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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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My Modsy Story: How Modsy Transformed My Entryway Into an At-Home Coffee Shop

Nicole knew she wanted to do something special with her entryway foyer—but she wasn’t sure how to bring her ideas to life in a way that had a cohesive look and feel.

Homeowner: Nicole C. Non-profit Director + food blogger

Location: St. Charles, MO

Room: Entryway

Her Style: Reclaimed Visionary

The Backstory

When we moved into our new house, we had almost no furniture. Our space was kind of sad and empty—but we knew it had great potential! We just weren’t sure what to do with it. We were especially struggling with the entryway area right off the front door. We didn’t want it to be just a large entryway foyer, but we also didn’t want it to be a sitting room. But other than those two options, we didn’t know what else to do with the space!

The Design Dilemma

My husband and I have both been WFH since COVID started and we wanted to make our entryway into a space we both loved since we’re there all the time now. I started digging around Pinterest and came across some great ideas for at-home coffee bars. I’m a food blogger, so I liked the idea of having my passion for good food and drinks inspire this space. The only problem was I couldn’t visualize how the space could come together and I felt overwhelmed by the thought of sourcing all the products and creating a cohesive look and feel on my own. So, I turned to Google, and that’s when I found Modsy!

“I’m a food blogger, so I liked the idea of having my passion for good food and drinks inspire this space. but I was having a hard time visualizing how it could come together and felt overwhelmed with sourcing all the products and creating a cohesive look and feel.”

The Modsy Moment

I was completely blown away when I got my first designs. I was so excited that I immediately texted them to a few friends! I loved how our designer sent us some layouts to consider for our “coffee shop” before picking out all the pieces that would go in the space. That extra step gave us clarity on what we wanted and needed for the room.

“I was completely blown away when I got my first designs. I was so excited that I immediately texted them to a few friends!”

The Real Results

I’m so happy with our new space. Our designer did an awesome job! I never would have been able to make our little coffee shop on my own—at least not without some major headaches! And Modsy lets you easily buy everything at once, which saved me so much time and energy.

“I’m so happy with our new space . . . I never would have been able to make our little coffee shop on my own—at least not without some major headaches!”

I can’t tell you what it means to have a space that feels like a daily getaway just a few feet away from my bedroom door. Having an at-home coffee shop/office is really helpful especially during COVID when daily rituals have become so important to creating a sense of security. We feel so blessed to be in this home and are so happy we used Modsy, which we also used to help with our living room and dining room designs because we enjoyed the experience so much—we basically never want to leave any of these spaces!

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Buying Guide: The Ultimate Entryway Furniture Checklist

Ever wonder, when designing a room, what pieces are essential, and which things are simply nice to have if you have the space or budget for them? Well, no more wondering! With our interior design buying guides, we’ll walk you through the essential pieces for a space, the nice-to-haves, and the little touches that make a space shine.

Our Modsy designers have worked with many homeowners to furnish their entryways, so we know from experience what is the entryway furniture you absolutely need and the things you can hold off on—or just do without altogether.

Given the above, we obviously have amassed a ton of useful entryway design tips. But to help simplify what to bring into your own space, we’ve created this entryway buying guide to walk you through the essential pieces to get (mirror, rug, table lamp) and the big-ticket investment pieces you should save and splurge on at some point (credenza, console). Treat this as your entryway checklist for everything you need to design a space that’s welcoming, stylish, and functional. After all, the idea is for you to have an entryway that meets all your everyday needs and works for your lifestyle. And because everyone’s budget is different, we’ve included a general price range for each of the pieces you’ll want to consider for your space.

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Early Entryway Considerations

The size and shape of your entryway

If you can, measure out your entryway so you know how much space you have to work with. This will give you an idea of the number of furniture pieces you can realistically fit in your space. This is also important because if you have a narrow entryway or a hallway entryway, you’ll want to avoid deep, bulky pieces.

How you use your entryway on a daily basis

A family entryway is used very differently than a space for someone who’s living by themselves. If you have children, you might need more storage while if you live solo, you might opt for a slim console instead of a credenza. Being clear about how the space needs to function for you will help narrow down your furniture choices.

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Entryway Essentials: Furniture and Decor Checklist

With all that in mind, let’s dive in on our entryway checklist!

Mirror

Whether it’s a round, rectangular, or square mirror, it’s a functional piece that will open up your space, reflect more light into your entryway, and also let you get one last look at yourself before you run out the door. Hang any large mirror over a console table or credenza for a balanced look. Be sure it’s at the right height (eye level) so you can easily see yourself without stooping or going on tippy toes!

Stylist Tip: If you have a small space, mirrors are great for bouncing light around, and a large one can help make a cramped room or pass-through space feel more open.

Price Range: $100–$800

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A Welcoming Rug

Creating a landing strip in your entryway with a bright and durable rug. It not only adds comfort but a colorful rug will also make a statement and give your space a warm pop of color. A rug will also soften the overall look and feel in your entryway, adding a personal touch right when you (or visitors) come in the door. With a small entryway design, try a runner is great for more compact entryways, or go with a 3’ x 5’ mat in the center.

Stylist Tip: In high-traffic areas like an entryway, choose durable rugs and runners—natural fiber, outdoor designs—in darker colors. Washable rugs are also great options.

