Stylish and Functional Entryways

Whether your entry is a grand foyer or a simple mudroom, it’s a small-but-big-deal spot in your home, balancing functionality with style. It has to be functional to hold shoes, coats, and other things that would clutter up the home. But style is also important because it’s the first place your family and guests see when they walk in to your home. Depending on your layout, you may have two entries: the front door and the door to the garage. So how do you maximize the two spaces? We have a few ideas.


Storage space is a must to keep the entry from getting cluttered, especially if there are children at home. Consider getting a hall tree with shoe cubbies to hang jackets and organize shoes. If that doesn’t fit your style, a storage ottoman might be just enough to keep shoes or cold-weather items out of the way.

An inviting entryway must have plenty of light. If the space lacks natural light, adding a lamp or a grand overhead light like a chandelier can liven up the area and create a stunning first impression. To contrast, if your entryway has windows, privacy may be a valid concern. Adding a film to the windows is a simple solution. Budget Blinds offers hundreds of film designs including timeless and modern looks, even etched patterns of stained glass.

While it’s not essential, having a mirror in the entry can be helpful so you don’t have to go to another room to check your look before heading out the door.



There are plenty of ways to add style to an entry! If you have a grand foyer, use a large statement area rug. If you have an entry hall, use a runner. This is not an area to cheap out on, though. Because this space has a lot of foot traffic, be sure to choose material that is durable to last for years to come. Are your creative juices flowing with ideas? Budget Blinds can help with custom rug designs!

If space allows, add a console table with a lamp for functionality. A little decor can go a long way like a mirror above the table, and candle to keep the space smelling great. Entry decor is a fun area to change out with the seasons. Faux flowers in a vase look bring a pop of color in the spring. A lantern would look fun for summer. Add mini pumpkins in the fall and pinecones or a small holiday tree in the winter. The possibilities are endless.

To add some “WOW” factor, don’t be afraid of going bold with colors and statement pieces! Some ideas include fun wallpaper, a colorful art piece, or funky overhead light. But you still want the entry to look cohesive with the design in the rest of the house, so keep that in mind.

We hope these ideas are helpful! Budget Blinds of Madison can provide options for a stylish and functional entryway through top-of-the-line window treatments, rugs, and expert advice. We are locally owned and operated, to ensure you’re getting the best service possible. We are your neighborhood window coverings experts.  We serve Deforest, Windsor, Waunakee, Middleton, Madison, Fitchburg, Verona and more. The process is easy, simple and fun. We do it all for you. Stop into our showroom in Verona at 807 Liberty Drive Ste 104 or give us a call at 608-827-2212. We will send one of our design consultants for a FREE in-home consultation.

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