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How to Refresh a Small Entry

Small spaces have their own unique set of challenges. Low ceilings, limited wall and floor space, multiple doors or openings. My little entry has them all. Surprisingly though, it’s one of my favorite spaces in our home. A few years ago we did a complete renovation of the stairs. Talk about a transformation…and that’s when I fell in love with this tiny space. I’m going to share how to refresh a small entry and work around all the obstacles. 

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

I still love everything about this room but once in a while it needs a refresh. I usually spruce it up seasonally because that seems to be the easiest way to go about it. Adding seasonal decor takes just a few minutes but always makes a room look cheerful and revived. 

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

How to Refresh a Small Entry

The first thing I do is add fresh flowers either from the grocery store or my yard. I love being able to walk outside and come back in with a bouquet of something. These lilacs are not only lovely but they filled the space with a clean, fresh scent. Earlier this spring I had already switched out the prints in these three black frames to my watercolor tulips. To add a little interest I replaced the middle tulip printable with one of my Motherhood quotes.

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

One of the ways I like to accessorize my entry is with tote bags. You can plop a bunch of flowers in them and they make a perfect vase. I don’t literally put the flowers in the totes…I put the flowers in a container and place the container in the tote. 

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

Here is a look from last spring that was fun and a little unexpected. I put my grain sack tote on the end of the stairway banister and filled the bottom with plastic grocery sacks. I placed the tulips in a plastic pitcher and put that in the tote bag. I did this all summer long…I just kept switching out the flowers. I warned my husband about the water and we managed to avoid any spills!

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

If you have even a tiny bit of floor space it’s easy to add color with a rug. I chose this blue outdoor rug because I can take it out on my front porch and hose it off if it gets dirty. It was also an amazing price for a rug this size. (Link at the end of the post.)

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

The last place for me to add a little interest is this tiny corner with my husband’s chair. I try to have some sort of fabric in this corner…either a throw or pillow, sometimes both. I dug out an old pillow cover and in a few minutes the corner was refreshed.

Shows you easy, DIY ways to refresh a small entry. Don't let a small space hold you back! This shows you how to work with what you have but make it feel new.

So to sum things up, if you want to breathe some new life into a small space here are some ideas:

Fresh flowers
Inexpensive art prints
Unexpected accessories
Colorful rug
Textiles with color and texture

Links and sources:

Free Printable Art
Outdoor Rug (aff. link)
Grain Sack Totes
Similar floral tote
Refinished stairway project
Paint colors
Print of my home: The Red Painted Cottage

Thank you for stopping by and spending a bit of time…I am so grateful.
ann anna clara pse