Whether your home has an entryway that leads into a grand foyer, a long hallway, a mudroom, the living room, or the kitchen, it should create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for guests when they enter. As you begin to envision ways to refresh your entryway, why not use this opportunity to create something unexpected, fun, and bold? There are several ways to create a functional but eye-catching entrance. Consider using the following simple design ideas to revitalize your entryway for a great first impression.
Design with a rug
There are many rug styles and sizes that you can use for your entryway. Whether it’s vintage or modern, Persian or Moroccan, an entryway rug can add flair and elegance to your home. If your entryway overflows into your living room or kitchen, use a rug to help demarcate the area. The size and shape of your entryway will determine the best rug shape to use—rectangular is generally the most popular, but a square or oblong rug or a runner may be a better choice. Select a durable rug made from natural fibers like cotton, wool, or silk since not all synthetic fibers are as resilient.
Lighten it up
Make a bold statement by adding a new light fixture, such as a decorative chandelier, contemporary light pendants, or even traditional sconces, to transform your entryway into a stylish and inviting space.
Applying attractive window treatments to any sidelights or nearby windows is a great way to brighten your entryway. Ideally, the best types are wood or faux blinds, cellular (honeycomb) shades, or roller shades that are cord free combined with light filtering to maximize light and privacy. Window treatments for door windows should be narrow; for example, one-inch slats will fit easily with the handle or knobs.
Adding mirrors to any room, particularly in smaller spaces, can make the area appear brighter and more spacious due to the light reflecting from the mirror. Regardless of the type you choose—a floor mirror, a single mirror, or a gallery of small mirrors—the results can convert your entryway into a well-designed, visually pleasing space.
Less may be more
If your entryway is small, you may want to embrace a minimalist mindset. You can still create a wow factor by decorating to scale, which will also help you avoid overembellishment. Consider adding a chic console table with a vase, plant, and decorative tray, complemented by a light-colored wall with a stylish mirror.
If bold colors aren’t your vibe, neutral colors and simple decor can be just as attractive and welcoming. Try mixing different hues of the same color, such as tone-on-tone whites with creams, to create an easy, natural, and visually appealing look. Incorporate natural wood-colored furniture, an interesting textured area rug, and some plants to create a cohesive appearance. Also consider adding a pop of color to bring the entryway to life—even in small doses, it can go a long way.
Deck the walls
A well-decorated wall can add dimension and interest regardless of the size of your entryway. Experiment by mixing colors and decor from floor to ceiling and by adding some abstract art, floating shelves, a photo gallery, or geometric-patterned wallpaper. If you’re not partial to wallpaper or it’s not in your budget, consider painting one of the walls a bold color to add some oomph. You can also transform the walls into something quite chic by texturizing with paneling or wainscoting.
Picture black and white
Here’s your chance to step outside the box with an elegant and luxurious black-and-white entryway. Add a contemporary console table, wall art, and lighting to make it an entrance to impress.
Having the proper storage can keep your entryway organized and visually appealing. There are several options you can choose from: a storage bench for items like bags, shoes, boots, umbrellas, hats, and gloves, an armoire for coats, or decorative baskets placed under a hallway console table for miscellaneous items.
Hang them up
Coat hooks and racks come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and many are highly decorative. They can help you turn your entryway wall into a versatile, charming focal point where you can stylishly hang your hats, coats, scarves, and bags.
Spruce it up with plants
Adding plants to a room is probably one of the easiest ways to add color and give your home a welcoming feel. Whether you choose one large floor plant or an assortment of smaller ones, you can’t go wrong with bringing a touch of nature into your space.
The rule of three
Top interior designers often refer to the rule of three—arranging items in groupings of three to create a more visually appealing space. You can easily implement this strategy in your entryway by adding height and texture to a table with a potted plant or vase of flowers, a decorative tray, and a table lamp. You could even swap out the plant for a small stack of books with a photo frame on top.
A chic table in an entryway can act as a place to drop your mail and keys that’s also pleasing to the eye. If you have the space, place a decorative chair or bench next to the console table to round out the look. Add a little pizzazz to the seat with some colorful throw pillows or cushions. Your entryway size doesn’t matter, so don’t be afraid to express yourself.