How to Design an Entryway
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How to Design an Entryway

A step by step guide for designing a welcoming entryway.

The entryway of your home doesn’t just make a first impression;

it also sets the tone for the style that carries throughout the rest of your home.

Whether you have a small entryway, an open-concept entryway, or a traditional entryway, designing an inviting entryway space is all about creating a space that merges form with function.

After years of designing homes, we’re excited to share our ideas, tips, and inspiration for creating the perfect entryway look.

Here are our 5 steps for designing an entryway:

Step 1: Start with an anchor piece

We like to start with an anchor piece to give an entryway look some substance and increase function. An anchor piece can be anything from a console table to a side table for smaller entryways.

How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway

Our favorite console tables

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Allen Console
Gallitto Console
Lewie Console

Step 2: Ground the space with a rug

Adding a rug to your entryway look brings warmth and texture, defining the space and creating a visual boundary. Whether it’s a long vintage runner, a rustic cowhide, or a small piece to center your console table in an open-concept home, rugs are a great way to add dimension to your entryway.

How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway

Warm wovens

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Amarillo Hand-Knotted Rug
Network Black Woven Rug
Soliel Fringe Woven Rug

Step 3: Add lighting

Illuminating your space is key in creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere. We love adding a statement light to draw the eye up in an entryway, but layering in a lamp is a great place to start.

How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway

Lamp favorites

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Tiny Terri Accent Lamp
Dover Ceramic Table Lamp
Bulle Crystal Mini Table Lamp

Step 4: Balance the look with a focal point

Hanging or leaning a large piece of wall decor above your anchor table draws the eye in to create a balanced focal point. In smaller entryway spaces, mirrors are a great way to make a space feel larger, but we love using them in large entryways, too.

How to Design an Entryway

Focal-point wall decor

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Wylie Arched Mirror
Distant Distraction
Arminta Mirror

Step 5: Layer in decor and artwork

Now it’s time for the fun part! Bring your entryway look to life with functional storage pieces like textural baskets for shoes or small bowls for keys, and decorative details like candles, books, greenery, and layered art to fill it in.

How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway

Designer-favorite decor

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Castle Sketch
Aged Brass Pyramid
Barred Wood Vase

Step 6: Add seating

When it comes to seating, we say the more, the better! In an entryway, extra seating can mean a place to rest while you put shoes on or allow for guests to sit. If you have room, layering in an ottoman, a bench, or even a small settee in your entryway is a great way to add more function.

How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway
How to Design an Entryway

Our seating picks

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Daxton Settee
Reeves Chair
Medora Ottoman

This post has been updated from its original version. 

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Studio McGee
  1. this is very beautiful design. however, for those of us who have family and who lack hidden storage, how can we make an entryway both functional and beautiful?

    1. Thanks Patti! We’d go with a bigger console that has shelves and storage. If there’s any open space you can insert a large basket and store things in there!

  2. I need inspiration for entryway which is a long corridor with high ceilings?. Also any ideas on styling a wide teak root console?

  3. This is so beautiful! I’ve struggled with my entry way and what to do with it. My "entry way" has a built in bench and some storage, almost like a mudroom, but the whole area is also my living room. any suggestions on how to tie everything together?

  4. I’d love to know more about your flooring choice here (and other projects quite honestly!) Any advice/information on your choices would be appreciated!

    1. I just saw your flooring post, so I am wondering if the Cove remodel also uses hallmark flooring and if so, which style?

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