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May Edit: Best Entryway Ideas of the Month

Your entryway might not be seeing it’s usual action these days, but it’s still an important part of your home! It’s the last area you see before you head out into the day and the first space that welcomes you when you come home. The right small entryway ideas make sure that the room flows cohesively into your living room style and the rest of your home. It can also reflect your unique personality and add a little extra life and vitality to your living space. We’ve put together these 15 best entryway design ideas of the month to help you get inspired!

best entryway designsClassic and Collected

This is one of our favorite entryway design ideas for a classic formal style that’s both elegant and sophisticated. It’s very tastefully decorated with ornate vases, colorful art and a beautiful lamp—extra lighting one of our favorite small entryway ideas! We love this look because it’s a simple design that’s still very functional and makes a classy first impression.

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best entryway designsRustic Minimalism

We love entryway design ideas that let simple, natural materials do all the talking. This wood console table paired with ceramics and glass make a beautiful first impression and set the stage for a bright and streamlined approach to entryway design. The large credenza provides extra storage to tuck away excess clutter like shoes, umbrellas, and other things you might need to grab on-the-go. And the textured doors add plenty of intrigue and sophistication. Rustic minimalism is simple and restrained -definitely one of our favorite styles for modern entryway designs!

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best entryway designsBright Modern Entryway

If you love coming home to a cheery sight, bright, mid-century entryway ideas like this might be just right for you! This room offers a fun and playful take on mid-century modern design. The elements of this style are fun and playful with bright pops of color for added vibrance. The bookcase and bench add lots of extra storage—an important design element for an entryway! And we love how the rich acorn wood adds tons of extra warmth and retro mid-century modern vibes to entrance hall ideas like this.

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best entryway designsSimple Entryway Moment

This front door entryway has a super sparse and simple design with no extra frills. One of our favorite entryway design tips is to use a console table that’s a real showstopper! It features an inlaid design with eclectic coloring that brings together the various design elements for a dazzling first impression. The contrasting colors of the tapestry are a budget-friendly way to fill the blank walls and the pouf is a perfect place to sit and take off your shoes on your way in. Design ideas like this are a great option if you don’t have an entryway proper as they don’t require more than an empty wall.

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best entryway designsChic Greetings

This glam entryway design is rich with luxe materials like velvet, marble and brass to give you and your guests a luxury first impression upon arrival! It’s a super elegant look that can add a dose of richness and ritz to any space. The console table is minimal in form so it can showcase a couple of stunning decor pieces. And keeping baskets tucked away underneath is a great way to add storage without taking up any extra space.

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best entryway designsRustic Welcome

This entryway is one of our fave design ideas for a charming passthrough entryway. It makes use of both sides of the hallway to showcase both luxurious decor and functional pieces. The storage bench offers a place to sit and is also useful for stashing clutter or kids’ stuff. The console offers a handy place to toss mail and keys and the mirror above it opens up the space—and gives you a last-minute hair and fashion check on your way out the door!

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best entryway designsFarmhouse Entryway Nook

No proper entryway at home? There are plenty of small entryway design ideas that can help you solve that problem! This farmhouse entryway lets you create a tiny nook by tucking the console off to the side. This way, it makes use of the space behind the door that would otherwise go to waste! There’s tons of used space below the shelf for extra functionality—a stool for seating and a basket for easy stashing makes a great shoes-on/off area! Two shelves offer double storage space and a free-standing coat rack adds even more functionality.

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best entryway designsMid-Century Chic

This ultra-chic entryway is a mid-century modern dream if you ask us! It features a bold retro meets glam style filled with iconic mid-century shapes like the classic armchair and sputnik clock. There are plenty of bold jewel tones and gold accents to give the look extra pizazz. This is definitely an entryway that makes a statement you can’t miss!

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best entryway designsSeaside Style

For a healthy dose of seaside style, we love the look of this coastal entryway design. It features nautical motifs galore—check out the shell decor, woven textures, driftwood mirror and rope-wrapped lamps all throughout the look. The symmetrical design offers a more formal, balanced vibe and the woven textures contrast beautifully with the sage green wall. It creates a soothing welcome home greeting in any home.

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best entryway designsMural Moment

For a front door entryway design that makes a splash, try defining your entryway with an accent wall. The bold mural really sets this space apart from the rest of the house without clashing with other design styles. Hanging striking artwork on the wall makes an even bolder statement—this one keeps the art and mural in the same color palette to keep the look cohesive.

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Rustic and Retro

For those who love retro looks but want a toned-down version, try something like this 70s meets rustic design! This entryway features rustic woods and natural textures with a color palette that nods to 70s mod stylings. It is full of playful shapes, like the quirky console table, funky lamps and the faux-fur rug. Plus, it has a tucked-in stool for a quick spot to sit.

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best entryway designsTextural Treat

If you have a dedicated entryway like this, you can go all out in creating a beautiful, textured space that will set just the right tone for your home. This design features natural textures galore, like the jute rug, bone inlay console, knit pouf, baskets, and fringe chandelier. It creates a perfect contrast with the moody grey walls—a great way to make an eclectic style statement.

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best entryway designsSwing Into Gear

Take your entryway off the beaten path with a gorgeous setup like this! Bring a swing indoors for a fabulous seating option that’s both fun and unexpected. (Just make sure the swing is installed properly for safety!) This is a creative way to make a sunroom/porch if you don’t have one outside.

