15 Entryway Decorating Ideas That Make a Stunning First Impression

15 Entryway Decorating Ideas That Make a Stunning First Impression

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Ryan Garvin ; DESIGN: Becki Owens

If you only need one reason to invest in decorating an entryway, let it be this: Everybody needs a good spot to make an entrance. Even for those among us who prefer to come and go with less to-do, an entryway space serves a functional purpose. For one, an entryway is somewhere to take off your shoes, set your keys, and hang up your coat. It also imparts the first impression of your home, thereby setting the tone for the rest of your space. Think of your entry as your very own three-dimensional welcome mat: It's well-traversed, but most people don't spend much time there.

So how do you approach decorating an entryway that's capable of accommodating brief, yet heavy traffic? A good place to start is to incorporate high-impact decorative accents that set a stylish tone, and well-appointed vignettes that say hello from the inside. Whether your entry is a formal foyer, a modified mudroom, or an apartment layout that immediately opens up into the kitchen and living room, it's all about putting together furniture, dГ©cor, rugs, and lighting that create a wow factor as soon as you (or guests) walk in the front door. Scroll on for 10 entryway ideas that make a stunning first impression.

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Upgrade Your Welcome Mat

Ryan Garvin ; DESIGN: Becki Owens

Okay, so maybe the actual first impression for your home is the front door, but a few knocks later, the view through the open door is just as important. One simple, stylish swap we'd recommend is right at your feet. Upgrade your (indoor) welcome mat with an antique rug that sets aВ classic, worldly tone.

The rug's well-worn appeal will also keep the first few footsteps in the home from feeling too precious.

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 shaped rug, and even a runner might be a better fit for your space.

West Elm Rani Rug, 6'x9' $649 $519Shop02 of 15

Play With Scale

В Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Blackband Design

Oversize art always sets a chic tone. "It's all about creating interesting vignettes while playing with scale," designer Wendy BlackbandВ says of this elevated entryway. Investing inВ the perfectВ statement piece pulls togetherВ a dramatic entryway that leaves a lasting impression.В

To choose a statement piece for your entryway, consider that this will be one of the first things people will see when they enter your home, so select something that best expresses your personality. After all, your home is an extension of you!

Gray Malin Positano Beach Vista $299Shop03 of 15

Embrace Fashion and Function

В Alyssa Rosenheck ; DESIGN: Amanda Barnes Interiors

In any entryway it's important to lead guests in with a mix of interesting décor and design elements that extend floor to ceiling. Designer Amanda Barnes outfitted this enviable vignette in an eclectic style that balances glam touches like polished brass and fresh pink peonies with more organic elements like leather stools and a decorative horn. The cowhide rug serves a practical purpose as well: “Anchor the smaller space with a rug that can handle the traffic and maintain its original charm for years to come,” Barnes suggests.

CB2 Grey Cowhide Rug, 5'x8' $599Shop04 of 15

Lighten Up

В Zeke Ruelas ; DESIGN: Brady Tolbert

For a fashionable quick fix in a small space, consider swapping out lighting in an entryway, as designer Brady TolbertВ did in his own home. A chic chandelier or pendant light can be truly transformative without the risk of clutter.В

Houzz Snow Flake Chandelier in Antique Brass $985Shop05 of 15

Step Outside the Ordinary

В Paul Johnson ; DESIGN: Nancy Mayerfield

Sometimes, the key to nailing a formal introduction is to be disarmingly charming. Entryways are no different; in a more formal foyer, for example, try adding personality with unexpected art, as designer Nancy Mayerfield did in this space. Alternatively, unexpected art can also extend to the type of lighting, coat stands/hooks, and console you choose to display in this space.

West Elm Black Marble Round Bistro Table $429-$449Shop06 of 15

Have a Seat

В Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Blackband Design

AВ simple way to make guests feel at home is to have a seat positioned prominently in your entryway. Benches and chairs alike provide a practical opportunity to sit down while putting on or taking off shoes (or to simply take a load off for a few moments.) Entry seatingВ can also be easily accessorized with throw pillows and plants that showcaseВ your personal style asВ a preview ofВ the rest of the home.

One Kings Lane Serena Cane Settee $780Shop07 of 15

Let the Details Speak for Themselves

Jessica Pages ; DESIGN: Claire Zinnecker


If less-is-more style is your thing, invest in a few small details that shine brightly. In this all-white entry stairwell, the minimalist approach to dГ©cor lets the tile detail speak for itself. The high-contrast result is simple, chic, and downright stunning.

Clay Imports Agadir Black Tile $5Shop08 of 15

Draw the Eyes Up

В Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Blackband Design

An entryway is a perfect opportunity toВ show off high ceilings and other architectural details that create a grand entrance. Don't be afraid to embrace a combination of geometric shapes, lines, and curves to lead the eye around the room in a major wow moment.В

All Modern Star Geometric Pendant $262Shop09 of 15

Mix It Up

Amy BartlamВ ; DESIGN: Jenn Feldman Designs

A console table is a classic choice for adorning an entryway with a few chic pieces and offers enough surface area to set keys or mail (or a hostess gift, should we be so lucky!), but where does one start when styling a console vignette?

"Always remember the rule of threes, especially for an entryway moment," instructs designer Jenn Feldman. She cites a few examples on how to mix heights and textures on an entry table: "An interesting lamp, catch-all tray, and a floral arrangement; a sculptural object on a stack of books next to a photo frame."

World Market Half Round White Marble Milan Console Table $200Shop10 of 15

Give Your Best Friends a Warm Welcome

Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Amber Interiors

If you're planning to do your share of hosting and entertaining, aВ warm and inviting (as well as focused) neutral palette is a great way to welcome guests. Natural wood tones and neutral rugs are theВ perfect combination for greeting, entertaining, and bidding an end-of-the-evening farewell to best friends.

Pottery Barn Finn Hand-Knotted Rug $799 $478Shop11 of 15

Choose a Theme

Alyssa Strohmann / UnsplashВ

For a cohesive look, and a first glimpse of your home's style, chose a unifying look, whether it's desert-chic or sleek and minimalistic.

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Create Extra Storage

В Sarah Dorweiler / Unsplash

A woven basket positioned near the entryway serves as extra storage for shoes and umbrellas, for example.

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Add a Small Table

В Sonnie Hills / Unsplash

Have enough floor space? A small or slim console table can serve as practical storage area with enough room to style a vignette with personal items or a table lamp.

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Go Bold With the Front Door

Brandi Ibrao / Unsplash

Draw attention to a small space and paint the door to your home an unforgettable color.

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Add Mirrors


Reflect more light and give the appearance of a larger space with mirrors.


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