Is your entry an afterthought? It's understandable that it can get overlooked with so many other spaces to consider throughout your home. But, as the first space your guests see when they arrive (and the last when they leave), your entry is crying out for a little attention. Style it right and it could be one of the most impactful spaces in your house.
"The best entry halls make a strong statement and set the style for what's to come," said Elle Décor.
Not sure where to start? Consider these seven ideas.
Bring on the color
Even if the rest of your home sticks to a simpler palette, the small space of an entryway can be a perfect spot to load up on bold color. This apartment "has a yellow color scheme running throughout," said House Beautiful. "In the entry, stools covered in a purple velvet, Romo's Zola, next to heirloom chairs covered in Designers Guild's Varese make for an unexpected combination of colors that grabs attention right away."
Make it a work space
You don't have to have a spare room to create a home office space. Just fashion your hall with a parsons table or a simple desk and tuck a chair (or two) underneath. When not in use as your workspace, it's a stylish entry setup.
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Incorporate an entry bench
Many people think "entry" and immediately go out and buy a table, with a large mirror above. But going with a low bench instead gives you wall space galore to do something special. In this spirited entry, a unique wallpaper pattern, a trio of molded mirrors, bold, graphic pillows, and a vase of fresh flowers give the space pop.
Add some storage
If you're short on storage space and need to make every inch count, a storage bench might be the answer. Not only is it an inviting way to design an entry, but it can also neatly house jackets and backpacks, extra blankets and pillows, kids' art supplies, or anything you don't have space for elsewhere.
If it's shoes you're looking to organize, a storage piece like this could be the answer. It hides the shoes inside and gives you a surface to showcase some of your knickknacks.
Bring in a unique antique
Make your entry memorable with a unique piece that does double duty. The industrial feel of this of this vintage Dutch steel console creates an eye-popping first impression in this Park Avenue apartment. And check out all the drawers and cabinets! Set against the Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue walls, the overall look is unexpected, which is what makes it so great.
Add a striking piece of art
You don't necessarily need a mirror in your entry - especially if you enter and exit the house through your garage door and only head to the front door when guests arrive. Instead, hang a great piece of art that will get your visitors' attention the second they walk in. We also love the extra seating that gives you a "landing" space near the front door.
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Or, turn your entry into a gallery wall
We love how the width of the bench matches the width of the photo grid.