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Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

by | Sep 18, 2017 | Decorating Inspiration, Entries/Mudrooms, Fall Nesting for the Homebody

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Fall is the time of year when COZINESS is on the mind. At least it’s on my mind. Even if coziness is not yet on yours, you can just file today’s ideas away for the first rainy fall day (which we totally had yesterday here in Seattle!).

Here are some fun and unexpected ways to create a cozy entry just in time for fall!

1. Create a Cozier Space With Curtains.

Entries tend to feel a little chilly in the fall and winter. Treat the space like you would any other room in the house. The unexpected floor length curtains in this entry coupled with the wallpaper, rug and furnishings make this space as warm and welcoming as can be! I’ve seen curtains around a door, too. In the right kind of house, door curtains can be adorable, warm and cozy looking.

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2. Elevate function with character.

A cozy home will feel lived in, but we don’t have to sacrifice style for function. Set a welcoming tone of warmth and comfort with a relaxed but pretty mudroom vibe. Closed storage and baskets hide unsightly elements. A bench, hooks and shelving infuse the space with the warmth of function and character.

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3. Plush pieces make everything cozier.

It’s not often you see an ottoman in an entry, but why not? If you have the space, bring in your coziest furnishings. A plush upholstered piece tells friends and family this home is a comfortable place. Soft furnishings soften hard surfaces and sounds, too, making the whole space feel cozier.

(PS…my tufted teal ottoman is on a pretty awesome sale right now!)

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4. Create a cozy seasonal focal point.

Every entry (big, small or one that is simply a part of another room!) should have a seasonal focal point. Yet, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a spot filled with traditional seasonal decor. Even a gentle nod with a subtle mood or textural changes or the combination of elements used can be so cozy and inviting.

Shop your house for items you could use. Perhaps you’ll find a shelf, a stool, or a piece of furniture in another space. Now shop the house some more. What other elements and textures could you add in to make the coziest statement?

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5. Bring in something eye-catching.

Add an eye-catching or unexpected furniture piece or accessory to cozy up the entry. (Your entry might be one in the same as your living room, but that’s fine, too! The way you arrange your furniture in the living room might be able to serve a dual purpose or create an entry space).

Character often translates to cozy and inviting, don’t you think? So keep your eye out for something unexpected and eye catching for your entry. Perhaps you’ll find a wall sconce, an antique mirror, a funky stool or a unique bench.

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6. Define a cozy space with colors, shapes and statements.

A round table in an entry feels extra inviting and unexpected. It can be a perfect spot to set those pretty coffee table style books, which can make such a a cozy statement in an entry. Look for other ways to add color, interesting shapes and cozy statements, such as a lantern, or a textural basket filled with umbrellas, walking sticks and a tartan throw.

Happy Fall Nesting, friends! What’s your favorite way to cozy up an entry for fall?

Catch up on the latest Fall Nesting posts or start from the beginning of the series here.

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  1. Taste of France

    The wallpaper in the first one is beautiful.
    Curtains over doors can make a big difference in the winter, for added insulation. Quite a few of my friends use them.

  2. Sharon

    That first pic with the arched screen door. Perfection!

  3. laura

    Looks great! I am struggling with a window when one walks through the front door and then a little inset next to the hall closet. Two benches seems like overkill and so do two tables! laura

  4. Diane @ An Extraordinary Day

    That green door!!! Oh. My. Heart!! I am so easily smitten with curved doors and doorways.

  5. franki

    Oh, I am digging that paisley!!! franki

  6. sandyc

    Oh, that green door! That would be heavenly. I actually have an old screen security door in front of my solid door now that will be replaced next year when the HOA paints our houses. Living here in the Sun City West, AZ desert, I can only open the solid door when I’m home and when the weather outside doesn’t demand air conditioning inside which isn’t too often. My dream door that would be acceptable to the Board would be a Larson Premier Classic Elegance Easy Vent® with Retractable Screen Away®door – that solid door could always stay open when I’m home and I could let in the fresh air when the weather permits. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be allowed to paint it green. I’m busy visualizing and programming that door to grace my entryway next year. Thanks for the renewed inspiration, Melissa.

  7. Dawn

    Not usually a curtain fan (I have bamboo blinds), but that first picture was love at first sight! Matching the wallpaper to the curtain fabric: BRILLIANT! And once the weather turns rainy & chilly here in Portland, Oregon, we need to “cozy it up.” Sooo, curtains are now on my plan. I have a small entry way with a window & closet that is separated from the living room with an arch. Thinking about extending a rod all across the living room wall so that I can pull it across the entry when it’s really bitter outside – what a cozy feeling that would be! Thanks for the inspiration…

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Sounds wonderful to me! Did you guys get rain today? It was so blustery and rainy in Seattle, it truly felt like fall here!

  8. Jo Jo

    Love all your inspirational photos for cozing up a Fall entry! For my own entry, I’ve decided to switch out a crystal vase with a faux spring/ summer bouquet that sits on our entry table for a more rustic iron and glass vase that I keep filled with fresh seasonal flowers for Fall. I’ve a handmade basket that sits in the second shelf of the entry table and next to it is a white faux pumpkin next to it. Above our table is an oval mirror and my hubby purchased and installed two bronze and glass wall sconses on either side of our mirror and the sconces hold a fat 4 ” flameless flickering candle. Hubby did good! Along with the small brass and stained glass lamp on the table it really warms up the space now in the evening! We’ve got the lamp and the flameless candles on timers. So nice when they come on just as we begin to lose the day’s light. ?

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