Transitional Space: The Look for Less

The transitional space—the entryway or the mudroom—is a current hot spot for home design. It’s the area that you and your guests see first and should therefore be cheerful and clean, not full of clutter and chaos. While you’re replacing those boots and scarves with umbrellas, sunhats and flip-flops, take some time to sharpen up this space, whatever the size. Even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, here are some ideas to carve out your own creative transitional space.

Paint
Even if it’s just a tiny wall by the front door, you can separate it from the rest of the home by giving it it’s own color as Pottery Barn (above) suggests. Add a spare chair against the wall and suddenly you have a place to take off your wet shoes.

Umbrella Stand
Try a nice looking trash can—no one will know the difference! For just $16 we found a great woven wastebin at West Elm.

WestElmwastebin Transitional Space: The Look for Less

Seating
Get the look of the combined bench and shelving system with separates. Pull up a bench ($99) to the wall and even if it doesn’t have built in cubbies, store your rain boots underneath—very “Maine Cottage.”

 Transitional Space: The Look for Less

Hooks
Again, don’t get “hung up” on the fancy overhead shelving. A simple rack of hooks like this one from Target ($18) will do the trick. You can paint it or leave it alone and fill it with bright wraps and hats, leaving a few open hooks for guests.

TargetCoatRack Transitional Space: The Look for Less

Organizer
Create a catchall for keys and mail. This can be a wall-mounted piece with a mirror—great for last-minute adjustments on the way out the door—or silver bowl or wooden basket on a table. For small spaces, we like this leather box ($29) from Pottery Barn. Suddenly that mess of stuff strewn about is a functional, fun “room” in the home.

PBcatchalljpg Transitional Space: The Look for Less