How to Decorate an Entryway

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The entryway of your home is a special place in your home. It’s your first chance at impressing visitors and sets the tone for anyone who enters. Many houses have significant space in their entryway area, but often, homeowners don’t know how to decorate and take advantage of this transitional space.  Take a look at how to decorate an entryway that’s a worthy place to stop and appreciate.

Define Your Space With Color

A fantastic way to decorate an entryway is to define your space with color. Reds and browns exude an earthy warmth, while blues and whites exude a clean tranquility.

To use color to your advantage, choose a color for your entryway that is distinct from the color of any rooms that can be seen from the entryway. If your entryway is too narrow or small, paint directly on the wall is the best option. If you’re not too sure about a permanent option, try using temporary wallpaper or vinyl decals to brighten your space.

Make It Cozy



Runners are a nice way to draw guests into your home. Runners have a unique shape that fits perfectly into entryways and spaces that are meant to be transitional. Be sure to keep the entryway clear of furniture and knick-knacks on the floor, in order to keep your space feeling open and welcoming. Be sure that the runner doesn’t extend the entire length of the hallway. Also, make sure that you are able to open the front door freely, and leave about 2 or 3 inches of bare flooring on both sides of the rug.

Eye-catching Wall Display

Surprise guests with an eye-catching wall display the minute that they step through your front door. You can display family photos in fun frames or display photos from your trips. Another great idea is to use wallpaper in various size frames to create an eclectic display. If your home décor style follows the “less is more” concept, you can decorate your entryway with a single piece of art. One solo piece of artwork can be a large-scale hanging print or a petite painting positioned at the right height to capture the eye. Another unique idea is to display a rug hung on the wall, for a nice pop of color. Decorating with multiple pieces of art in frames that match is another option.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors always make spaces seem larger, lighter, and brighter. So, naturally, hanging mirrors in your entryway is a great home décor idea. Mirrors work to visually expand an area, as they tend to create the optical illusion of additional space. Try to hang a mirror that is the proper proportion to the size of your entryway. A great idea, from interior designers, is to group ornamental mirrors on an entire wall to create a dramatic effect.

Another great idea is to position a mirror or mirrors so that they catch the light and bring sunlight into a dark entryway. Try placing a mirror on one end of an entryway to help elongate the space by reflecting the entire length of the area. If you’d like for your entryway to appear wider, try placing mirrors directly facing each other. To create the appearance of a light, bright entryway, place your mirror beneath a light source, which will create the illusion of twice as much light.

Transitional Space Furniture

Entryways are definitely transitional spaces, as they help you get from the outside world, into the main rooms of your home. A great way to utilize the space is to include functional furniture into your décor. A nice bench with space to stow away shoes and hang outerwear on is a great option. Another great piece of furniture to include in your entryway décor could be a small desk and chair set. Lastly, a small table would be a nice way to incorporate your décor with a vase of flowers and/or a nice lamp to illuminate the space.

Let There Be Light

Decorating an entryway with lighting options is a great way to brighten up the area. There are so many ways to incorporate lighting options into the décor of an entryway. A nice touch would be to strategically place wall-mounted light fixtures that match the style and décor of your home. Another unique way to decorate your entryway with light is to string or crisscross strings of lights to create an illuminated pathway. Finally, if you have a small table or bench, you can cozy a floor lamp to or place a lamp on that piece of furniture.

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