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How to Change Up an Entryway

You may have heard the saying everything's bigger in Texas and having lived here twenty years, for the most part, I'd agree. When I first moved here, one of our favorite things to do was to drive around and look at real estate and the different architectural styles. I had never seen so many homes in such different neighborhoods built on such a grand scale. {Spoiler alert...I'm planning to bring back a series from my old blog called "House in the 'hood" -stay tuned for that soon.} As you might imagine, these Texas sized homes are blessed with very large entryways. While it allows so much room for welcoming guests, shuffling kids (and all their "stuff") in and out to school and extracurricular activities, honestly it can be a conundrum as to how to best use the space.

You might remember the dining room centered around art that we featured a few weeks back. Well, we are back in the same project today in the adjoining entryway to point out how to elevate an often forgotten or confusing space to style!

Modern transitional entryway by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors.

As you can see from the before picture below, this entry felt heavy and just not functional.


I agreed with her on the heaviness - the dark stained console on top of the deeply saturated rug definitely contributed to that feeling.

Just as we considered existing artwork and furniture in the dining room, we made sure to repurpose what we could in the entryway as well. We moved the console upstairs to replace a long table that had no storage. We replaced the artwork next to the coat closet with the mirror that used to be above the rounded console to reflect the gorgeous light streaming into the dining room windows and right into the entryway.

Modern transitional entryway by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors

Now onto the changes we DID make! The mismatched rugs before the redesign broke the entryway up unnecessarily. Due to the size and length of the entryway, we used two custom geometric rugs in the same sisal with cotton texture, both for continuity and lightness in the space. Plus, that texture is great for catching dirt on shoes and sports equipment before it gets tracked into the home. Customizing the size ensured that we wouldn't have any furniture legs awkwardly set on the rugs, and they clearly delineated each space through the entryway into the main rooms.

Modern transitional entryway and dining room by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors

Because this area was also directly next to the dining room we redesigned, we also focused on bringing the caramel and deeper blue tones into the entryway as well to complement that space.

The biggest takeaway for the client here was how important scale can be. Remember the rounded console that took up about half the wall? By switching to this 9 foot storage console one might think would be too big for this entryway, we actually made the space feel just right! We also love the geometric tie-in with the rug pattern on the face of the console.

As an added bonus, this piece serves up big function giving my client storage outside of her coat closet for all of her various holiday decor that is usually set up in the entryway! She even has a quick gift wrap station hiding in there - how smart is that?! She can grab a bag or wrap a quick gift just before she heads out or welcomes guests- I definitely need that in my house too.

Modern transitional entryway by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors

Do you have a frustrating entryway or space in your home that has driven you crazy for ages? Reach out through my contact form to set up a design consultation! I'd love to help you solve your design dilemma.

Photos by French Blue Photography


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