The entryway sets the stage for your entire home. It is the first and last impression that people have when they enter and exit your home. Today I’m going to share with you how you can make your entryway inviting, functional, and set the tone for the rest of your home.
The entryway is where we greet friends and family, it welcomes us home, it sends us off into the world. It only makes sense to decorate your entryway to be a welcoming and joyful area.
One way to make your entryway a welcoming place is by adding an entryway table where you can display personal items, statement pieces, and store items you likely need before you leave your home.
I have a few examples of welcoming and well decorated entryways I want to share with you today.
Decorating An Entryway: Questions to Ask
Entryways are usually small and sometimes awkward. You have to take your space into consideration when you decorate it. Can it fit a table? How can you make the space look larger? Do you need to have more functionality in your entryway?
These are all questions that I plan on addressing here. Before we get started though take your space into account. Measure your entryway and write them down. If a table impedes the flow of traffic or makes the walkway awkward consider adding a few box shelves instead.
Keep in mind how your space can function. Unfortunately for me, my entryway doesn’t have any room in it and leads directly into our living room. I recently decided to put a entryway shoe cabinet just inside my living room. I am lucky enough to have a closet right as you enter the home so coats and jackets end up in there instead of on my sofa.
Entryway Table And Entryway Decor Do’s and Don’ts
Since this is the main entrance to your home your entryway should be a reflection of what people will see as they enter your home. In other words, don’t do a modern entryway in your rustic decorated home. Keep your decor the same throughout your home.
Other dos and don’t’s that you should know:
- Add height to your entryway by placing pictures or art work on the walls.
- For normal height ceiling make sure you use a neutral rug that blends in with the floor to make the area feel larger.
- For large or tall entryways use larger pieces of furniture and artwork to fill the space.
- Keep clutter in the entryway to a minimum by using coat racks, drawers, baskets, and shoe cabinets.
- White space or blank space is a good thing, make sure you space out your pieces so the area looks clean instead of cluttered.
- Lighting is important, make sure you are using daylight light bulbs in your dark entryways.
Some of these handmade farmhouse signs are great for a gallery wall in your entryway, or just to add a beautiful piece to the wall.
Large Entryway Table To Make A Statement
In this first picture from @scoutandnimble you see see several large statement pieces. A lamp on one end of the table and a large bouquet of hydrangeas frame a large round mirror. This mirror reflects more light into the room while complimenting the rustic decor.
This entryway is a go big or come on in type of entryway. Everything in this entryway is on the larger side. If you have the room to go large fill that space in with just a few larger pieces. If you use lots of smaller pieces in such a large entryway the space will feel cluttered and claustrophobic instead of welcoming.
Note the small bowl on the table for keys and other things that usually get dropped in the entryway. Use a basket on the side to hold shoes and other items that come off in the entryway.
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A Chic Farmhouse Entryway Table Idea
The white shiplap wall with the smaller table and drawers is a beautiful way to decorate an entryway. Keeping it simple with a clean white wall makes the room feel larger and welcoming while helping to bounce light and brighten the space up.
A unique piece like the metal begging dog in the corner is a great way to add a personal touch to your entryway. Upon seeing this piece I can immediately tell this person loves dogs, dog people are my people so I feel a bit of a connection to the owner of the home.
It’s important that your entryway supports your families unique personality to help build a connection with the people who enter your home.
Entryway Table With A Minimalist Approach
I adore the minimalist look of this entryway. The clean simple rustic wood table and the large print stand out and make the room feel larger. The baskets keep the eyes flowing from the top of the large picture all the way down to the floor in one fluid motion.
With the simplicity of the table you could easily do a large mirror framed in the same wood as your table. Additionally, if one large piece isn’t your style consider down 6 small pieces in two columns to create a large gallery wall that keeps the minimalist farmhouse feel.
Adding a small picture on the table of your family helps to bring in the personality of your family and builds that connection with your guests. You are welcoming people into your home it’s important to make them feel welcome by giving them visual cues to who is likely in the home.
Small Rustic Entryway Table and A Touch of Lilac
The unique wall paper in this entryway has a large enough pattern that it doesn’t take away from the smaller size of the room. It’s a great way to make a statement in the entryway without cluttering it with too many objects.
This is a great entryway if you have a mud room or additional closet space near your entryway. While the table provides little in functionality the way it’s decorated speaks volumes to the family inside.
The boots, flowers, and rustic styling of the lamp tells me that the family enjoys spending time in the outdoors. Meanwhile fresh hydrangeas are going to add an inviting and soothing scent to the room. This immediately puts guests at ease while adding the perfect touch of color to an otherwise completely neutral color palette.
Rustic Entryway Table To Separate Spaces
For an open floor plan you can get creative in finding ways to separate the different spaces of your home. Hanging a rustic window pane and adding matching lamps adds height to the room while creating a separation between entryway and living space.
The small trinkets and comforting rustic pieces tell me that this family is down to earth and possibly a little traditional.
No Entryway or Small Entryway Idea
If you don’t have a traditional entryway try installing a shelf near your front door. Make sure the shelf will allow the door to open completely otherwise you’ll ding up both the door and the shelf. This is a fantastic option for small or non existent entryways. Add a small vase of flowers and a mirror to make the area seem larger.
This entryway is absolutely perfect for apartments. It’s a great smallish and organized way to set up a useful entryway in a small apartment.
The person who created this entryway is an extremely organized person. The basket holds envelopes that likely hold things that need to go out in the mail. Using a basket like this is a creative way to make sure you are always getting things out when they need to get out.
Entryway Gallery Wall
If you want a more traditional approach to your entryway table keep it simple on the table top by adding a vase of flowers and a lamp and one smaller trinket in the middle. Then draw the eye up by putting up a gallery wall. It’s a great way to maximize the space and make it look larger.
The owner of this home is more traditional in style and appreciates dignified and traditional pieces of art. The simple frames are each slightly different though and it give the gallery wall an interesting and unique quality.
Entryway Mirror for Small Spaces
A smaller entryway table with a large mirror and one large vase filled with flowers is a simple yet stunning way to make your entryway appear larger. In this entryway they used the 3-1-3 technique in decorating. The three circles in the mirror, 1 large vase of flowers, and 3 smaller vases on the bottom shelf.
Odds are great for decorating purposes and this entryway is a great example of that. The mirror makes the entryway larger and the simple arrangements of flowers completes the odd number rule.
Like in the previous entryway this is a great option if you mainly use a garage or mudroom entrance in your house, but it lacks for functionality.
Most great entryways have fresh cut flowers that add a pop of color to the room. Flowers are also a great way to make your entryway look new again. While there are many great places to find faux flowers I still prefer the fresh cut options myself.
Luckily you can get fresh cut bouquets delivered right to your front door. BloomsyBox delivers fresh cut flowers on a schedule of your choosing so you can always have a beautiful bouquet right in your entryway, in your kitchen, or on your dining room table.
If your entryway is used a lot in your home make it as functional as you can. Add designated spots for shoes, hats, gloves, coats, keys, and purses. This will help in making sure these items stay out of your kitchen and living room where they are more likely to end up lost or hard to find.
Give every item a spot in an area where it’s most likely to be used or looked for. This keeps your whole house clutter free and organized.
The entryway is an important part of the home. It’s the first and last impression that people have when they visit. Make your entryway welcoming by bringing the outdoors in, using an entryway table, and making sure the space is well lit.
Which entryway do you like the best? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite home decor board.
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