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These 14 Stylish Hallway Decor Ideas Will Make You Rethink This Forgotten Space

The entry hall isn’t usually the first place people think to decorate. In fact, it’s often a neglected space because it’s a small area that can be challenging to outfit with the right furniture, art, and accents. Well, we’re here to tell you it’s actually one of the easiest spaces for you to pull off a big design moment.

With just a few thoughtful touches, you can turn any foyer or narrow hallway into a functional and fabulous entry that makes an impression. Whether it’s coming up with smart storage solutions, finding the right seating options or pulling together the best art pieces for big blank walls, there are easy ways you can make the most of this small and busy space to suit your style and practical daily needs.

For inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hallway decorating tricks that marry style and function. Read on for our favorite ideas on how to decorate a hallway and get our tips for styling up yours at home!

 how to decorate a hallwayLayered Rugs

File this under simplest and chicest hallway decorating ideas. Laying down rugs in your entry not only adds soft texture from the ground up, but it also protects your floors and makes the hallway appear longer and more spacious.

Pair a runner with an area rug, like this entry, for a varied look, or try matching runners. The best part about layering rugs is that it’s one of few hallway decor ideas that adds color and pattern without requiring you to hang things up. Just be sure to use rug pads to hold them in place.

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how to decorate a hallwaySlender Seating & Storage

A narrow hallway can feel like a challenging space to decorate, but don’t let the compact square footage stop you. It’s actually perfect for slender furniture designs, like the streamlined bench and open-base console in this passageway.

With a narrow space, the right size furniture matters so pick pieces that fit neatly along walls. Round them out with a mix of practical and decorative decor, like pillows for the bench along, art and lighting for your console, and some pretty bins and containers to corral clutter—we love baskets for stylish storage solutions!

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Slim Console Shelf

Whether your entry opens into a spacious foyer area or extends into a narrow hallway, a slim console table always makes for a stylish and practical solution. It takes up minimal floor space and leaves tons of walking room all around, which is key in any high-traffic hallway.

Consider a tiered console shelf that provides you with an extra level of storage and display space. A console shelf is also a great solution in dimly lit narrow hallways, since you can use the lower level for storing heavy books and items and top it with a table lamp and mirror to reflect light and open up the space.

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Full Gallery Wall

One of our favorite hallway decorating ideas is to build out a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall. It’s a visually bold way to display large collections of art or photos, and it instantly gives a hallway so much personality.

There are many ways to build out a gallery wall, and how you do it is entirely up to you. While you can stick to black-and-white photos or a series of colorful paintings, why not try mixing different kinds of art. Combine photos, drawings, paintings, and even posters to create a more dynamic look. After all, decorating a hallway is about showcasing your personal style. So go big with your art picks!

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Oversized Art

If a full gallery wall in your entry passage feels a tad overwhelming for you, pare it down and focus on one oversize piece of art instead. It gives you the same dramatic effect with a more minimal, clean-lined look.

Try hanging a large-scale painting with pops of color to liven up all the blank wall space around it or go for a graphic look with a big black-and-white framed photograph. Round out the artwork by flanking it with sconces, which will give it a more formal and elevated look. When it comes to hallway decor ideas that are easy to pull off and offer instant visual impact, you can’t beat this.

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Multifunctional Passthrough

Part of the challenge with decorating a hallway is trying to fit in as much function into a small transient space. If you have an open area, like this entry, try working in a balanced mix of storage, seating, and accents that make it a multifunctional space.

Start with a console cabinet and pull in a chic stool or side chair. While there are plenty of entryway design tips, investing in beautiful seating is one of our tried-and-true hallway decorating ideas that never goes out of style—since any chair or stool can be repurposed for other rooms as needed. Then layer in practical decor (rug, lamp, wall hooks) and pretty accents (art, plants, small decorative objects) that will set your space apart from the rest of the home.

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Display Ledges

If you’re looking for simple and easy-to-install entry hallway decorations, opt for hanging ledges or floating shelves. The idea here is to make use of vertical wall space as both storage and display (that’s not a gallery wall!).

Lean framed photos and array small decorative objects in unique way on the ledges, or fill them with plants to create a faux vertical garden. The best part is how many ledges you choose to hang is up to you. Try one if you have a small space or go with more if you have the wall space.

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Tall Bookcase

Speaking of making use of vertical space, a tall leaning bookcase makes for another smart storage solution in a narrow hallway. It will help you maximize floor space and give your entry hall more walking room, while also providing ample storage on the walls.

In terms of hallway decorating ideas, a leaning bookcase gives you a lot of flexibility for use. You can use it to store books and display art, or you can also add baskets and other storage bins to start any extra shoes and fashion accessories that you might need on the go. If you’re tight on closet space and have an overspill of clothing, think of this as your wardrobe extension.

