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Entryway Rug Guide: How to Choose a Rug for Your Entryway or Foyer

Your entryway is one of the first impressions a guest has of your home. Because of that, it’s a space that you want to consider stylistically—but it also needs to be highly functional. This is the space where shoes and jackets come on and off, where keys and bags are dropped, and where pet supplies are stashed.

Something that helps optimize both the functionality and style of your entryway? An entryway rug. Rugs look nice and add some style, pattern, and color to your entryway. Rugs can also help define the space if you’re trying to fake an entryway. However, since all entryways are different, landing on the right size and shape of entryway rugs can prove difficult.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to entryway rug sizes and shapes, there are some general guidelines you can follow when considering entryway design ideas. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about choosing a rug for your entryway, with examples of the best options for common entryways shapes and set-ups.

Types of Entryway Rugs

First off, what are your entryway rug options? This part is actually fairly straightforward, as there are only three common types of rugs that you’d typically use in an entryway.

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Doormat

A doormat is a small rug made to fit directly in front of your front door. A standard doormat ranges from 18”x30” to 24”x36”. They’re typically very durable and less decorative, as they’re primarily used to wipe shoes and catch dirt and moisture so they don’t get tracked into the house. This is a practical way to keep your floors clean, and with a lot of design options out there, a doormat can be a cute way to personalize your entryway.

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Runner

Runners are narrow and long rugs. They’re commonly used in hallways, in longer entryways, and in front of wide doorways. In terms of size, they’re typically 2’-3’ wide and 5’-14’ long. While a runner is a great option for a standard hallway, an average runner rug might be too narrow for an extra-wide hallway.

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Area Rug

An area rug is a larger rug, meant to cover a larger “area” of the floor. (Hence the name.) Its purpose is to cover and protect your floor while adding decorative colors and patterns to your space. A rectangular area rug is most common, but you can also opt for a round or oval rug if that works better for your space! In an entryway, a rug size will range anywhere from 3’x5’ to a 9’x13’ rug, depending on the size of your entryway or foyer.

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Early Considerations When Choosing an Entryway Rug

Aside from the size and type of entryway rug, there are a few other things to consider when choosing an entryway rug. Specifically: rug pile and material.

Rug Pile

In general, rugs don’t interfere with doorways since they tend to reside in the middle of a room—but that’s not the case in an entryway. You often have front and closet doors to contend with in an entryway, so you want to make sure your entryway rug’s pile isn’t too tall. (There’s nothing worse than having your front door catch on your doormat everytime you open the door or having to kick aside your area rug everytime you want to open the coat closet!) Not only will a lower-pile rug make it easier to open and close doors, but low-pile rugs are also easier to clean and vacuum. Since this is a high-traffic area, you’ll want to avoid high-pile and shag rugs, which can trap dirt more easily.

Rug Material

For an entryway rug, you’ll want to look for something durable and easy to clean—both hugely important in such a high-traffic area. The material you choose can impact how easy it is to clean. Indoor-outdoor rugs are good options for entryways, since they’re both durable and easy to clean. They can be brought outside and hosed down to clean, then simply hung to dry. Natural fiber rugs are also known for their durability, and machine-washable rugs are also a great option for an entryway. Stay away from lower-durability materials, like silk and cotton. And, consider color too! For example, you wouldn’t want a white rug in a busy entryway, as it would get dirty and damaged far too easily.

Read our guide on natural vs synthetic rugs to help you find the right material for your home! And if you have kids or pets, be sure to check out our round-up of best rugs for kids and pets!

Ready for more specific guidance on how to choose a rug for your entryway? Read on for a breakdown on your options depending on the size of your entryway!

Best Rugs for Narrow Entryways

If you have a narrow entryway, a small rug is best—either a doormat right inside your front door or a runner rug that extends the length of the entryway.

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Doormat in a Narrow Entryway

Doormats are good for narrow spaces, as they provide a practical solution for floor protection without taking up too much space in your entryway. For a more decorative look, you can layer a durable doormat over a more stylish accent rug.

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Runner Rug in a Narrow Entryway

For an entryway that’s more of a passageway or corridor, a runner rug is a great option. A runner will cover more floor space than a doormat, without being too wide for the narrow space. Runners tend to be more decorative, too, and help visually draw you into the space by elongating the entryway.

Best Rugs for Open Entryways

If you have a more open entryway—often within a larger room, like a living room—there are a few different approaches you can take. Below, we’ll walk you through where you could place a rug in an open entryway, as well as what sizes of rugs to consider.

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A Small Area Rug, Just in Front of the Door

A smaller area rug that defines the entryway can be great if you want to keep the entry to a small portion of the open space—especially in an entryway that opens to other spaces without clear definitions of where one space ends and another begins. These rugs can be larger than a doormat but shouldn’t spill into the other areas of the home if you want to keep the area defined. Depending on the size of your space, a 3’x5’ or 5’x7’ rug would be best, placed horizontally in front of your front door.

