it doesn't matter how many times I see this pendant, I still keep coming back to it. The warm glow this pendant omits makes everyone look good, and that's the kind of welcome we all want, right?"
Next up: Eight arresting entryways to inspire your own space.