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How to Decorate Your Entryway

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

As the saying goes, "you only get one chance to make a first impression".

When it comes to your home, that means creating an appealing hallway or entryway space. It sets the tone for what lies beyond and offers a glimpse into your personal style.

Decorating this area requires thoughtful consideration to create a warm, inviting, and functional space that makes a lasting first impression. In this article, we'll guide you through a variety of creative ideas and furniture arrangements that will transform your entryway.

Entryway decorating ideas

Define your style and layout

Before you begin decorating, it's essential to define the style you want to convey in your entryway. Are you aiming for a minimalist look or a grand entrance? Whether it's modern, Japandi, or mid-century modern, aligning your decor with your overall home style helps create a seamless transition from the outside in.

Also, assess the available space and consider how it can be optimised for both style and utility. Remember, a well-thought-out entryway is more than just a pretty space; it offers convenient storage solutions for everyday items like coats, shoes, and umbrellas.

Select the right furniture

With a charming oval silhouette and tamboured doors, the Harper Sideboard opens up to sufficient storage for knick-knacks and necessities. Picture credits: @houseofchais

Select furniture pieces that not only reflect your style but also serve a practical purpose. A statement console table with drawers provides storage for keys and mail, while a bench or chair offers a comfortable spot for putting on or taking off shoes.

Incorporate functional storage

Other than simply using cabinets, create more functional storage solutions by installing wall-mounted hooks, coat racks, or storage ottomans. Baskets or bins can also be used to organise shoes and other accessories, creating a neat and inviting entryway space.

Choose colours carefully

When it comes to selecting colours, the options are endless. However, the colour scheme can significantly impact the ambiance and vibe you're giving off when you enter your home. Light colours like beige or pastels can make the space feel open and inviting, while darker colours can create a moody interior.

The colour scheme you end up choosing is also highly dependent on the size and layout of your entryway. If you have a long and narrow corridor space with a small amount of natural light, then try to avoid the darker colours. On the other hand, spacious entryways with lots of natural sunlight are more forgiving when it comes to dark colours.

Remember that this space sets the whole tone for your home, so choose a colour that works with the rest of the house, inviting guests to step in and feel wholly welcomed in your space.

Add mirrors for depth and light

The Kit Bouclé Stool and mirror placed at the entryway enhances the functionality of the space. Picture credits: @jessie_khoo

Incorporate a mirror into your entryway design to add depth and light. Mirrors create the illusion of a larger space and reflect natural light, instantly making the area feel brighter and more open.

Introduce greenery

@diannnnneee adds several potted plants alongside the Miles Mirror to create a brighter and welcoming entryway.

Introduce a touch of nature to your entryway with potted plants or a small indoor garden. Greenery brings life and freshness to the space, making it feel more vibrant and inviting.

Delineate with runners

Durable and hardwearing, Lilou Runner Rug is perfect for busy spaces.

As entryways are usually narrower, runners are the perfect addition to the space. Compared to rugs, runners are long and narrow, stretching along the length of the space. This helps to define the entrway as a distinct area of your home and visually establish it as a transition space. Furthermore, the runner serves as a guide, leading guests from the door deeper into the heart of your home.

Your entryway is more than just a passageway – it's a canvas for expressing your style and making a memorable first impression. By carefully selecting furniture and maintaining an organised space, you can create an entryway that sets the tone for the entire home. With these expert tips, you'll be well-equipped to transform your entryway into a captivating and inviting area that welcomes both you and your guests with open arms.


What should I put in my entryway?

Entryways can often be small and cramped but are usually high traffic areas. So, you need to strike the right balance of having storage and furniture but also having enough space so that you’re not blocking the way. A console table is usually a good idea, as is a bench or armchair where you can sit and put shoes on or take them off again.

How do you make an entryway look nice?

Try to work with the space and light provided. Your entryway sets the tone for your home but also has a highly practical purpose. Use furniture sparingly but try to maximise your storage options. A mirror and some suitable lighting, with a rug on the floor can add style elements without taking up too much space.

How do you style a small entryway?

Even if your entryway is small, fret not! Adding mirrors can help light to bounce off, creating a brighter space. Additionally, use foldable chairs, sliding cabinet doors, and hidden storage to reduce clutter and make the most out of the limited space.

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