Price Range: $199–$2000

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Pillows & Throws

Similar to a rug, pillows and throws add comfort, color, and a personal touch. Layer one or two pillows on a chair or bench to give yourself something to lean on when you sit down to put on or take off shoes. The best part is that these are decorative pieces you can easily switch out seasonally. Consider warm-hued textiles for the spring and fall, and swap them for pillows and a light throw in cool tones during summer and winter.

Stylist Tip: No need to go overboard. One or two pillows and a throw will go a long way in an entry, and it’s usually all you need to add a pop of color.

Price Range: $50–$200

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A Credenza or Cabinet

Storage is key in any size entryway. If you have the space, a credenza or cabinet gives you a practical surface that can serve as a catchall for keys, sunglasses, mail, and other items. A slender credenza or cabinet is always ideal for maximizing floor space, and you’ll want to arrange it along the largest wall in your entryway. This way it won’t feel too bulky and crowd your space physically and visually.

Stylist Tip: The best credenza or cabinet is one that meets all your needs. Say, if you need hidden storage, go with a design that has drawers or closed cabinet doors.

Price Range: $299–$2000

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Console Table

For an alternative to a credenza or cabinet, a console offers practical storage on its surface and also underneath it. The difference is that many console tables come with open shelving and in much narrower sizes, making them perfect for entryways large and small. If you’re not sold on a credenza but need lots of storage, consider a console with drawers or tiered shelving. Just be sure to place it along the longest wall by the front door and invest in some console table styling ideas to make it an extra special welcome home sight.

Stylist Tip: Minimize your entryway furniture footprint as much as possible. Select a slim console that still hits all your needs, like hidden storage or space underneath for baskets, etc.

Price Range: $199–$1000

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Baskets

For added storage for smaller items, like shoes, bags, coats, umbrellas, and other accessories that you need on the go, baskets are indispensable. They’re what we call small-and-mighty workhorse pieces because they’re easy and practical storage that can hold a wide range of items and go anywhere in the home. A few well-placed baskets can go a long way, be it lined up against a wall or stationed right by your front door.

Stylist Tip: Keep to a few baskets so that they don’t overwhelm your entry, and layer them in a neat fashion, like tucked in a corner next to a console or squirreled away on a bottom shelf.

Price Range: $20–$199

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Table Lamp

Good surface lighting is key in the entryway. A table lamp on a console or credenza will add a touch of warm light and set a welcoming tone. If you have a small entryway, you can swap a table lamp for a pair of sconces, which you can hang on either side of your console, credenza, or bench. The idea here is to give yourself a light source that you can switch on when you come home at night.

Stylist Tip: Find a sturdy lamp that will sit comfortably on your console and not feel like it’ll tumble off if brushed gently by a passerby in the entryway.

Price Range: $50–$299

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Floating Table

For those with a spacious entryway, a nice-to-have furniture piece is a floating center table. It’s a great way to visually break up a large space, and it offers a large surface for setting down keys and mail. Floating a table in the center of a grand foyer also makes for a bold statement. You can top it with a centerpiece of seasonal flowers, which will instantly turn it into a stylish focal point that you can dress up or down for different occasions and holidays.

Stylist Tip: A floating table can crowd a small space, so it’s ideal for grand entryways or large rooms that adjoin a foyer. Opt for a round table, which allows for more walking room.

Price Range: $199–$1000

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Hooks & Shelves

Also, nice-to-have are hooks and wall shelves that maximize vertical space for sneaky storage. These practical storage pieces are great for hanging jackets, umbrellas, bags, keys, and anything you’ll need on your way out the door. You’ll want to first make sure you have enough wall space to hang coats without it looking overcrowded. The best part is that hooks and wall shelves add storage without taking up floor space, so they’re perfect for both large and small entryways.

Stylist Tip: Don’t overcrowd hangers or wall shelves. Keeping an odd number (two coat racks and one shelf, or two shelves and one coat rack) provides balance and visual interest.

Price Range: $40–$200

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Chair or Bench

It’s always nice to have a chair, a bench, or a set of storage ottomans in the entryway. It gives you a comfy place where you can sit down to put on shoes or have your kids hop on and wait while you finish gathering everything before leaving the house. Place a chair next to a console table or station a bench opposite a credenza for a balanced arrangement. A chair or bench also makes for a stylish catchall for your coat or bag when you enter and leave the house.

Stylist Tip: Have a spare dining room chair that you don’t need at the table? Your entryway is a perfect home-away-from-home for it! You can always move it back to the dining room if you need an extra seat, but it still serves a function on the day-to-day.

Price Range: $199–$1000

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Little Things The Bring Joy

While the entryway is meant to be a practical space, it should still feel visually exciting and inviting. You can still have fun and style it out by sprinkling little items that show off your personal taste. Decorate your storage surfaces with art, sculptures, vases, bowls, trays, and other accents that bring you joy. These little finishing touches will set a happy mood and are sure to make for welcoming sights every time you walk into your home.

Stylist Tip: Arrange an odd number of art and accents (think groups of three) on the surface of a console or credenza for visual interest. Just leave space for practical items too, like a tray for keys and coins.

Price Range: $20–$1000

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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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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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