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Credenza

Our top pick for hallway decorating ideas that truly leave an impression is to anchor an entry with a statement-makin credenza. Not only does it provide you with tons of storage that’s beautifully hidden and disguised, a large storage credenza will also warm up your space.

Opt for a credenza with a bold facade, like the wood-patterned facade on this piece, or go with a design in a bright color or one that’s made with a unique material like caning. You can style up the surface with complementing decor, but this is one of the best ways to give your entry a show-stopping look.

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If your main concern is how to decorate a hallway for practical daily use, lean a floor-to-ceiling mirror against one wall near your entry. This does several things for your space. The mirror reflects light around your hallway and opens up a small or narrow space to look and feel larger. And it gives you a space to get ready or to check yourself before you dash out the front door. Win win!

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Classic Entry Console

For hallway decorating ideas that are timeless, you can’t beat the polished look of a traditional entry console. Even though it doesn’t offer much storage, it adds major elegance and an elevated vibe.

Anchor your entry with a classic wood console that can be easily paired with other traditional decor elements, such as an ornate mirror and botanical or bird prints. The classic console is great in hallways that don’t need to be multifunctional or super practical, which means it’s perfect in passthrough places that need just a decorative style boost, like this hallway.

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how to decorate a hallwayCompact Work Desk

Even in the smallest of homes, you can make the most of your entry hallway while also giving it a unique look. Try decorating a hallway with a narrow desk or slim secretary table to create a clever home office space in your entry hallway.

It’s one many clever ways to create a workspace in your home, but here it does double duty as a check-in spot in the entry. Tuck a stool under the desk for a seat that’s easy to pull in and out, and lay down a runner to balance out the work desk. We especially love this approach for small bungalow homes or city apartments.

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Storage Bench

While some of the above hallway decorating ideas can seem like a lot to pull off, you can also keep it simple with a tried-and-true storage bench. Choose a large one that gives you tons of hidden storage under the flip-up top. You can store seasonal items, like bench towels and scarves and gloves or use it for on-the-go accessories, such as purses, hats, and pet leashes. There’s a reason why this is one decor piece that finds its way into many of our entry designs!

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All Kinds Of Hanging Storage

Last but not least, few hallway decorating ideas are as versatile and applicable to any style or size space as wall hooks and shelving. These small wonders not only maximize storage by using vertical wall space, they also offer you a clean-line and organized look.

Install a floating shelf and wall hooks, then anchor them with a bench underneath to give the feeling of a compact mudroom. Or you can add a shoe rack or small side table if you live in a small apartment space. Either way, think of hanging storage as a small update that gives you a totally organized look.

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5 Modern Entryway Ideas That Make a Stunning First-impression

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Your entryway is the first thing someone sees when they walk into your home and helps set the tone for the rest of your house. And not only does it create the first impression for guests but it’s also the first place you see when you walk through the door and the last thing you see when you leave the house. All that to say your entryway should be a welcoming sight at the end of a long day! But it should also be functional. There’s no use in a beautiful modern entryway design if it doesn’t actually serve your needs!

What furniture do I need in an entryway?

So, what are the key ingredients of any successful entryway? From our perspective, it’s storage, seating, and style.

Depending on your needs, entryway storage could include a range of things—from coat hooks and baskets for easily stashing accessories, to a credenza with closed doors, or a storage bench to hide clutter. Or it could even be a simple console table where you can stash mail, takeout menus, and your keys. The storage items you choose depend on who lives in your home, what your getting-out-the-door routine looks like, and even what time of year it is. (Winter boots and coats take up more space than sandals, so you might need to slightly adjust your entryway season-to-season!)

Speaking of shoes—for most people, an entryway is a place you put on or take off shoes on your way in and out of the house. Having a place to sit can be super helpful—especially if you have young kids and are still helping them tie their shoes! Some seating options we love in entryways include benches, a stool or two, a dining chair, or even an armchair if you have a larger foyer-type entry to fill.

How do I personalize my entryway design?

Finally, style is an absolutely necessary ingredient in an entryway! This is a space that’s easily neglected when it comes to decorating, but as the first thing both you and guests see when entering your home, it should reflect your style and complement the rest of your space! This could mean adding art you love, decorative touches that feel personal, a stylish rug, or even a gorgeous mirror. (Because a last-minute outfit checks/makeup touch-ups area is a must!)

How to Design a Modern Entryway

If you’re looking for some tips on how to bring a modern touch to your entryway, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for five designer-approved modern entryway designs that are ready for spring and will make an amazing first impression!

