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FROM LEFT Vestibule entryways, in which there is a small room between the front door and another door into the main home, are growing in popularity. Armoirs are the best storage solutions for an entryway without a closet. (All items pictured are available at Room & Board in Portland.)

Many homes throughout the Pacific Northwest are shoe-free, and a vestibule encourages the habit among guests. Also, install keyless entry. There will be no more fumbling for keys, increasing the ease of all the family’s comings and goings. From mechanical systems that don’t require batteries to interfaces that integrate with your phone, there is a system for everyone. The floor

Entryways are high water-content areas. Wood and carpet can be problematic under these conditions. Tile is the ideal floor material because it is easy to clean and is resilient. Be sure to check the slip co-efficient on the tile, however. Riordan said that honed or unglazed tile is safest. 24

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Regardless of flooring material, it is ontrend to include walk-off mats inside and outside the home. Large format (four-foot by five-foot), commercial-style rugs are popular. Coordinate the look but be sure the outdoor rug is rated as such. The closet

Perhaps your entryway has a closet. If so, hooray! If not, the best solution is an armoire. From new to vintage, there is an armoire for every style. Armoires add character while tucking away the array of textures and colors that make up a family’s collection of outerwear. Use matching, wooden hangers for a uniform look. For industrious types, Riordan recommended retrofitting a TV armoire

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from the ’90s. Most are the perfect size for an entryway, are conversation pieces and have the added benefit of reducing waste. Repurpose or buy new, but go for quality pieces, suggested Riordan, as furniture makes up the majority of landfill use by volume. The mudroom

Another access point to many homes is the mudroom. Most of the entryway tips apply in the mudroom but there is more opportunity for organizing without hiding behind closed doors. Add a row of cubbies below a line of matching hooks to give all the sun, snow and rain gear an accessible home. After all, the great outdoors could come calling at a moment’s notice. 

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