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A Larger Area Rug, Extending into the Space

If you want your entryway to expand beyond the couple of square feet right inside your front door, lay down a larger area rug that vertically extends from the front door into the open space in your home. This can draw you into the home and cover more floor area. (Anything from a 5’x7’ rug or larger will work—the exact size will just depend on your entryway size.) This is good if you have a lot of people coming in and out of your home, or if you have a large family where everyone tends to gather in the entryway before leaving home. A larger rug will also protect more of your flooring!

Best Rugs for Large Entryways or Foyers

In large entryways or foyers, you have the most options when it comes to entryway rug size and shape. We’ll help you think through where you could place a rug in a large entryway or foyer, as well as what sizes and shapes to consider.

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Very Large Rectangular Rug

Large, open entryways can feel undefined—so a large area rug that covers a big amount of the floorspace is a great way to define the space. A large area rug also adds color, pattern, and comfort to such a vast space. This is a great way to incorporate a major style moment into your home right away, plus it adds a lot of practical space for welcoming people in.

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Square Rug in the Center of the Foyer

Adding a smaller but symmetrical rug in the center of a large foyer can act as a focal point. This is a good option if you want to show off your beautiful wood or stone floors and have less of them covered by a rug. Since a square rug will be floating in the space more than a rectangular rug, opt for a rug that makes more of a style statement rather than something more plain and neutral. This will help the square rug feel more intentional in the space.

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Two Rugs in the Foyer

In a long and large entryway, two rugs can be necessary. Consider the entryway above, which has both a distinct entry and a stairwell area. It would be difficult to have one rug span both spaces—so, instead, we opted for a small runner in front of the front door, along with a round area rug in the stairwell area. If you go for this option, you can choose coordinating rugs or go for a more practical doormat-style rug near the door and a decorative rug further in near the stairs.

Designer Tip: If you have a rounded entryway, like a rounded wall or curved staircase, use a round rug to complement the flow of the space.

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Large Area Rug that Encompasses the Space

If you have an entryway with several pieces of furniture, like a console and bench, pick a rug that fits between entryway furniture and encompasses the full entryway. This will create a pathway for people to enter your space while also creating a stylish landing space that protects your flooring.

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Layered Area Rugs in an Entryway

If there’s space, you can also layer rugs in an entryway! Simply pick a more durable base rug, then layer a more decorative rug on top—either symmetrically or in one corner. (We love the look of a hide rug or asymmetrical-shaped rug for this look!) Just remember: when layering rugs in an entryway, keep both low-pile, and keep the second rug away from the immediate front door area so your door doesn’t get stuck or cause a tripping hazard.

Best Rugs for Entryways at the Base of the Stairs

Some homes not only have small entryways to contend with, but they also have a staircase right when you walk through the front door. This type of entryway definitely limits your rug options—but don’t worry, you still have options!

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Doormat on a Small Landing

If you just have a small landing that acts as an entryway at the base of your stairs, go for something practical and durable. A basic (but cute!) doormat would be our recommendation here, giving you a non-slip place to wipe your feet as you walk through the door.

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Small Round Rug at the Base of the Stairs

A round rug can be practical and stylish in small spaces, as long as the circumference isn’t larger than the floor space. It gives you a place to wipe your feet and set shoes while also adding visual interest to a small entryway.

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How To Fake An Entryway: Design Tips for Homes With No Entryway

Entryways can be tricky spaces to design. They’re often small spaces, awkwardly shaped, and need to pack in a lot of function. So it’s even more challenging if you live in a home that doesn’t have a clearly designated entryway inside the front door per se.

From apartments to family houses, many homes have a front door that opens straight into the living room. Some homes might open into a small space or hallway that leads directly into a staircase. Or in other instances, the entryway has little to no room so it doesn’t look or feel like an entryway at all. If this is you, don’t fret!

To help you tackle this design dilemma, we’ve rounded up 8 easy ways to fake an entryway in your home, from adding storage to stylishly setting your space apart.

Need help outfitting your foyer? Also, check out our entryway furniture checklist and simple and stylish entryway design tips! Otherwise, read on to find out what you can do to instantly carve out an entryway when you don’t have one!

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1. Create A Landing Strip

If you have a front door that leads into an open-concept space, delineate a foyer area using furnishings that blend in with the rest of the room.

In this makeshift entry space, the bench and cabinet offer practical storage and seating but are curated to complement the room’s modern rustic interior design aesthetic. By keeping the pieces lined up against the staircase wall, it helps designate the space as an entry checkpoint.

Just remember that beyond using a cabinet and bench for shoes, purses, and jackets or as a catchall, dressing them with accents will make the pieces feel more integrated into your space while still providing all the functions of a full-size entry.

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2. Define The Entry Wall

An easy way to ‘mark’ an entryway zone is to paint or wallpaper the space around your front door—especially if it opens directly into a large open room.

Take a cue from this open-space entry: Using a bold paint color that contrasts with the rest of the space, the accent wall instantly zones the ‘entry’ as its own area. For a vibrant approach, you can swap paint for a brightly patterned wallpaper that adds color and pop to the wall around your front door. It’ll have the same effect as paint except it makes even more of a statement.

