Create a show-stopping experience for your home entrance with these entryway decor ideas.
The saying “first impression counts” most definitely applies to your home entryway. Aside from setting the tone for the rest of your home, decorating an entryway serves a multifunctional purpose. This is the high traffic part of your home that welcomes you, your family and guests as soon as you walk through the main door. It keeps the keys, your coats, and sometimes your dirty shoes.
In some spacious homes, the entryway even has a seating area for you to rest a little and tidy up, and for guests to await before being invited into the main living areas of the home.
So, how do you go about decorating an entryway that is practical, inviting, and adds that wow factor to your home entrance?
Whether your home entryway is a grand foyer, an apartment hallway, or a mudroom, scroll down to find entryway ideas on how to make your main entrance both inviting and elegant.
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1. Go Bold on the Front Door
Nothing speaks volume more than a home front door. Dare to move away from the safe natural wood, black, and white tones to embrace a richer colour for your front door.
Different shades of blue, grey, green, warm yellow and red, from pastel to much deeper tones adorn the front doors of colourful home interiors and exteriors.
Choose to experiment with a two-tone front door, with a more neutral colour and a vibrant hue depending on your home interior and exterior colour palette to see what works better.
2. Upgrade Your Indoor Welcome Mat
Seemingly small at the various entrances of your home, the welcome mat is an important functional entryway essential you need to select with great care. Choose a dirt-and-weather resistant indoor mat that effortlessly blends with your colour palette.
Pick the colour, shape and size of your indoor welcome door mat by carefully paying attention to your entryway flooring and walls, as these will greatly influence your choice.
Unless your colour palette allows for it, stay away from very bold and colourful indoor welcome mats. They will stick out like an eye sore and will detract from the beautiful décor items you intend to showcase in your entryway.
3. Use a Daring Entryway Wall Colour
Make an impact by painting your entryway walls in a vivid colour. Warm pink, yellow, blue, emerald green, and purple are popular shades that can offer a warm welcome to anyone entering your home as soon as people walk through the door.
If your décor lends itself well to maximalist or eclectic décor styles with their carefully curated vibrant splashes of colours and textures, then give your foyer, the hallway, or the mudroom entrance a pop of colour . This will lift people’s spirits upon their entry into your space.
4. Start with a Console Table
Boost home storage with a stylish console table that will elevate your entryway and help store up your keys, knicks and knacks, and feature beautiful decor accessories.
From sleek console tables in glass, sculpted marble, cane and rattan finishes, adorned with antique brass and various metals, there is a wide array of options available on the market to accommodate your design aesthetic.
For example, if your aesthetic leans more towards a coastal décor, modern farmhouse, or a minimalist design style, pick a console table with natural, rustic wood textures or with woven finishes. Contemporary, modern, and transitional designs better accommodate the use of more cutting edge materials such as glass, brass, and all types of metals in sleek finishes.
5. Invest in Oversized Artwork
Sometimes, a large canvas with a striking design is all that you need to make a powerful first impression in your entryway. Add a bench and voila! Keep it simple.
This entryway idea is particularly great if you are dealing with a very narrow hallway, or if you intentionally want your oversized artwork to stand out as the statement piece.
6. Add a Decorative Mirror
A show-stopping mirror is an excellent decor piece for an apartment style entryway, because it helps bounce light around, and can make your space look larger.
Moreover, a Parisian apartment style mirror with gold brass details or with hand carved wood frame adds depth and visual interest to your entrance, whilst providing a stylish way to check your final look at home before heading out. Fashionistas will love it!
7. Draw the Eyes with a Chandelier
Decorating your entryway with a chic chandelier is sure to bring the wow factor into your space. For large foyers and even small entryways with high ceilings, a chandelier is the pièce de résistance of your entrance that brings your decor style to life.
If you can’t afford a chandelier, give a stylish pendant light a try. For those with low ceilings, a semi-flush ceiling light in a striking design and finish will most definitely elevate your home entrance. Go for it!
8. Make Room for a Seat
Depending on the size of your entryway, create a more welcoming experience with a chair, a built-in banquette, a bench, or even a loveseat to allow people to rest a little before entering your main living areas.
Whether you have a castle-style foyer, a mudroom, or a tiny hallway, a small sitting area conveys a convivial tone to your home, and it is an opportunity to feature a superb vintage furniture piece.
9. Decorate the Ceiling
From Moroccan décor style hand carved wood beams to bespoke plasterwork designs, add visual interest to your ceiling entryway by tapping into skilled artisanship to elevate your home entrance.
Play with these ceiling architectural features in your entryway to bring forth your creativity. Revive a historical time period best aligned with the structural bones of your home interiors.
10. Invest in a Sculptural Object
An abstract sculpture in your hallway or foyer is an opportunity for you to showcase your personality, culture, or your interest in history and the arts beyond mere paintings.
Whether you go for original sculptures or replicas of archaeological discoveries and historical figures, or you opt for more contemporary designs, select pieces that work well with your existing decor items.
11. Add Pops of Colour with Accessories
A beautiful display of colourful ginger jars, vases, artwork, and decorative objects can definitely elevate your entryway space.
Additionally, it is a great way to effortlessly add storage or to display a stunning floral arrangement for that extra touch of warmth. The key here is to combine two to three vases or ginger jars of different sizes and shapes to create a visually appealing decor placement.
12. Create Ambient Lighting
Play with different types of lighting of varying brightness and temperature to infuse a comfortable and captivating atmosphere in your entryway.
