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Decorate Entryway Update Ideas

Your Guide To Giving Your Entryway a Complete Makeover

Here's everything you need to know.

July 10, 2024 at 6:41 AM PST
Decorate Entryway Update Ideas

Your Guide To Giving Your Entryway a Complete Makeover

Here's everything you need to know.

July 10, 2024 at 6:41 AM PST

The entryway is the first part of your home’s interior that welcomes your guests, and you, in. It’s where you drop your keys, kick off your shoes and scramble out the door to make it to work or an appointment on time. While it doesn’t have to be grand or over-the-top, it deserves its own mindful attention to detail with decor as a proper hello and sendoff. If you’re ready to spice things up and make your entrance feel a little more special, here are a few ideas for what to do with it.

1. Start with an accent wall.

The walls of your entryway are like the opening act of a spectacular show. If they are separate from the rest of your home, you can use this as an opportunity to introduce everyone who walks through the front door to the tone of your home.

Paint it a bold color.

A splash of color can do wonders, especially if the rest of your home is eclectic. Think rich, deep hues like navy blue, emerald green, or even a daring burnt orange. If you lean into a more neutral aesthetic, you can still go bold with more subtle colors, like dark greys.

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Add some wallpaper.

Wallpaper is making a comeback, and it’s bringing its A-game. From florals to geometrics to whimsical prints, there’s something for everyone. Pick a pattern that speaks to your soul and watch your entryway transform from bland to grand. Plus, with peel-and-stick options available, it’s easier than ever to update your walls without a long-term commitment.

Add some wall art as a focal point.

Gallery walls aren’t just for living rooms. Mix and match frames, artwork, and even quirky pieces like mirrors or small sculptures. It’s your personal art exhibit that greets you every time you come home. Consider including a mix of personal photos, art prints, and even 3D objects like shadow boxes or woven hangings.

2. Add in the furniture.

The go-to for entryways typically involves a shoe rack, for practicality reasons, but you know it deserves more creativity than that. You can add other pieces that introduce style and serve a purpose.

Try a console table.

A sleek console or side table is another go-to, but this offers more avenues for personalization. It can serve as a handy spot to keep your keys, mail, and maybe even a cute vase of fresh flowers. Look for one with a few drawers or shelves for extra storage. A console table with a slim profile works well in narrow entryways, providing storage without taking up too much space. Decorate it with a mix of functional items — like a tray for keys — and decorative pieces such as a stack of books or a piece of art) for a balanced look.

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Don’t forget about benches and seating.

You might not immediately think seating belongs in an entryway, but think about how useful it could be when you’re getting ready to head out the door — or in — and need a spot to wrestle with your boots. Add some plush cushions or throw pillows for a comfy, inviting look. If you’re tight on space, a stool or small chair can do the trick. Benches with built-in storage are especially handy, offering a place to sit and hidden space to stow away shoes or bags.

Implement stylish storage.

Storage can be stylish! Think chic baskets, elegant hooks, and beautiful bins. They keep clutter at bay while adding to the overall aesthetic. Woven baskets can store scarves and hats, while decorative hooks provide a place to hang coats and bags.

3. Last but not least, light it up.

Lighting can make or break any space, and your entryway is no exception.

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Use overhead fixtures.

If you want to give an impression of glamour, a stunning chandelier or string of modern pendant lights can add that “wow factor.” But if you prefer something that’s more rustic or classic you can find more subtle fixtures such as lanterns that make just as impactful of a statement.

Hang wall sconces for a stylish touch.

If overhead lighting feels too harsh, you can instead create a more ambient glow with wall sconces. Place them strategically on either side of a mirror or artwork to create balanced lighting. Wall sconces come in various styles, from sleek and modern to ornate and traditional, so you can find the perfect match for your decor.

Bring in a table lamp.

If you’ve got a console table, a stylish table lamp can be the cherry on top. It adds light and enhances your decor. Choose a lamp with an interesting base or a unique shade to add a touch of personality. A dimmable table lamp can also provide flexible lighting options, allowing you to adjust the brightness based on the time of day or the mood you want to create.


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