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Get The Look: Entryway

Design Paralysis (noun): When you spend 3.5+ hours searching Pinterest for decorating ideas and then do nothing different to your house afterwards.

We see this ALL the time and we understand the struggle. Being exposed to so much design inspiration makes it hard to narrow down what you love and actually come up with a decorating plan. So, how do you fix this? First, you need to take a deeper look into each inspiration photo and ask yourself some questions. For example:

Do I like this room because of the color scheme?
Am I drawn to this room because of the style of furniture?
Is this a space I could actually live in?
Do I like this room because of the furniture layout?
Do I love this space only because it is styled so perfectly?

Interior Design Entryway

It is easy to glance at a photo on Pinterest and automatically "PIN" it because it is so perfectly clean, styled and new, but did you really love the room? Did you take a look at each furniture piece? Did you look at the flooring? What aspects of this room did you really like?

This "Get The Look" series is going to help walk you through the process of finding inspiration, asking the right questions and coming up with a decorating plan. For this special Get The Look, we are using this beautiful entryway by Kate Marker Interiors as our inspiration photo:

Interior Design Entryway

Comment #1: "I love the layout!"

When decorating using an inspiration photo, we strongly advise NOT copy the design exactly. Inspiration photos should help narrow down what you love and give you ideas for things that could incorporate into your existing space. In this inspiration photo, someone might say they love the layout of this Kate Marker Interiors entryway. They might have a space that has a very similar layout and they love the idea of the furniture being symmetric, a statement rug and seating at the end. A layout is something you can copy exactly because it gives you a good starting point. Using different furniture, styles or color schemes are going to be how you make the exact same furniture layout your own. Here is an example of this in action:

Interior Design Entryway

Comment #2: "I love the colors!"

For this next decorating plan, someone might really love the color scheme of the inspiration photo. Maybe they don't necessarily love the style of furniture or the symmetry of the space but the colors really spoke to them. A color scheme of deep blues, hot pink, gold and white can be used with a different floor plan and different style of furniture for an entryway look that is still inspired by the inspiration photo. Take a look at this in action:

Interior Design Entryway

Comment #3: "I love the style of the space but my entryway isn't that big!"

This is a very common feeling when looking through inspiration photos. Someone might love this inspiration photo but they don't feel like it can translate into their home because of how large the entryway is. Don't worry because the ultimate goal in using inspiration photos isn't to copy the space exactly, the goal is take the aspects of the room that you love and make them work with the space you have. Maybe you just have one small wall for furniture and enough floor space for a small rug, which will work if you use a similar style of furniture and decor as the inspiration photo. Just incorporate what you love on a smaller scale!

Interior Design Entryway

Do you have a Pinterest board full of inspiration photos that you want to incorporate into your home? Our designers can help with just that! Start a project today and have a shopping list in your budget in 3-5 days.




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