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10 Ways to Make a Great Entryway First Impression


Making a first impression for your home is important and entryway decor can help you succeed. The entryway is a space of great use and importance but sometimes it is underestimated. We put all our energy into the living room and dining area but clearly the entry hall or foyer is the first space that we see when we come home and where we welcome all our guests. Thus, if you want to make a good first impression and also enjoy your home the moment you get in, this is the space to focus on. Here are the top tips for entryway decorations that will wow your guests!

Entryway Decorating Ideas

FirsTime & Co. Grandview Arched Window Mirror, 37.5"H x 24"W, Weathered Brown

There isn’t a typical kind of entryway.  Call it entryway, hallway, entry hall, foyer, mudroom, entry or entrance, style and name often depends on the size of the room and the arrangement of space. An entry hall can be a separate room or a small space by the entrance door or even a part of the living room. Whatever the size or the name, the Decorilla team is fortunate enough to work with savvy designers who know just the right entryway decorating ideas and tips to make entryways that impress. Here are a few.

1. Create Wow Factor With Entryway Decor

Surprise your guests with entryway decor that they don’t expect to see at the hallway or with something that is really catchy and impressing. This can be a large chandelier, an extra large wall art piece or a glamorous large floor mirror. The “wow” feeling can be also created with more permanent choices such as a wallpaper or interesting floor tiles. This is the room where you can be risky and make some noise!

2. Light It Up With Entryway Decor

Black Chandeliers Globe Crystal Chandelier Lighting Farmhouse Lighting Fixtures 1 Light 17045

 Pendant lighting, lamps and sconces are absolutely necessary in the entrance but can also serve as entryway decor creating a special lighting atmosphere. You can have a chandelier or pendant, a table lamp, a floor lamp, sconces or even a combination of these. A nice ceiling light can always be the answer when you want to impress. For example, a large chandelier can give a dramatic feel to the space, especially when you have a double height entry hall. You can have the same impact even in normal height spaces with a pendant or with a flush mount/ flush mount fixture.

3. Make Your Entryway Personal & Welcoming


Wall Decal Decor Clock Family Photos

This is mostly for you and then for your guests. It is nice when you get into your house and it feels like home. A favorite item, a written quote, a frame with a family photo or a gallery wall with family photos (why not?) can make your entrance very personal and homey. As for your guests, they may not appreciate the photo of your wedding that much, but they will sure find other things cozy and inviting. You can try small and comfy pillows on the bench and some flowers in a vase and the whole room will feel welcoming.

 4. Keep Your Entryway Decor Organized

Bench,3-Tier Bamboo Shoe Organizer

This the A to Z thing that you should have in mind when selecting entryway decor. An organized space is always welcoming and inviting even when not being decorated. If you have clutter, think clever and add some storage to hide it! It is important that you have space to store shoes, bags, coats, umbrellas and anything else you need to take with you when you go outside. This way, you will be able to find them easily, while at the same time your guests will not see a mess when they get in. You can have a storage bench or some good looking baskets, a cabinet or even a closet.

5. How To Decorate Your Entryway With Seating


Modern Chic Stylish Hand Tufted Armless Settee Bench

Not every entry hall has enough space for a seating area but when they do, it is great! Practical for those living in the house and inviting for those visiting. Usually we prefer benches because they don’t need much space but if you have some extra square feet, an accent chair or a love seat would look amazing and add some personality to the room.

6. Be Bold & Colorful With Your Decor

Don’t be afraid to use bold colors and colors in general. This is one of our design experts’ favorite entryway decorating ideas. Neutrals are great and can be really amazing, but the entry of your house is the perfect area to try something different. Since you will not spend too much time in the room, you will not get bored or overwhelmed. You can even paint a wall red or have a colorful wallpaper with a bold pattern! Nothing is forbidden.

7. How To Decorate Your Entryway With Greenery

You have to add some greenery in the entrance and to other rooms too. Not only because green is the color of the year, but for many other reasons. A plant cannot fail any room. Having something alive and organic goes a long way. Plants make a blah space look stunning and fresh because of the green leaves. Bring nature into your home and it will match everything.

8. Try Unique Entryway Decorating Ideas

Entryway Table with Retro Metal Frame

 It is not easy to think outside the box for entryway decor. A console table, a table lamp, a mirror, a gallery wall, a bench. We have seen it all. Try to make something from scratch for uniqueness. Re-purpose an old item or give a vintage look to your grandmother’s old console table. You can even try making a sculpture or a DIY construction. These kinds of things will change the entrance atmosphere completely and also make you feel proud for yourself.

9. Bring In The Runners


Front Door Rug Carpet

Flooring is one thing but the rugs is another. Rugs are absolutely necessary in high traffic areas and can make a large impact to the space. Depending on the shape of the room, we either use runners or round rugs as an awesome accent. (Tip: Prefer indoor/outdoor rugs because they are more durable.) From traditional to modern, from Moroccan kilims to transitional geometric patterns, rugs can make a statement. Sometimes you really don’t even need anything else to decorate!

10. Rock Your Entryway Decor With A Rack (or Hooks!)


Wooden wall hooks

All the above are meant to inspire you and get you motivated to decorate your entryway. You can try one, two or more entryway decor at the same time and impress all your family and friends.


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