Be sure to round out your entryway accent wall with practical foyer essentials, such as a rug, console table, mirror, and stylish lighting to give it the look and feel of a space of its own.

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3. Fake A Mudroom

For an entryway that leads straight into a long, narrow hallway, try creating the illusion of a mudroom by adding practical accents like hooks, baskets, and a bench for putting on and taking off shoes.

Try anchoring your small entry hallway with a bench, then topping it off with hooks and a wall shelf to make the most of your vertical storage space. All of this will help frame the space to feel more like an actual foyer, and it’s the perfect solution for a busy family home without a clear entryway.

Be sure to ground this space with other practical mudroom essentials, such as storage baskets and an indoor-outdoor rug or a natural-fiber one, to complete the look. Also, check out our small entryway design tips for stylish ways to cozy up a tiny foyer.

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4. Add An Entryway Closet

One of the best (and foolproof) ways to fake an entryway inside your front door is to define it with a large storage piece, such as a freestanding closet armoire.

Consider filling out the space in your home’s entrance with a tall wardrobe cabinet that adds tons of storage in a concealed way. While they’re big, wardrobes and armoires make for practical storage that will instantly signal the space as your entryway. Make sure to choose a storage cabinet piece that fits the dimensions of your front door space for a seamless look.

This is definitely an investment, but the best part? If you decide to rethink your space down the line, you can easily use it as storage elsewhere in the home.

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5. Delineate With A Rug

Entryways that open into a small hallway or room are harder to define (see faking a mudroom above). A simple way to zone it as a foyer is to lay down a rug across your front door.

In this entry, the rug helps to frame the area around the awkwardly positioned front door. The result is a practical landing strip for taking off shoes and keeping dirt from being dragged into the rest of the home. Additionally, adding a rug is an inexpensive way to bring a bit of texture and color to a makeshift entryway space.

If you’re pressed for space and can’t fit an area rug or wide doormat, a long and narrow runner will do the trick. In fact, a runner in the foyer is one of our favorite entryway ideas.

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6. Consider A Cubby System

Similar to faking a mudroom, storage cubbies or lockers are practical storage pieces that are great for defining an entryway area.

Here, the cubby cabinet transforms the tight space inside the front door into a distinct entryway, complete with tons of storage and the look of a custom built-in unit. This is a great solution for family homes with school-age kids. A cubby cabinet is also the perfect low-lift, high-function investment piece if you’re looking to fake an entry without hanging or painting your space.

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7. Divide Your Space

No entry in a small open living room? No problem. One of our favorite ways to fake an entryway is using a room divider, such as with a low bookcase, to separate a front door space from the living area.

With the entryway in the living room here, the low bookcase functions as a makeshift wall without closing in the entry space. At the same time, it acts as an entryway catchall as well as provides storage for the living area. The key is to make sure to pick a bookshelf or divider that blends in with the rest of your furnishings and aesthetic. Then just round out the entry space with hooks.

As an alternative to a bookcase, a tiered console shelf can also work beautifully as a room divider. They’re even more narrow than a low bookcase so they’re a great option if you’re extra-pressed for space.

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8. Think Skinny Console

When it comes to a front door that opens into a long hallway corridor, an easy way to create an instant entryway look and feel is to pull in a narrow console table.

In this tight entry hall, the slim console shelf takes up minimal space while still offering plenty of storage on the surface, inside the drawers, and down below. A narrow console also makes for the perfect entryway catchall and drop-off zone without impeding the walkway and the flow of the space.

Be sure to dress up the console with art, a lamp, and small accents to create a full entry look. You can add more definition by hanging a mirror above the console or pulling in a long runner, which is sure to set apart any small entryway with a burst of style and color.

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Spice Up Your Entry With These 12 Chic Entryway Styling Ideas

This week we are taking on one of our favorite spaces that often gets overlooked—the entryway! Entryway design ideas are so important because it’s the first impression you get when you walk in the door and the last thing you see on the way out! You want to make sure that the entryway is a welcoming sight. Entryway table decor helps spruce up the look of your entryway and ensure your home looks stylish and beautiful from the second you walk in!

If you’re in need of entry table ideas or wondering how to style your table in foyer space, we’ve got some great entryway design tips for you! Read on to get inspired by these entry table ideas.

entry table ideasTraditional Welcome

This look provides minimal but tasteful styling in the entryway. The focus here is on form over function, so it’s filled with mainly decorative items. The traditional / classic style adds an elegant touch to your home decor and keeps the entryway table free of clutter. This is a great look for people who like traditional aesthetics and a sleek, clutter-free look.

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entry table ideasFarmhouse Foyer

For those who prefer entry table ideas with a fuller style console, this farmhouse style look packs in quite a bit of style! It has layers of function and decor with a mirror, lamp, baskets, and stool. It also displays art, plants, and books to give it a modern rustic decorative look. It’s one of our favorite small entryway designs! The compact stool and basket tuck away under the entryway table to keep the area small but extra functional.

