Ideas & Inspiration
14 Entryway Decorating Ideas
Looking for furniture ideas for an entryway or want to create the look of an entryway when you don’t have one? From painting techniques that can make a hallway look bigger to clever shoe storage ideas, this Home Depot guide gives you 14 ways to make a great first impression.
Turning your foyer into a sitting room isn't one of the most obvious entryway ideas but it's the most inviting. Lay down a plush rug to define the area. A tall faux tree and interesting entryway lighting such as a pendant light will add height. Create a focal point with a stylish mirror over a console table and finish with a comfortable chair complete with and a plump pillow.
Fashionable comes in all sizes. Make the accessories the center of attention in a small entryway. Start with a powerful, oversized piece of wall art. Add in unexpected but so-right storage pieces such as an umbrella stand and a natural wood desk with a hidden drawer.
Apartments and other smaller homes rarely leave any room for entryway tables. One of the most practical small foyer ideas is simply to place a wall shelf with hooks right beside the door. Hang coats, display art and still have a place large enough to hold keys and more.
Of all the entryway ideas, paint is one of the easiest and most affordable. Color can open up cramped spaces or give an oversized entryway an inviting yet dramatic look. For example, create a sense of coziness by applying a darker color along the bottom of the walls and on the trim. Pick a lighter, contrasting color for the rest of the space.
Is your staircase the focal point of your small foyer? Make it a statement piece with decorative patterned tiles or removable wallpaper in a graphic print. You'll still need storage, so pair it with a small, neutral three-tiered table with a basket for keys, phones and whatever else you need to toss in at the end of the day.
Parked at the backdoor, a hall tree works wonders in high-traffic areas. Clutter is no match for its baskets, hooks and double portion of closed drawers and cubbies. A cushioned bench for removing shoes, boots and the cares of the day is a given.
The bare minimum for a well-designed entryway is the right table. The ideal table has a top just wide enough for a decorative bowl to hold keys and an almost invisible glass lamp for lighting up late-night arrivals. Slide a sturdy pouf underneath for those days when you can't wait to sit and take your shoes off.
Some of the most charming entryway decorating ideas are those for the holidays. Season's greetings start with festive wall prints, holiday pillows and a miniature real or faux tree in a rustic container. Keep things practical by hanging extra wall storage for guest hats and scarves and adding a few more metal bins for winter shoes and boots.