CREATE A FOYER AREA WHETHER YOU HAVE ONE OR NOT BY USING PLANTS, HOOKS, BENCHES AND RUNNERS
There’s no one way to show you how to decorate your entry, nor a single formula for designing a drop-off zone for the stash of keys, sunglasses, wallets, loose change, backpacks, purses and what not you lug into your home upon entry, every single time. Because, simply put, not every home has an identical, cordoned-off foyer area or vestibule to label as the entry.
And let’s not even get started on mudrooms. They’d be ideal to have in the UAE: a place to dump all your gear and rid yourself of the bucketfuls of sand you’d usually lug back home from a day at the beach, a place to hang wet towels after a jaunt in the pool, a place to bring in your organic produce after a morning at the Ripe market, for example. But they are non-existent in apartments and rarely designed into a villa’s interior, useful as they may be.
But there are plenty of ways to fake it in design, and create the kind of nook you need, which would be both aesthetically pleasing and serve a purpose. and we’re here to show you how. now that the school year is well underway, you’ll be hard pressed not to trip over school bags and gym gear and backpacks galore, not to mention crafts covered in glitter - all of which will be strewn all over the floor right by the front door. no one likes a cluttered entry, and there are solutions to avoid the mess and still have a designated foyer upon entry to your home.
So - let’s start with the obvious. if you have absolutely no entry once you walk in through the front door, you can fake one with your choice of clever work-around. The idea is to create a pause before the seating area. one solution to introducing an entryway could be by positioning a rug and some key pieces of furniture just inside the front door. That will allow you to set up a drop zone. Bookend the doorway with two greeting areas. “A bench with some hooks nailed into the wall above it is a combo that lets people know right away that this is an entry area,”
ANOTHER CHOICE IN LAYOUT IS TO SET UP A DIVIDER UPON ENTRY
says Sarah dabbas, an interior designer based in dubai. if there’s space for it, place a chest of drawers which can double as a shoe cabinet, and decorate it with a tray on top for grab-and-go essentials, like sunglasses, keys and phones. Hang a mirror above it “for that last check on your way out”. Places like Zara Home – which now delivers online – can be great stops for accessories like mirrors, trays and wall hooks. We especially love the Fiona Walker animal felt hooks stocked at Tribe dubai, all of which make a fun statement upon entry.
don’t forget the floor. Center a rug between the drop zones to help define the space as a foyer. Make sure it’s not a puny rug; you don’t want it to feel like a doormat. Maisons du Monde have some excellent options for runners in various sizes.
Then, connect the foyer and the main living area (couches plus Tv) with a pair of poufs or low stools. They’ll double as spots to pull shoes on and off as you walk in or out of the house. decorate with a large wicker basket nearby to corral all the shoes as well.
Another choice in layout is to set up a divider upon entry, either by using a bench, a bookshelf or a console, and not necessarily against a wall. That, with a runner laid down, can carve out an entrance corridor. now, as with all spaces, do bring in greenery. Popping a plant into a corner facing the front door can help fill out blank space and is in your line of sight as you walk in, making the room feel instantly welcoming. if the corner doesn’t get a lot of light, go for a snake plant from ikea.
now, for that mudroom solution. You can create a school bag nook and keep bags off the floor by designating a hallway. Hang a sturdy bag rack with multiple hooks – again, easily found at ikea, but there are also some great vintage options at Arts and Craft Furniture in Al Quoz, made out of brass and wood shoe inserts, or get one custom-made by the carpenters at the dubai garden Centre. Above the hook, you’d have space for a bulletin board to pin all the school notices and crafts that kids are always bringing home, or you can even create a gallery wall of family photos. Beneath the hooks, a long thin bench – Muji has some excellent options – can provide seating for putting on and taking off shoes, and just slip some baskets under the bench for extra storage. Pottery Barn has baskets of all shapes and sizes, and canvas ones can even be customised with each child’s name to designate personal space. Pan Emirates has even cheaper options, and indigo living has upholstered benches, if you’re so inclined.
The bottom line is this: there’s a solution for whatever need might arise in your home, even if there’s no one designated space to address that need. You just need to get creative.
04 01. Console entry 02. Zara Home console 03. Mudroom and entry using bench 04. Farmhouse-mudroom 05. Simple mudroom using ikea hooks 06. Console-table-styling 07. Entryway or mudroom with Pottery Barn baskets