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Southwestern Style Entry

This entryway table is rich with simple styling, including a small lamp, plants and tray. It’s part function, part decorative and we love the blend of mid-century boho and southwestern style. It’s a great look for those who want a trendy entryway with storage to tuck away odds and ends as well as beautiful styling with a botanical influence!

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entry table ideasSeating and Storage Galore

This is one of the best ideas for entryways to showcase pretty and tasteful decor on the console table, including the mirror, elegant lamp, and flowers. The style is modern rustic with monochromatic neutrals on the console and bench that can blend into a variety of design schemes. It’s a great choice for an entryway that is calm and open with a simple, neutral aesthetic to welcome you in.

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entry table ideasMinimalist Entryway

This entryway features a purely decorative styling that makes a beautiful statement. The entryway table features vases, greenery, etc. and is great for a foyer where you don’t need any practical storage. It also works well if you like to switch up your entry table decor ideas often. You can easily change greenery or vase arrangements to create a new look. The organic minimalist-maximalist style works well with a variety of entry table decor ideas because the neutrals and metallics don’t overwhelm the space!

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entry table ideasClassic Formal Details

This entryway is highly stylized with vase groupings, books, layers of candles, leaning art, etc on both the top and bottom shelf of the console table. It’s a small, compact look but packs in plenty of function. This entryway idea is perfect for those who don’t need too much storage in the entryway but love a stylized look with a bit of extra function. Plus, the classic formal style ups the elegance factor in any home!

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entry table ideasCoastal Greetings

We love the serene look this coastal classic style produces in the entryway. It’s super functional with a storage credenza, mirror, chair, and lamp all sticking to the same neutral color scheme and laid-back, beach look. Added decor like the book and greenery are mixed in for extra style and you can easily personalize an entryway design idea like this. This look is great for a larger entryway that is mighty functional and also creates a dazzling impact on arrival!

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entry table ideasNatural Materials

This is one of our favorite tables for foyers featuring neutral decor. The mix of lamp, greenery, and shapely items along with the variety of sizes creates a cool, dynamic look. The style uses lots of ceramic and natural materials and the floor mirror adds a functional aspect that’s unique because it’s not placed over the console like in most entryway table designs. This refined rustic look is perfect for those who want a ‘classic’ entryway with a bit of unique twist.

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entry table ideasAntiqued Entry

This multi-shelved console is tastefully stylized with bowls, trays, and baskets for small items to live. Having tons of practical dishes and baskets to stow your stuff makes it easy to keep a clutter-free entryway. The look is mixed with organic shaped vase and greenery in a traditional style. It’s great for those who want a traditional entryway table with both functional and beautiful decor.

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entry table ideasFormal Foyer

For a handsome, refined rustic look, we love this round table in the center of entry. It’s different from a typical console table and has both height and impact to make a bold statement in the center of the entryway. It’s great for those who need entryway ideas for a larger space and want to make a style statement with their home decor. However, it’s not the best for those who have a busy entryway with lots of traffic and kids coming in and out.

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Farmhouse First-Impressions

This look is all about rustic minimalism, featuring organic texture in the wood bowl, pampas grass, woven basket, and natural wood console. The simple organic and soft forms create a totally zen style and the bowl, lamp, and basket are all functional pieces. Plus the added chair makes a great stopping place to put on shoes, etc. This look is great for those who want a functional, rustic entryway but don’t love clutter or unnecessary decor.

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14 Ways to Style Your Mid-Century Modern Entryway Design

It’s always a good time to switch up the look in your entryway design—even if it’s one area that might not be seeing a lot of action these days (it will again soon!). And even though It’s one of the busiest spots in the home, it’s one of the easiest spaces to design and spruce up, be it with simple storage accessories or all-new entryway furniture.

It’s also important to design your entryway with style in mind. You’ll find no shortage of entryway inspiration and ideas from us. Mid-Century Modern entryway designs are one of our most popular styles, and it’s easy to see why. It takes a clean-lined and airy approach to entry design elements and adds streamlined designs and smart storage solutions. What you end up with is a space that blends everyday practicality with modern style.

Love the idea of a Mid-Century look for your entry but not sure how to make it work in your space? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for 14 of our favorite Mid-Century Modern entryway ideas and entryway design tips, and get our best-kept tips for bringing the look home.

A Graphic Mid-Century Modern Entry

Anchor your entry in black-and-white for a boldly modern look. It’s a palette that works perfectly with Mid-Century wood tones and accents, and it adds major visual impact at the same time.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Keep it slender. Stay true to Mid-Century design forms by pulling in a tapered-leg console. It’s an iconic look that will help center the space and set a modern vibe.
  • Pattern it up. Mid-Century Modern style loves graphic black-and-white patterns, so you can’t go wrong with vases, lamps, and baskets that highlight motifs in the color scheme.
  • Get abstract. A captivating abstract artwork is a great way to direct focus and round out your entry with a thoroughly modern look. The bigger and more abstract the better here.

