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7 Entryway Design & Decor Ideas For A Stylish First Impression

by Lisa Marinkovich
Decorating and designing an entryway
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7 ways to freshen up your entryway

 

First Impressions Are Everything

First impressions are everything. The entryway or foyer is the first thing you see when you enter a house. It doesn’t matter if you have a small tiny apartment or a grand house, the entryway gives your home it’s first impression. Why not make your entry feel welcoming and stylish?

Think of your entryway as the portal to your home life. It’s your own personal cozy welcome when you arrive home as well as an inviting first impression as guests, friends and family stop by. There are seven clever ways to decorate your entryway that are functional and stylish, we hope to provide you with inspiration.

The New Year is an ideal time to freshen up your entryway. Try something different, move things around, add a new element. 

1. Circular Mirror

Having a mirror in your entryway allows is just as much functional as it is decorative. When you are ready to head out the door, you can check yourself one last time. Not only that, but a mirror will help the space feel so much larger because of its ability to reflect light. Circular mirrors add an interesting modern element to any entryway. A mirror is something you can invest a lot of money in or spend barely anything at all. 

Reflect On These Mirror Options

 

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7 entryway design and decor ideas

2. Entryway Table

 Entry tables have greeted guests and residents alike for thousands of years, serving multiple purposes and in countless styles. Is your home traditional? Or does a contemporary style appeal to you? There are so many variations of entry tables. One thing is for sure, make sure you keep your entry table free of unnecessary clutter. It’s so easy to drop your bag, keys, mail etc at the front door. In some cases that’s fine if your table if your table is suppose to be more utilitarian. 

With that said, many entry table ideas contain numerous drawers and plenty of tabletop space for catchalls, key dishes, and mail organizers. The last thing you want to see in an entryway is clutter. Unfortunately, the entryway is a drop point for clutter. When you come through the front door, it’s easy to drop keys, bags and miscellaneous items on the floor, table or chair near the front door.  Managing paper clutter is always a challenge. Conversely, some (like me) prefer to keep their tables free of clutter, with preferred additions limited to a vase of flowers or careful arrangement of candles. We have gathered some different styles for you. 

Here Are Some Pretty Entryway Tables In Various Styles

7 stylish ways to decorate your entryway

3.  Floors

The entry way floor is fun way to freshen up your entry. Whether you use a rug or tile, it will make your entryway feel more unified as it defines the space. If your entry a consolidated area and not part of an open concept then you may want to consider a tile design that creates impact.  Tile or stone floors are easy to clean. 

If you don’t want to redo the floors, an entry way rug is always a great way to add a creative twist to your entryway. There are a few things to consider when choosing a run and the look and feel of the rug is on the top of the list

Shape, size, material and appearance are all important criteria to apply to your options as you narrow down your choices for your home. Is your main entry way more formal or is it the thoroughfare in and out of the home? If you get lots of traffic, you may want to go with a patterned run so it doesn’t show the dirt as much as a solid rug. 

If you go with a solid rug, it allows you more room to go wild with wall paper or other design elements on the walls.

Gorgeous Rugs That Say “Hello”

 

4. Lighting 

To understand more about the best ways to illuminate this area, we turned to two experts: Malcolm James Kutner, a New York-based interior designer known for his high-end residential work that balances form and function; and Sean O’Connor, a Los Angeles lighting designer who works on a wide range of retail, residential, and hospitality projects. 

Mr. O’Connor suggest that you keep scale in mind, first and foremost. Is this a single-height space or double-height? How is it furnished? Are there mirrors or art? What are the vistas beyond? And lastly, what are the visual cues to keep visitors moving into the next room?  This will determine what kind of lighting you want to use. Sconces, chandelier or table lamps. 

I like to use a warm light in the entry way. On my entry table, I have two lamps that offer a warm temperature. Do not use a fluorescent light bulb that gives off a blue cold feeling. 

How do you select the right type of lighting for an entryway?

Malcolm James Kutner: I think it depends on the specifics of the site and the brief. There is no rule of thumb that says problem A requires using a pendant, problem B requires a sconce, problem C dictates a lamp. Rarely in my experience is there one right way to do anything in design. It’s problem-solving with aesthetics and function and client disposition in mind.

Light Up Your Entryway

 

Entryway design and decor ideas

5.  Artwork

If you have a unique piece of artwork, consider using it in the entryway. One of the best places to place statement artwork in a home is in an entry or foyer, so that it immediately catches the eye and attention of anyone who walks through the front door. If you read my post on how to embellish a print on a canvas. So, if you don’t want to spend money on art right now, this is a fun option. Check out the following photos for inspiration.

If you are seeking a new piece of art, one of my favorite artists is Kelly Johnston, check her work out here.

6.  Seating

By adding a stool, bench or chair to your entry will welcome guests to stay. Not all entryways have room for a chair or a bench but if you do, it makes a wonderful addition to a warm and cozy entryway. Keeping the seating low is key, either with a long bench or perhaps two smaller benches, to keep the profile of the furniture below the line of sight. Here are some ideas to explore:

Some Exciting Seating Options

 

7.  Small Decor Items- Finish The Look

By adding small decor items to your console table will finish the look you are after. This is the best way to personalize your entryway. Books, plants, spheres, sculptures and family photos can add style to your entryway. Here are some items that you may want to consider. 

Fun Entryway Decor Items

 

As you embrace the New Year…. have fun un freshening up your entryway. Send us pictures of your entryway makeover! 

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[…] windows, you can use large mirrors to invite the light to bounce around the room.  For instance, decorating your entryway with an inviting  table and mirror does the […]

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Annie March 15, 2020 - 1:03 am

In the artwork section where is the green iron table with the wood top in the 3rd photo from?!! I need this!

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Chris Bear January 31, 2020 - 9:02 am

Thank you for these great suggestions–always inspired by you!!!

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Lisa Marinkovich January 31, 2020 - 2:30 pm

You are so kind, that’s for stopping by.

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