While often overlooked, the entryway might be one of the most important spaces in your home. After all, it's the place that welcomes people into your home and, in some cases, might be the only part that visitors see.
So why treat your entryway like a total afterthought? You can use clever design features to organise, brighten the space and make the best first impression possible. Go beyond the welcome mat and make sure your entryway says what you want.
If you're like most homeowners, your entryway can get a little cluttered. As the landing place for kids, guests and even pets, it's all too easy to let piles stack up. The best design tip for your entry is to ensure that everything has a place. Be realistic when planning out your foyer: if you tend to drop your mail when you walk in the door, make sure it has a place to go.
Sure, in a perfect world, your kids would hang their backpacks in their room, but a couple of hooks in the entry can keep them off the floor. Even a place to stash shoes out of the way means you're not tripping over boots and flip flops–and a shoe bin doesn't need to be perfectly organised. Instead, think about how you and your family use the entryway and get organised.
Offer A Seat
One thing that most entryways tend to miss is a place to sit. Naturally, you're not inviting people to pull up a chair in your front foyer. Still, a place to sit gives a convenient place to slip on shoes or sort through the mail when coming and going.
In addition, a bench can double as a clever storage solution for shoes and jackets to help cut down on clutter. Look for a bench with shelving or one that hinges open to make your entryway comfortable and convenient.
Your entryway is the perfect place to define your style. While it might be a tighter area, you can capitalise on wall and ceiling space to add extra style. A statement chandelier, for example, can give guests an idea of your home's style.
Or, a grouping of picture frames can add some interest to the walls. Travel much? Your foyer walls are the perfect place to display shadow boxes, mementos, and souvenirs, so visitors know what's important to them.
Define The Space
If you live in an open concept home, a front entryway can be tricky. Without a clear definition between the foyer area and the rest of the home, you could be left scratching your head. Defining the space with colour and furniture lets visitors know where the entry ends and the home begins.
Stage your entry with furniture, so there's a clear delineation between it and the rest of your home. A well-placed bookcase or table gives a place to set keys or a bench, and a locker set shows guests where to stash their stuff. Is the entryway too small for furniture? Utilise a bold colour or wallpaper to bring attention to the foyer without clutter.
Entryways are notoriously tight in some homes, and others can suffer from a lack of light. So bounce some brightness into the entry by utilising mirrors to reflect light. It works especially well if your front door features windows. By angling a mirror directly across the light source, you can double down on whatever natural brightness you have to make your entry feel larger and airier.
Remember that your entryway should serve as a way to welcome guests into your home. Make sure that it gives the right impression and help your guests always feel comfortable.
Offer a defined place to put things so that guests aren't left holding coats and shoes. Diffusing essential oils or lighting a candle ensures your home smells as great as it looks. Keeping necessities like phone chargers, ice scrapers, and umbrellas at the ready means you always have what visitors need on hand.
Take a look around your entryway and ask yourself: does this foyer say what I want it to? When you start thinking of your entryway as a personal space (and not just a place to drop your stuff), you can see how visitors feel when they walk through your front door. Focus on comfort and style to make sure your entryway makes an entrance.
Pick A Colour Palette
Not sure where to start with your entry decor? Pick a colour scheme to unify the space! It can be established through your wall colour—like in this blue entryway—or simply through decor. Once you land on a colour palette, work in your hue of choice in a few shades in different pieces throughout the space—like through your choice of the rug, baskets, art, lamps, and other decorative accents.
Create A Functional Entryway Checkpoint
The entryway is the first place you set foot into when you come home and the last place you see when you leave. So adding a few thoughtful touches can greatly impact your entire day. Additions like drawers for mail, a tray for essentials like your keys and wallet, and hooks to hang your bag or coat will help organise the space—and your life!
Think about the things you grab on your way out the door and create an entryway design that helps remind you to take them with you. It will help ensure you'll always be prepared to face the day.
Consider Your Layout
The layout of your entryway is just as important as the contents! First, ensure a clear path to and from the door, giving you ample space to walk through. No one wants to feel cramped the moment they walk through the door! Next, consider which way your door swings to open and leave enough clearance around it.
Then, work around other architectural elements, like windows, closets, and other hallways. With all that in mind, make sure the elements you end up including work with your lifestyle and are highly functional.
Stay Organised With Storage
Storage is the ultimate key to functional entryway design. Because entryways are usually the first and last room you pass through in your house, clutter has a way of piling up quickly. In addition, your entryway sees a lot of action, from kids' school bags and toys to packages and purses. So to keep clutter at bay, we say get organised with smart storage.
Our favourite entryway storage idea? Enclosed are storage pieces, like this woven-front credenza. The drawers create an easy place to stash mail, gloves, keys, and more. It's perfect for on-the-go lifestyles. And since the storage is enclosed, you can quickly tidy up and hide clutter without the need to organise your entryway design constantly.
Add Personal Touches
After a long day, it is nice to come home and be greeted by a space you love. Take a little extra care to curate decor and art in your entryway design, so you are welcomed home by things you love from the moment you step through the door.
Consider adding a few photos of your family, sculptures from a trip, or fun decor that showcases your style. A few of these personal touches in an entryway can instantly make your home feel like your perfect oasis.
Keep Your Entryway Design Simple And Stylish
Sometimes the best entryway designs are the simplest ones. Of course, it would help if you had a piece of art or a stylish mirror, a console or bench, and a few decors pops.
We love a bench for an easy place to put on and take off shoes. And a mirror is key for last-minute outfit checks and can help make smaller entryway designs feel more spacious! Finally, some potted plants and decorative pillows pack a stylish punch in any entryway, making them our must-have pieces to complete this space.