A ’70s Mid-Century Spot

Who doesn’t love a bit of retro flair? This Mid-Century hall entry is all about that. Take a page from this design and try combining practical entryway furniture with accents that nod to the ’70s.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Be bold with furniture. Eye-catching silhouettes and shapes will drive home the retro theme, so pick the oversized mirror and arched console. Showstopping is the M.O. here.
  • Think retro hues. Set a modern vintage scene with a warm color palette. Shades like pastel orange, indigo, and canary yellow are perfect contrasts to clean-lined furniture.
  • Delineate with accents. Finishing touches, like brass planters, geometric objects, and tall lamps can set apart hallway entrances like this one. Use them to frame your space.

A Cheery & Modern Welcome

Mid-Century Modern style isn’t just neutrals and wood tones. You can work in bold colors, like this bright entry spot by layering in vibrant accents that pop against clean-lined wood furniture.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Stick to warm woods. Ground your entry with one to two cool designs in a versatile wood tone. They’ll make for a base that pairs perfect with any lively color palette.
  • Shades of summer! This is a modern look that isn’t afraid of color, so work in rugs, baskets, and art that have summery shades, from ice cream hues to beachy brights.
  • Have a showpiece. You want to balance out bright colors with unique designs that are equally bold. Consider this stylish coat rack, which adds storage and sculptural appeal.

A Chic & Compact Setup

The best modern small entryway designs make the most of open living spaces. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and style. It’s simply about having a few well-chosen pieces.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Bench it. If you don’t have a proper entryway, you can carve one out by pulling in a Mid-Century bench along a wall or in a nook by the door. It will clearly define your space.
  • Enlist baskets. Baskets are true lifesavers in small entryways. They’re easy to stow under benches and make things less complicated than ottomans.
  • Pillows are not too much. With a small entryway bench, top it with patterned pillows to introduce some color and soft comfort. Trust us when we say it’s definitely worth it.

A High-Style Modern Entryway

For a fashionable take on Mid-Century style, try a soft approach to the black and white palette. Rather than boldly graphic, aim for subtle monochrome decor that amplifies warm wood tones.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Think modern silhouettes. Be it a hanging coat rack, a Mid-Century-style desk or a round mirror, seek out entry furniture with simple lines. It will instill a minimalist-cool vibe.
  • Wallpaper in style. Covering your walls with an eye-catching pattern turns the space into a focal point. Keep it light and monochrome to add chic contrast and subtle impact.
  • Keep it spare. A few black-and-white accents can go a long way, like a framed photo print or a sculptural vase. Keep a few black fashion pieces on display to add to the look.

A Bejeweled Catchall Zone

When you combine jewel tones with modern entryway furniture, the result is a space that’s warm, welcoming and wildly captivating. With the right furniture for entryway spaces, it’s also hugely comfortable.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Let bold colors lead. Painting your walls in a rich jewel tone sets the stage for an entry that’s anything but boring. Use your color choice as a guide for equally bold furnishings.
  • Glam up. Jewel tones mixed with luxe materials, like mirrors, velvet, acrylic, and brass, is a foolproof formula. Seek out designs and storage that highlight these materials.
  • Details that pop. Purple walls contrasted with a wood bench. Bold blue patterned pillows and a soft-pink rug. A brass planter and a freeform mirror. Focus on details here.

A Contemporary-Cool Entry

Blending Mid-Century and contemporary styles, this is tailored and airy space is our idea of the perfect modern entryway. It’s functional in all the best ways without sacrificing comfort or style.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Style your seating. You don’t need a suite of entryway furniture for your space to feel furnished. Add a bench with pillows for an instant cozy seating area that’s all its own.
  • Go neutral. Keep to a palette of high-contrast neutrals, like soft grays, light blues, and browns and beiges. It will play up a fresh and approachable look that’s quietly inviting.
  • Focus on vertical space. Fill your empty wall space with art prints, sconces, and even a floor mirror to draw the eye up in your entry. It will emphasize an open and airy appeal.

A Calm & Laid-Back Corner

If you love the modern look but want your entry to have a serene atmosphere, go with a blue and white palette. It’s a tried-and-true color scheme that’s casual, cool, and calming all at once.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Double-duty seating. Entryway storage is the most important factor to consider. A deep storage bench is a great solve for small entries or pass-through spaces, like this one.
  • Layer classic patterns. The best way to style up a calming blue palette is with accents, like pillows and mirrors, that have simple motifs. Think stripes, dots, and geometrics!
  • Keep it simple. Less is more here, specifically with clutter and unnecessary accents. Stash items away in your bench, skip the sconces and objets, and focus on functionality!

A Lush & Lively Entryway

Draw inspiration from nature and the outdoors for your modern entryway and bring in vibrant furnishings in shades of green. Mixed with Mid-Century designs, it adds up to a tropical space.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Play with greens. Calming and bold, green is perfect next to Mid-Century wood pieces. Layer varying shades in your rugs, pillows, and accents to create the most dynamic look.
  • Embrace nature. Bring in live and faux greenery as well as botanical and leafy patterns. These verdant touches will liven up the space with amazing color and texture.
  • Get comfortable. Turning your entry into a multipurpose space with a reading chair can be a great add-on. It’s a convenient perch that also lends warmth to the practical space.

