Also on these boards
I would love to work on a variation of this here. In our own home, there is a closet along the left-hand side of the doorway, but I believe it would pull nicely with a touch of paneling for the opposite side. That way, with my intention of bringing in colour to the entrance/hallway, it still wouldn't feel too dark. (Lack of natural light at the front of the house is an issue atm.)
Make this a mudroom by substituting a long entry table with a beautiful tablescape on the right side, with a shelf on bottom for shoes and a shelf above for wicker baskets of stuff you need when leaving the house. You could also add boot trays under the bench for additional shoes.