Make Space For A Mirror
Since your entryway is the last place you'll be before you leave the house, we highly recommend making space for a mirror. No more scrambling for a last-minute outfit or makeup checks! You can hang one over a console table or bench.
Or, if you have the space, try a floor mirror so you can see yourself from head to toe. It is especially great if you don't have room for a full-length mirror in your bedroom!
Use Baskets For Stashable Storage
If you don't have a lot of space to work with or don't want to invest in a heavy-duty (and more expensive) storage piece, baskets are the way to go. They're functional, affordable, and stylish—a triple threat! And there are so many style directions you can go with baskets.
To go for this option, choose your preferred basket—or two or three—and tuck it under a console or bench. Or line a few up along the wall! We love this option for households with kiddos, as baskets are an easy way to stash shoes, coats, and backpacks.
But regardless of if you have kids or not, baskets are a great way to keep you organised. Use one for shoes, reusable grocery bags and purses, and outdoor equipment like frisbees and balls!
Tuck In Seating
If you like to sit down to put on and remove your shoes as you come and go, build seating into your entryway. You could add a bench with a mirror or hooks above, opt for a chair or settee, or go for a pair of stylish stools that you can tuck under your console to save on floor space!
It is a great option if you have a smaller entryway—or none at all! You can turn a hallway into an impromptu entryway with a small console and stools. This way, you can pull out the stools when you need them and tuck them away when you don't. (You could also go with baskets instead of stools, or do one of each!)
Create A Jaw-Dropping Focal Point
Entryways might be small, but they don't have to be an afterthought. With the right interior design attention, your entryway can rival any other room in the house. And, considering this room gets so much traffic, it probably should. Need proof? This entryway design from our Modern Rustic lake house proves just how stylish these spaces can be!
It doesn't take much to create a gorgeous look here either—pick a console table you love, hang a show-stopping work of art, and cover the floors with a gorgeous rug (make sure it has a durable weave and can stand up to extra foot traffic). Bonus points if you have space for a statement chandelier! Then, tuck in a few baskets for a stylish pop of storage. These are especially great for kid-friendly entryways where all the clutter can be hard to contain.
Think Off The Walls
Your entryway furniture doesn't always have to be pushed against the walls. If you have a larger entryway or open foyer, consider "floating" a round table in the middle of the space. A floating table is a great entryway design option if you have a lot of square footage by the door and aren't sure what to do.
It opens up the functional possibilities for your entryway layout and gives the area a slightly more formal vibe and polished look. With the extra wall space, you can add additional storage (think a credenza or bookcases) or prop a full-length mirror for easy last-minute outfit checks on your way out the door.
Play With Negative Space
Don't be shy about using your entryway as a place to display art and decorative objects. It's the first part of your home that guests see, so it's a perfect place to make an impression! (Peek a few of our other favourite entryway designs to make a stunning first impression in your home.)
Just don't overload it with too many things. Instead, play with negative space and highlight the pieces you're most proud of or excited about. It is also a great moment to rotate decor with the seasons or your mood—which keeps your home feeling fresh without buying new art and decor!
Work With What You've Got.
Don't have a proper entryway? Or maybe your front door is in your living room? We say work with your space and use some of our best small space hacks for entryways. If possible, carve out an entryway "zone" or corner. Then, include the essentials—like storage, seating, or even a coat rack or a few hooks.
Think about your morning routine and your "get out the door" needs to determine your essentials. For example, do you need a place always to put your keys, so you don't misplace them? Baskets to organise the kids' stuff?
Hooks to hang your coat and bag? Whatever your essentials are, work them into your design. Here, we tucked in a petite credenza for a pop of storage and a place to set mail and keys on the way in and out of the door.
When selecting a rug for your entryway, a few more tips to keep in mind include choosing a rug made with durable material, such as wool. Natural rugs, as opposed to synthetic, cotton, or silk rugs, can handle the wear and tear of heavy foot traffic.
Also, consider mixing up the shape of your rug. While a rectangular shape is popular, a square or oblong rug and a runner might better fit your space.
Add Natural Texture
The secret ingredient that every polished space has? Texture. Up your entryway style with this easy addition. Think weathered wood, chunky woven baskets, stone, and natural fibre rugs (great for high-traffic rooms like entryways).
The coral statue, pictured above, is also a fun and unexpected way to add texture. We also love these knotted rope lamps with linen shades. Adding any or all of these natural pops of texture to your entryway will spice up the design.
So, if you're looking to give your home a quick and easy makeover, start with the entryway. These design tips will have you welcoming guests into your home in style.
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Sometimes the best entryway designs are the simplest ones. Of course, it would help if you had a piece of art or a stylish mirror, a console or bench, and a few decors pops. We love a bench for an easy place to put on and take off shoes.
Place lanterns or galvanised pails with candles on the steps to welcome guests as they come onto the porch. Add an outdoor rug to make the space feel cosy. Toss a few throws onto furniture so you can wrap yourself up on cool evenings. Use accent pillows on furniture for added colour and comfort.
Compared to ceramic tile, porcelain is stronger and more stain-resistant making it a better choice for hardworking entryways. However, porcelain floor tile has its pros and cons.
Vinyl is one of the most resilient flooring materials. It's durable, moisture and scratch-resistant, and easy to clean, making it a great, low maintenance option for entrances and hallways.
Attractive – Wood floors bring natural warmth and elegance to entrances and hallways. They're also highly versatile and can complement a variety of design styles. Durable – Wood flooring is durable and long-lasting despite a lack of water resistance.