A superb table lamp, wall sconces, wall picture lights, and recessed spotlights on the ceiling can help you pull off soothing ambient lighting for your home entrance
13. Get a Statement Area Rug
Nothing so effortlessly captivates the eyes and brings much needed warmth than an area rug at the entrance of a home. As you are dealing with a high traffic area, consider decorating the entryway with a textured rug. Make sure to select one made with durable materials such as wool, hemp and natural fibres of jute, seagrass, or sisal.
For the more fashion inclined, a hand-stitched or natural cowhide rug with its varying shapes and sizes can definitely add glamour to your home entrance. Experiment with different rug shapes and textures to see what further elevates your space.
14. Maximise Storage
Placing a velvet storage stool or woven storage baskets underneath the entryway console table adds both texture and additional storage. Cleverly hide away shoes, extra books, or a few decorative accessories you want to easily swipe out throughout the year.
Besides, a storage stool can be very handy when you need additional seats for family or friends’ get-together at thome.
As for storage baskets, the sky’s the limit in terms of woven textures and colours you can go for. From an all-natural wicker look to cotton and eco-friendly abaca, seagrass, rattan, hemp, or jute fibres, pick storage baskets in a style and size that elegantly help keep clutter away.
15. Tile your Entryway Floor
Tiling your entryway floor is one of the most stylish and long-lasting ways to make a big impact as soon as people open your main door.
From ceramic to porcelain tiles, and high-end natural stones of marble, limestone, or terracotta and zellige tiles, the opportunity for you to be creative is endless. You can even choose to mix different tiles together to create a bespoke patchwork tiles pattern that will add just that zest of colour in your entrance. Alternatively, go for timeless elegance with either calacatta marble marble or checkerboard concrete tiles.
16. Wow with a Stunning Mural
I believe everyone should have a room or at least a wall in their home to play with either a wall mural or a wallpaper. The entryway is one of those places where you can choose to decorate either a single wall or to saturate your entire home entrance for maximum impact. Choose what works best for your space.
For wall murals, the beauty about them is that they can be made bespoke in wall panels to suit your specific space requirements. The most high end panoramic design options from De Gournay, Anando, or Papier de Paris are even handmade. In terms of wallpaper, go bold in your choice of patterns or keep it classy in elegant grasscloth texture and finish.
17. Be Playful with your Stair Runners
Dress up your stairs with a gorgeous stair runner to add colour, patterns and a little bit of warmth in your entryway. Aside from helping you elevate the look of your hallway, a stair runner helps soften wooden, natural stone, or concrete stairs to make them more user-friendly for children, the elderly, and even your pets.
Just make sure they are very well installed and regularly checked up for safety issues. Stair runners are also helpful for noise insulation, as they help minimise the sound of your footsteps when you go up and down the staircase.
18. Incorporate Plants
Decorating your entryway with a little bit of greenery, dried plants or dried flowers can bring your home space to life.
Go for low-maintenance indoor plants such as the trendy pampas grass or a dried baby’s breath bunch that you will be able to keep alive without too much time and investment, and very little water consumption.
19. Consider a Vintage Entry Cabinet or a Sideboard
Use a vintage entry cabinet, dresser or a sideboard in your hallway to optimise storage and add a more unique look to the entryway. This is particularly ideal if you have a small footprint, and you are seeking to store items that you are struggling to find room for in your main living spaces.
Use it to store extra dishes, special tea sets and cutlery, tableware, or any other useful home essentials you need extra space for.
20. Create a Wall Gallery
The entryway is a fantastic spot to display a wall gallery full of memorabilia and different wall art decor items that will bring back fond memories.
You can go all classic and play with a similar wall picture frame to create a cohesive look on your entryway wall. Alternatively, consider a more unique approach by mixing together different wall art decor accessories to create an original gallery wall display.
21. Go For a Round Table
A small round table in the entryway, with or without small benches or chairs, works very well for spacious foyers. This is the opportunity for you to upcycle a small table from the thrift stores or go vintage with a unique find.
Alternatively, small round tables in natural stones such as travertine are very popular for their understated elegance and their ability to easily blend in in various decor schemes.
22. Paint Your Entryway Ceiling
Create contrast by painting your entryway ceiling in a vibrant hue that is different to your wall paint shades. Another idea is to consider adding a few stripes or even painting a mural on your entryway ceiling to draw the eyes up.
These ceiling décor options are clever ways for you to add happy pops of colour and let your personality shine throughout your home.
23. Let Light in with Glass Door Panels
Make an impact with glass door panels in your entryway. This works particularly well for medium to large size home entrances, as they allow lots of natural light to flow in.
Glass door panels help brighten up the entryway, and work beautifully with minimal entryway decoration, because they act as a key feature and focal point in your space.
24. Create a Mini-book Library
If you are short of space in your home office or the study, use your entryway space to install a compact shelving unit to stack up your curated books and beautiful decor accessories.
This is an opportunity for you to display your favourite books alongside stunningly handcrafted vases and decorative objects that you have collected over the years.
25. Go Under the Stairs
If you have an entryway with some negative space at the bottom of the staircase, use it to fit a round table, a storage unit, or even a tiny powder room the way I have seen in some homes.
Be creative and do what will work seamlessly with your home interiors without cluttering your entryway decor and traffic flow.
26. Mount your Console Table
A floating console table is a small entryway idea that can help you maximise space and convey a more expansive feel to your space. It’s a great way to open up the entryway and divert your focus to more interesting decor items of your home entrance.
27. Make Use of a Pedestal
Sometimes all you need to decorate your entryway is a pedestal with a sculpted object to rest the eyes. This minimalist approach in design is ideal to decorate the bottom part of a curved staircase, as it helps create visual interest whilst keeping the space clutter-free.