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May Edit: Best Entryway Ideas of the Month

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

best entryway designsClassic and Collected

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

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best entryway designsRustic Minimalism

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

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best entryway designsBright Modern Entryway

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

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best entryway designsSimple Entryway Moment

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

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best entryway designsChic Greetings

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

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best entryway designsRustic Welcome

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

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best entryway designsFarmhouse Entryway Nook

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

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best entryway designsMid-Century Chic

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

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best entryway designsSeaside Style

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

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best entryway designsMural Moment

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

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Rustic and Retro

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

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best entryway designsTextural Treat

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

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best entryway designsSwing Into Gear

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

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best entryway designsRustic Welcome

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

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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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