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best entryway designsRustic Welcome

Check out the welcoming vibes of this rustic entryway design scheme! Weathered woods give it a nautical edge and the hairpin bench and seaside accents like the art, decor and kelp patterned rug offer extra seaside sass. There are a lot of bold elements in this design but keeping the color palette neutral maintains the welcoming, soothing vibes of this style.

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Small-Space Hacks: 5 Ideas for Small Entryways

In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

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This week we show you great small entryway ideas that can make the most of a pint-sized space. Here are our 5 of our favorite tricks to turn your entryway into a welcoming checkpoint and functional storage spot.

Optimize Your Space With These 5 Small Entryway Ideas

small entryway ideas1. If you need extra storage…

Center your entry with a dresser with deep drawers for increased storage options. This is a great way to deal with storage overflow from other areas in your home where square footage is at a premium. Stash winter coats, extra pillows and big throws in the lower compartments and use the dresser’s upper storage for more practical daily items, such as books, scarves, hats, and even takeout menus.

You can easily round out the look of the overall space by adding personal art and objects along with a stylish table lamp on the dresser surface. And don’t underestimate the beauty of umbrella stands, which can double as sculptural accents in an otherwise utilitarian space.

Another idea? If you’re really pressed for space, consider the storage possibilities of a nightstand. One with drawers can provide the perfect mini catchall spot.

small entryway ideas2. If you’re (always) on the go…

A space-saving console makes for a convenient catchall for holding your wallet, car keys, and mail. Choose a console with drawers and cubbies specifically for mail that’s important; junk mail can go into baskets squirreled away underneath the console. In a small space, this can keep paper clutter from trickling into the rest of your home.

Treat the surface of the console as a vanity with a mirror and table lamp, and keep frequently worn jewelry and other accessories (phone chargers, headphones) neatly stowed away. This will create a functional spot that gathers all your everyday essentials as you dash out (or in) the door.

small entryway ideas3. If you have guests over often…

Your small entry should combine both function and style for an instantly welcoming spot. And just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t go big with multiple pieces of stylish furnishings.

Look for storage pieces that have slim silhouettes as well as open-shelving constructions. A tall bookshelf can provide vertical storage that also helps to draw attention away from the small size of your entry, while a slim glass console will further lend a spacious look and feel.

small entryway ideas4. If you have high-energy kids…

There’s no furniture piece more practical than a storage bench for containing all the little things that can easily pile up in a small home, be it shoes, jackets, or toys.

Opt for a storage bench with a lid or one with cubbies, and arrange the space to mimic a mudroom; even in a small entry, you can set up hooks and baskets that give everything a place. The best part about a storage bench is that it’s also the perfect perch for your little ones to put on their shoes.

small entryway ideas5. If you have (very) little space…

Keep your entry minimal by pulling in a pair of dining chairs. They make for a much simpler alternative to storage pieces if you just need a place to put down your bag or to slip on shoes before you run out the door.

The best part is that chairs are versatile and movable, you can pull them into other areas of your home if needed. Consider using chairs that match those in your dining area so that they can easily pinch-hit as extra seating for guests.

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3 Ways to Style a Simple Console Table

Rather than honing in on a specific type or style of room, today we are offering up some knowledge on how to incorporate your style into a specific part of your home. The console table, whether you place it in your entryway, in your living room, or behind your sofa, is the perfect place to display a few of your favorite things!

To show you some tips and tricks, we picked one console table and three of our favorite styles – Hollywood Glam, Mid Century Modern, and Eclectic – and set to work designing a look for each. For our base, we chose west elm’s Terrace Console. Open and airy, this option works well in a variety of spaces and with many styles. Let’s get to styling…

 

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Hollywood Glam Console Style

A style bubbling with personality, Hollywood Glam encapsulates everything bold and dramatic. Hollywood Glam is all about the statement pieces, so we opted for colors, materials, and patterns that were unique and luxurious.

The pink velvet Elowen Armchair (Anthropologie) pops against the Ebony King wall, and the gold tapered legs harmonize with the frame of our Terrace Console. In front, we placed a green malachite patterned rug (Anthropologie) to bring some texture to the scene, and to crown the vignette, we hung a gold lace artwork from Jonathan Adler above the console. 

Stylist Tip: To create a scene with just the right amount of over-the-top, keep the styling formal and symmetrical.

 

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Mid-Century Modern Console Style

A style inspired by mid-twentieth-century design, the Mid Century Modern aesthetic champions bold colors, graphic patterns, and organic forms. To make our glass and gold console work, we opted for accent pieces with a Mid-Century vibe.

Geometry and organic shapes/materials are your friends. The Moller Model 55 Armchair and Eames Stool (Design Within Reach) are both iconic pieces of Mid Century Modern design. We then layered in accent pieces with bold colors and graphic designs.

We especially love the As Collective, Sun V (One Kings Lane) artwork and Ibex Sculpture (Jonathan Adler), which bring a note of Mid Century whimsy to the scene.

 

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Eclectic Console Style

Eclectic is a style that enjoys breaking the rules. Comprised of an informal mix of furnishings and decor from a wide variety of styles, the eclectic interior feels organic and unexpected.

For this scene we were striving for a more bohemian vibe, and picked pieces with lots of texture and an earthy color palette. To underscore the eclectic nature of the space, we worked in a few tricks for creating an unexpected vibe.

Stylist Tip: To enhance your eclectic style, try pulling your console away from the wall and hanging a large tapestry behind it, or prop a statement piece of art on the floor next to it.

 

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