The Look: Minimal Modern Entryway

Sleek forms meet simple styling in this minimal modern entryway. This entryway design has all the essentials of a good entryway, along with clean lines and minimal decor.

The Key Ingredients

The streamlined console has minimal form with interesting geometric details. And we love the wood and marble combo! This is a great piece if your style leans more minimal, because it adds decoration through materials and shape rather than through more stuff.

Next are a couple of practical touches. The leather stool is the perfect place to sit and take your shoes on and off and the natural fiber rug adds texture and is great for high-traffic areas like this. The baskets on the console shelf create some stashable storage—perfect for spring and warmer weather when you have less bulky clothing and shoes! And if you need even more storage, you could add another row of baskets on the floor below the console.

You can top off this minimal entryway with some cheery art and decor! We love the fresh palette of crisp whites punctuated by the pops of bright color in the artwork. Pro tip: it’s totally ok to mix up your art between seasons! So, if you love this painting in the entryway for spring and summer, but it doesn’t feel right for the fall and winter, simply switch it out for the colder weather and bring it back when it warms up! (Moving pieces from room to room throughout the year is also a fun way to mix things up without always having to buy new stuff!) Fun artwork like this—along with some fresh greenery—is our favorite way to welcome guests with the reminder that warm weather is on its way!

This is a perfect entryway if…

You prefer a minimal aesthetic but still want some cheery pops of personality

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The Look: Moody and Modern Entryway

Modern doesn’t always mean light and bright or clean and cool—and this moody entryway is proof of that! This is a slightly more eclectic take on modern, but the clean lines keep it grounded in a modern look!

The Key Ingredients

Overall, this space is all about the play of geometry—from the patterns and textures to the contrasting colors and even the shape of the console. This structured wood console is, in fact, the foundation of the space. We love the beveled edges which gives some subtle visual intrigue. And the multi-tier shelves and cubbies give you ample storage options for both horizontal and vertical items! (We opted for a tall basket on the left—perfect for stashing umbrellas for those spring showers—and additional baskets that can work as catchalls on the second shelf.)

Contrast is also key for this look. The wall color definitely sets the moody tone for this space, but the play of lights with the darker tones adds energy to the look. Adding some contrast through lighter pieces is specifically great for spring, especially if bright colors aren’t your vibe. It invigorates an interior in the same way bright colors would, but it keeps the look more edgy.

Subtle styling adds personality without going overboard—an essential in modern designs. The black and white landscape photo adds modern contrast against the geometric-patterned decor. You’ll notice we skipped the seating here, for simplicity’s sake—but you could easily add a stool or bench if needed! And a pop of greenery in a bright white vase is just what this set-up needs to welcome spring!

This is a perfect entryway if…

You have a modern aesthetic but gravitate toward a moodier color palette.

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The Look: Modern Rustic Entryway

If you love modern designs but want something a little more approachable (that’s still on-trend), then you might want to give modern rustic design a try! This is a look that plays with modern forms and ideas but mixes in rustic materials for a trendy but cozy aesthetic.

The Key Ingredients

In this space, you’ll see plenty of modern forms: the credenza, the pair of stools, and the sleek lines of the lamp and mirror. But they’re all rendered in natural materials, like wood, seagrass, and rattan, giving them a more rustic vibe. The combination of modern lines and rustic texture is what really brings this look to life.

This credenza is a great storage option if you need more room to stash away clutter. Having the option to close the door on miscellaneous, sundry items in your entryway keeps this look low-maintenance! (Unlike open shelving, which needs more attention to look its best—and regular dusting!) And the top can be used for decor, along with trays or bowls for your keys and wallet. The pair of stools—with their black wood bases and woven seats—adds a lovely pop of texture and contrast. We placed them across the room from each other for a more casual vibe, but you could also move them next to each other for a more formal, symmetrical look! The vintage-style design of this rug brings more rustic into the mix and lends an almost antique vibe—along with a delicious pop of color and warmth.

This is a perfect entryway if…

You want a look that’s functional year-round and can easily transition from cold to warm weather with only a few small decor tweaks!

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 modern entrywayThe Look: Modern Farmhouse Entryway

Speaking of trendy styles —modern farmhouse is taking the design world by storm and is a look we’re majorly crushing on for spring and beyond! It’s a combo of mid-century modern design elements and cozy farmhouse touches—creating a look that is on-trend but rooted in vintage elements with charming, countryside undertones.

The Key Ingredients

Modern shapes—with a strong emphasis on geometry—lay the foundation of this look. These geometric and modern shapes are found in the simple and sleek console table, the arched mirror (a super trendy shape), the sleek carved bowl on the tabletop and the modern shape of the lamp.