A Modern-Eclectic Passageway

If your front door opens into a spacious welcoming area, consider transforming it into an airy vestibule with Mid-Century entryway furniture, durable floor covering, and stylish focal points.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Statement storage. In any entry that allows for large furniture, a Mid-Century cabinet is a functional and eye-catching choice. It’s sure to provide warmth and visual balance.
  • Display botanicals. A floral print and happy greenery always makes for a welcoming sight in an entry. Hang a print above your cabinet and array some cacti for easy updates.
  • Have a durable landing. To ground your Mid-Century vestibule, lay down a sturdy rug in beige or neutral tones. A natural-fiber rug is best, but a bright kilim also works great.

An Elevated Modern Foyer

For those who prefer a foyer with a bit of classic elegance, this warmly outfitted modern entryway has just the right tailored and traditional elements you love.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Back to basics. Sometimes all you need are the basics, like a Mid-Century modern tufted bench, a large round mirror, and an attractive rug. It’s your classic entryway trio.
  • Ground it in earth tones. Warm neutrals, like beiges, browns, and taupes can feel at once bold and calming. It’s a palette that sets guests immediately at ease.
  • Draw the eye up. Don’t underestimate the impact of a sculptural light fixture in the entry. It adds visual appeal and helps round out your space by directing focus upward.

A Colorful Mid-Century Entrance

Even in a small entryway, you can find ways to freshen it up with bold colors. Simply layer in accents in bright primary pastel shades, charming ceramics, and brass objects.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Let accents shine. With a small space, rather than focus on stylish entryway furniture, play up bright accents instead. Use them to create multiple focal points that captivate.
  • Consider open storage. Skip the storage bench in small entryways, and go with a tall bookcase. It uses vertical storage space, so even the tiniest entry won’t feel cramped.
  • Pile on the vessels. Vases and sculptural vessels are accessories for adding color and visual interest in a small entryway. Mix, match, and swap them out as you like.

An Artfully Curated Greeting

Outfitting your entry is as much about functionality as it is about showcasing your personal style through your favorite art, objects, and collections. Make it a tableau that leaves an impression.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Play with shapes. Layer objects with organic and geometric forms. Try a gooseneck lamp, abstract art or a molded planter for simple accents that add tons of visual texture.
  • Think in twos. Be it a pair of basket planters, a duo of art prints, or a two-tiered console table, think double when outfitting your entry. It adds to the curated layered look.
  • Balance unique designs. Leave room to add one or two statement Mid-Century modern pieces. Here, the oblong-shaped mirror balances out the decked out console.

A Visually Arresting Entry

Between the photo and art prints along with the clean-lined storage cabinet and mesh chair, this makes for our idea of the perfect Mid-Century Modern entryway.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Gallery wall goals! Set a scenic mood with a simple gallery wall of black-and-white art. Round it out with a whimsical touch, like a sunhat, to break up the monochrome look.
  • Bring in iconic designs. Opt for Mid-Century entryway furniture with iconic silhouettes. Pieces like this streamlined credenza and woven chair make for bold design statements.
  • Play with height. Frame your entry space using a tall indoor plant and a standing coat rack to flank your centerpiece. It offers a fresh perspective as well as function and style.

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14 Entryway Design Tips to Help Your Home Make a Stylish First Impression

Entryways are the perfect place to establish welcoming vibes in your home. Whether it’s a big foyer or a barely-there space inside the front door, this area is the first room you see when you walk into the house. A good entryway design makes sure this room helps keep you organized on your way in and out and makes an excellent first impression on guests.

Setting up an entryway you love coming home to is a great thing to prioritize right now—even if you’re just leaving the house for groceries or to go on a walk! The great news is because these spaces are usually on the smaller side, entryway redesigns don’t require nearly as much work (or as big of a budget) as other rooms.

Keep reading for our stylists’ best entryway design tips to help your home make a stylish first impression. You’ll be ready to make the most of this space, whether it’s large or small, in no time!

entryway decor1. Pick a Color Palette

Not sure where to start with your entry decor? Pick a color scheme to unify the space! This can be established through your wall color—like in this blue entryway—or simply through decor. Once you land on a color palette, work in your hue of choice in a few shades in different pieces throughout the space—like through your choice of rug, baskets, art, lamps, and other decorative accents.

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entryway design2. Create a Functional Entryway Checkpoint

The entryway is the first place you set foot into when you come home and the last place you see when you leave. Adding a few thoughtful touches can have a big impact on your entire day. Additions like drawers for mail, a tray for essentials like your keys and wallet, and hooks to hang your bag or coat will help organize the space—and your life!

Think about the things you grab on your way out the door and create an entryway design that helps remind you to take them with you. This will help ensure you’ll always be prepared to face the day.

