How to Decorate an Entryway Like A Pro

How to Decorate an Entryway

The entryway is a guest’s first impression of your home. You should introduce guests to your style from the minute they walk in the door. This is why knowing how to decorate an entryway is important. It’s the first part of your home that everyone sees, and it can act as a catch-all for shoes, coats, hats and other accessories. You’ll want to make sure it’s stylish and functional.

Choose a Theme

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First things first. To style an entryway, you’ll want to pick a theme to work with, so your entryway has a general style and design direction. Whether you like something more mid-century modern, farmhouse or contemporary, you’ll want to get an idea of the look you’re going for.

Pick a Color Palette

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The next thing you’ll want to do before you start decorating your entryway is pick a color palette. You can choose to set your entryway apart from the adjoining rooms by choosing a color completely separate from the other areas. Or you can carry the color palette throughout the home to have one cohesive look. That’s really up to you and your style preferences, but you’ll want to make sure you know the colors you’re going for.

Decide on Furniture & Accessories

We can’t teach you how to style an entryway without giving you the must-have essentials of an entryway. While it should showcase your personality, it should also be functional as it’s the first place that people step into and kick their shoes off. This area should hold all of the necessities when coming into and leaving the home.

Coat Rack

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Whether you choose to do a coat rack or hooks that you can hang your things on, you’ll want something to hang coats, purses, backpacks and other items to keep them off the floor (and the couch!). We also recommend some baskets or bins that you can tuck away to serve as a catch-all for other odds and ends like scarves, gloves and mittens (hello unpredictable Midwest weather).

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Rug or Mat

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Adding an area rug to your entryway can provide a pop of color and cheer up the space. It makes the entryway feel like its own area. It’s also good for slick floors so they’re slip-free when guests walk in with wet shoes. A small mat is also a good addition to an entryway because it makes it easy for guests to wipe their feet off before stepping inside. It’ll collect dirt and water during wet weather so less mess from outside gets tracked indoors.

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Seating

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This needs to be on your “what to keep in an entryway” list because it’s a key element of a good entryway. Seating allows your guests to sit down and take their shoes off (and vice versa, put them back on). When shoes come off at the door, there’s less dirt and mess that gets tracked in the home. Keep your seating casual so your guests feel welcome and comfortable. Choose a bench, accent chair, stool or even ottoman. You can keep it as simple or creative as you’d like, just as long as you have seating.

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Storage

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Entryways tend to be a catch-all for keys, hats, gloves, coats, purses and more so storage will play a big role in keeping an entryway tidy and organized. Shelving, bins, tubs and buffets are all great ways to stay organized. Buffets do a great job to style an entryway and provide extra storage space for keys, charging devices, and other things you likely need easy access to every day. Bins, tubs and storage benches all work nicely to organize things like hats, scarves, gloves and other items that you may not pull out every day but still find themselves flung in the entryway.

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Mirrors

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Mirrors are of course perfect for one more overall check on appearance before heading out the door, but they also provide a great focal point for the area. Mirrors can make the space look bigger since light reflects off it. Hang it above a console or seating area.

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Accent Pieces

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Your entryway reflects your personal style, so add some fun accents that showcase you and your home. Think throw pillows, wall art, an impressive sofa table and other accent pieces.

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Lighting

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You have to know how to decorate your entryway with good lighting. Just think about it; what’s the first thing we do when we walk into our house? We flip on a light. Make sure you have an overhead light in your entryway that’s easy to turn off and on. Bonus points for lighting that also works as décor to style your entryway.

Fresh Flowers

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Flowers and plants are a great way to style your entryway. They add a pop of color for you and your guests to enjoy and make the space feel fresh. If you want something you don’t have to change out often, go for a low-maintenance flower or plant you can keep year-round. Or switch up your flowers with the changing seasons. Have a house with pets? We also have some great pet-safe plant suggestions.

Your entryway can be both stylish and functional (because you shouldn’t have to pick and choose). Choose elements that show off your personality while incorporating some that have a functional purpose and you’ll be on your way to decorating your entryway like a pro!

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