But then some organic shapes come into play with the materials—like the rustic woods of the table and bowl, the chunky woven basket, and the feathery pampas grass.

To finish off the look, we opted for a trendy take on a traditional spindle chair—a farmhouse favorite filtered through a modern design aesthetic. And the traditional patterned rug with subtle rusts and blues grounds the space with a sense of rustic coziness.

This is a perfect entryway if…

You want something modern and on-trend but also love a homey touch.

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The Look: Modern Boho Entryway

This final look is another take on a trendy, modern entryway. It also features mid-century modern design elements, but it combines them with a bohemian aesthetic. The casual vibe of this space emphasizes easy living.

The Key Ingredients

Core to this look is an eclectic approach to mixing different styles, materials, patterns and colors. But we used a simple but visually interesting bench as the foundation and main element of this space, which provides a generous seating option. The combination of the live-edge wood top with a galvanized steel base is a fun juxtaposition of materials.

A basket tucked underneath the bench (or to the side, if you prefer) is a simple storage solution. And you could even do a trio of bakets if you need a little extra storage! The pillows add some comfort to this set-up, and, along with the art and rug, they bring some color and organic patterns into the space. We chose pops of blue for all of these pieces to tie together the eclectic mix of patterns. And you can’t forget the plant—a hallmark of bohemian style and an essential decor touch for spring!

This is a perfect entryway if…

You have a laid back, eclectic style. It’s also a great design if you don’t have a proper entryway and need to designate part of your living room as an entryway space!

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5 Storage Ideas To Ready Your Entry For Summer

With summer in full swing (finally!) it’s time to step outside and soak up all that the season has to offer. No doubt you’ve been heading in and out of the house a lot more for beach days, picnics in the park, and summer evenings out with friends.

Read this next: 15 Easy Updates to Summer-ize Your Space 

So, make sure your entry is prepped for your on-the-go summer lifestyle by keeping it organized and functional. We’re offering up 5 easy entryway storage ideas that will turn it into the perfect hub and a practical yet stylish checkpoint for summer.

Ready to get your entryway into summer-shape? Read on for 5 of our best entryway storage ideas!

entryway storage ideas1. Add Breezy Catchalls

If you’re looking for easy, good-looking storage that doesn’t crowd up your entry, woven baskets are a great way to go. They’re an easy addition that’s guaranteed to add both function and a summery vibe to your entry.

They’re great for holding everything from your daily yoga mat to umbrellas and beach towels, or they make perfect hampers for dirty shoes and sandals that you don’t want to drag into the house.

Stylist Tip: Squeeze a few baskets into tight corners, line them up side by side, or even stack several small lidded ones on top of each other.

entryway storage ideas2. Hang It All Up

Work in some wall hooks and hanging shelves with coat racks in your entry to give yourself easy access to all your summer totes, beach towels, bike bags, backpacks, and light jackets. This not only helps you save on floor space but it also provides a place for all your summer essentials.

Stylist Tip: Make the most of your entryway by thinking vertically. Line up a row of hooks along one wall then add shelves above for even more storage space.

entryway storage ideas3. Ready Kid-Friendly Storage

Need your entry to be functional and family-friendly? Add a storage bench (or tuck a few baskets under a regular bench) so that your kids have their own designated space for stashing sandals, beach toys, and even swimming trunks. With a bench, you also have the added bonus of a seat in the entry for little ones to put on and take off their shoes.

Stylist Tip: For maximum functionality, incorporate wall hooks above your storage bench, which will turn your entry into a mini mudroom that has enough storage for the whole family.

entryway storage ideas4. Make For a Double-Duty Vanity

Add a console table and hang a mirror above it to give yourself a makeshift vanity where you can do a last-minute wardrobe checks before you dash out to all your summer parties. Use the surface for trays, bowls, and catchalls that can hold sunglasses, jewelry, and keys that you’ll need whenever you head out.

Stylist Tip: Choose an open-base console that allows you to squirrel away two ottomans underneath it for moveable seating. No need for perches? Bring in baskets instead for additional storage that’s also attractive.

entryway storage ideas5. Create a Convenient Storage Station

If you have a spacious entry, anchor it with a dresser or a storage chest that conceals all your everyday on-the-go essentials — be it extra chargers, notebooks, or blankets that you can fold and tuck away.

The best part about a storage chest is that you can also use it as a seasonal extension of your bedroom closet. Sneak in extra storage by using your entryway to hold extra summer scarves, sarongs, and light cardigans.

Stylist Tip: A storage chest alone is all function, but you can dress it up to be a focal point by bookending it with two chairs and adding a mirror or pretty art. To add durability, lay down a natural-fiber runner or rug to give your entry a relaxed summer vibe.

 

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