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entryway layout3. Consider Your Layout

The layout of your entryway is just as important as the contents! Make sure there’s a clear path to and from the door so you have ample space to walk through. No one wants to feel cramped the moment they walk through the door! When doing this, consider which way your door swings to open, and leave enough clearance around it. Then, work around other architectural elements, like windows, closets, and other hallways. With all that in mind, make sure the elements you end up including work with your lifestyle and are highly functional.

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entryway decor4. Stay Organized with Storage

Storage is the ultimate key to functional entryway design. Because entryways are usually the first and last room you pass through in your house, clutter has a way of piling up quickly. From kids’ school bags and toys to packages and purses, your entryway sees a lot of action. To keep clutter at bay, we say get organized with smart storage.

Our favorite entryway storage idea? Enclosed storage pieces, like this woven-front credenza. The drawers create an easy place to stash mail, gloves, keys, and more. It’s perfect for on-the-go lifestyles. And since the storage is enclosed, you can quickly tidy up and hide clutter without the need to constantly organize your entryway design.

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entryway design5. Add Personal Touches

After a long day, it is so nice to come home and be greeted by a space you love. Take a little extra care to curate decor and art in your entryway design so you are welcomed home by things you love from the moment you step through the door.

Consider adding in a few photos of your family, sculptures from a trip, or fun decor that showcases your personal style. A few of these personal touches in an entryway can instantly make your home feel like your perfect oasis.

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entryway design6. Keep Your Entryway Design Simple and Stylish

Sometimes the best entryway designs are the simplest ones. All you really need is a piece of art or a stylish mirror, a console or bench, and a few pops of decor.

We love a bench for an easy place to put on and take off shoes. And a mirror is key for last-minute outfit checks and can help make smaller entryway designs feel more spacious! Finally, some potted plants and decorative pillows pack a delightfully stylish punch in any entryway, making them our must-have pieces to complete this space.

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7. Make Space for a Mirror

Since your entryway is the last place you’ll be before you leave the house, we highly recommend making space for a mirror. No more scrambling for last-minute outfit or makeup checks! You can hang one over a console table or bench. Or, if you have the space, try a floor mirror so you can see yourself from head to toe. This is especially great if you don’t have room for a full-length mirror in your bedroom!

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entryway design ideas8. Use Baskets for Stashable Storage

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with or don’t want to invest in a heavy-duty (and more expensive) storage piece, baskets are the way to go. They’re functional, affordable, and stylish—a triple threat! And there are so many style directions you can go with baskets.

To go for this option, choose your preferred basket—or two or three—and simply tuck it under a console or bench. Or just line a few up along the wall! We love this option for households with kiddos, as baskets are an easy way to stash shoes, coats, and backpack. But regardless of if you have kids or not, baskets are just a great way to keep you organized. Use one for shoes, one for reusable grocery bags and purses, and one for outdoor equipment like frisbees and balls!

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small entryway9. Tuck In Seating

If you like to sit down to put on and remove your shoes as you come and go, make sure to build seating into your entryway. You could add a bench with a mirror or hooks above, opt for a chair or settee, or go for a pair of stylish stools that you can tuck under your console to save on floor space! This is a great option if you have a smaller entryway—or none at all! With the combination of a small console and stools, you can turn a hallway into an impromptu entryway. This way, you can just pull out the stools when you need them and tuck them away when you don’t. (You could also go with baskets instead of stools, or do one of each!)

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10. Create a Jaw-Dropping Focal Point

Entryways might be small, but they don’t have to be an afterthought. With the right interior design attention, your entryway can rival any other room in the house. And, considering this room gets so much traffic, it probably should. Need proof? This entryway design from our Modern Rustic lake house proves just how stylish these spaces can be!

It doesn’t take much to create a gorgeous look here either—pick a console table you love, hang a show-stopping work of art, and cover the floors with a gorgeous rug (just make sure it has a durable weave and can stand up to extra foot traffic). Bonus points if you have space for a statement chandelier! Then, tuck in a few baskets for a stylish pop of storage. These are especially great for kid-friendly entryways where all the clutter can be hard to contain.

11. Think Off the Walls

Your entryway furniture doesn’t always have to be pushed against the walls. If you have a larger entryway or open foyer, consider “floating” a round table in the middle of the space. A floating table is a great entryway design option if you have a lot of square footage by the door and aren’t quite sure what to do with it.

This not only opens up the functional possibilities for your entryway layout, but it also gives the area a slightly more formal vibe and polished look. With the extra wall space, you can add additional storage (think a credenza or bookcases) or prop a full-length mirror for easy last-minute outfit checks on your way out the door.

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minimal entryway decor12. Play With Negative Space

Don’t be shy about using your entryway as a place to display art and decorative objects. It’s the first part of your home that guests see, so it’s a perfect place to make an impression! (Peek a few of our other favorite entryway designs to make a stunning first impression in your home.)

Just don’t overload it with too many things. Play with negative space and just highlight the pieces you’re most proud of or excited about. This is also a great moment to rotate decor with the seasons or your mood—which keeps your home feeling fresh without having to buy new art and decor!

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entryway design13. Work With What You’ve Got

Don’t have a proper entryway? Or maybe your front door is in your living room? We say work with the space you have—and make use of some of our best small space hacks for entryways. If possible, simply carve out an entryway “zone” or corner. Then, include the essentials—like storage, seating, or even just a coat rack or a few hooks.

To determine your essentials, think about your morning routine and what your “get out the door” needs are. Do you need a place to always put your keys so you don’t misplace them? Baskets to organize the kids’ stuff? Hooks to hang your coat and bag? Whatever your essentials are, work them into your design. Here, we tucked in a petite credenza for a pop of storage and a place to set mail and keys on the way in and out of the door.

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14. Add Natural Texture

The secret ingredient that every polished space has? Texture. Up your entryway style with this easy addition. Think: weathered wood, chunky woven baskets, stone, and natural fiber rugs (which are great for high-traffic rooms like entryways). The coral statue, pictured above, is also a fun and unexpected way to add texture. We also love these knotted rope lamps with linen shades. Adding any or all of these natural pops of texture to your entryway will definitely spice up the design.

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7 Pretty & Practical Entryway Ideas

entryway ideasMore than any other room in the home, your entryway should be a space that’s both stylish and functional. It’s the first room you and others will see, so it should make a lasting impression.

At the same time, it’s also a busy space that gets a lot of everyday use. As such, it needs to be practical and functional, designed with pieces that work with your lifestyle. Additionally, if you live in a small space and have a tiny entryway, it’s all the more important to make sure it’s styled and furnished just right.

All to say, the entryway is one space in the home that deserves lots of smart design attention. Read on for some of our favorite entryway ideas and tips for creating a perfect welcome spot in your own home.

modern entryway ideas1. Make a Stylish First Impression

Because it’s the first space guests will see, put your style on full display in your entry. This way you’ll set the tone and overall vibe for the rest of the home.

We love this minimal-Deco space with a rounded mirror and console. The accent chairs provide a pop of natural texture and a place to sit. The curved shapes on repeat give this entryway a curated and streamlined look that’s sure to captivate.

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rustic entryway decor2. Say Yes to Statement Storage

No closet space? No problem! Bring in a large storage console or sideboard to add major function to your entryway. Choosing a captivating storage piece will help to define your space by setting it off from the rest of your home.

Consider starting with a large enclosed piece that has elaborate carved detailing on the facade. This will add tons of visual texture, a must for any space. You can even opt for one in a lighter wood tone, as in this sideboard, will make for an especially show-stopping focal point in the entryway.

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small entryway decor3. Carve Out an Entryway Corner

If you don’t have the square footage for a full-on entryway, you can create a makeshift one in a corner.

To start, you can’t go wrong with this tried-and-true entryway furniture formula. A console paired with an art piece or a mirror, a stool and a tall plant. Then if you have the room, take a cue from this corner entryway and layer in a basket for some extra easy storage that’s perfect for shoes and kids items.

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4. Define the Space With a Rug

Just like a statement cabinet, another way to set off your entryway is to add bold style from the ground up with a rug. This is a great way to visually define your space and is one of our favorite entryway ideas.

For a durable rug option in the entry, lay down a natural-fiber rug, which can stand up to lots of foot traffic. Flatweave rugs are also good choices as they often come in a range of neutral and vibrant colors that can enliven your space. You can also use your rug as the jumping-off point for the rest of your entryway, as in this space, where the colors and patterns of the rug tie in with the warm wood of the credenza and the green walls.

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entryway ideas5. Pull In Pretty Seating

Needless to say, your entryway furniture isn’t just limited to consoles and credenzas. An elegant bench or settee is another way you can put the space to work while giving it a high-style look.

Pull in a chic settee, as in this classic one, to create a place for putting on and taking off shoes on the way in and out of your home. This is a great idea if your entry is part of a long hallways or pass-through space. Then round out your seating with equally pretty accents such as matching side tables, lamps, and a pillow or two. A captivating art piece will also help bring focus to the spot.

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bold entryway ideas6. Punch It Up With Wallpaper

There’s no better place than the entryway for impactful wallpaper. It’s an out-of-the-box option that’s guaranteed to leave a fun first impression for guests and also add a bit of whimsy and personality to your home.

You’ll also be less likely to get tired of a bold wallpaper in the entry since it’s mostly a pass-through space. Opt for a wallpaper pattern that’s a little unexpected, like this striated geometric motif, and try a color you normally wouldn’t go for in your living spaces. This is one of our favorite entryway ideas because it lets you experiment with new designs and expand and your decor boundaries. Don’t be afraid to go very bold. Offset your wallpaper with streamlined pieces to strike good visual balance.

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7. Tuck in Extra Seating

Finally, open consoles look great in the entryway but they lack the extra storage you’d get from a credenza. Nonetheless, you can put that open space to work by stowing stools and storage ottomans in there.

This is a great way to add extra seating to your entryway without taking up more floor space. Opt for a matching pair of ottomans and stools to create a cohesive overall look. If you’re not sure ottomans will fit underneath your slender open-base console, try pulling in a few baskets for easy storage instead. It will provide you the same compact and collected look.

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