Entryways can be a bit of a forgotten area when it comes to decorating, but it’s the first impression that visitors get of your home, so it’s worth the time to make sure it feels welcoming (and cohesive) with the rest of your home design. And when you add some sneaky (and stylish!) organizational elements to the area, it becomes a highly functional space as well rather than just a pass through.
When we moved into this house last fall, the entryway had a tile floor that was breaking away from the underfloor beneath it, a bifold closet door that was too tall for the closet opening (so they just leaned it against the door), and lighting fixtures and hardware that were very dated (and mismatched!). So the space really felt like it needed some cohesion and purpose.
Since the space is directly next to our dining room and living area, I wanted to make sure the colors and feel of the entryway also flowed into those rooms as well and gave a little preview of the rest of the house. I thought about doing a fun wallpaper (like Elsie did in her entryway), but I ended up with a solid color paint choice (for now anyway!).
The earlier space had outdated fixtures, mismatched switch plates, a broken closet door, and just needed an overall tuneup to feel fresh. We added a new sputnik light fixture and a more modern brass entryway doorknob set along with a coat of paint for the front door (Bubble Shell by Behr) and painted the walls a soft pink (Soft Stone by Valspar).
Besides the paint, the biggest change came when we took out the poorly installed tile that was coming up on its own (you can even see in the before photo how they don’t line up flat with each other) and added in a white oak floor instead. It took a ton of extra time as we ran into a bunch of problems, but it’s so pretty and we love it.
Having that organizational wall shelf with hooks is one of my favorite things in the space! It’s big enough to keep a letter holder for mail (I love this marble and gold one), a planter that I use to hold sunglasses, a small dish for loose keys, and anything else I want to keep near the door.
And, the hooks on the bottom are perfect for hanging hats and purses as well. Here’s a smaller (and more budget-friendly) version and I love this gold and white hook rack if you just want hooks or don’t have a full coat closet for coats.
We still love and use the mid-century modern IKEA kitchen that I made over for Lola when she was little. It looks so cute under the shelf and I feel like it’s the first thing that kids go to when they come into the house since it’s in the entryway—it lets them know this is a kid house and we’ve got fun things to play with!
Reasons to focus on styling and organizing your entryway:
- It’s the “first impression” to your home. Let the style give a preview of what to expect in the rest of the house.
- It’s the perfect area to organize items related to leaving/entering the home (shoes, mail, keys, etc.).
- It can also serve as a miscellaneous storage area for items that don’t relate to other specific parts of the home (i.e., “junk drawers” or lesser used items).
I finally framed the watercolor painting that Lola made with my mom soon after we moved into this home. I know I have favorite pieces of art I made when I was little and I think this is going to be one of her most special ones. It makes me so happy!
While getting an actual door on our closet (nine months after moving in) was a big deal, it felt so good to rebuild the shelves in the closet and add a new rod to make the space more functional as well.
Getting a shoe rack was super helpful (I also like this wood one and this white version) and lots of containers to store things like gift wrap, outdoor supplies, and baskets to hold more random home things like extension cords was super helpful.
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This wall and corner was kind of a nothing space, but I wanted it to be a welcoming visual since it’s the wall that you see when you first open the door for visitors. We squared off and trimmed out that rounded entry into the dining room to match the rest of the throughways in the home and it made me feel so much better to have that lopsided kind-of-an-arch look symmetrical and finished.
I love this console table that we chose for the space, as it’s slim enough to not take up a ton of space but the top is perfect for holding trays for loose items (like a brass tray or brass platter and hand dish) and some plants and decorative items. How cute is that pink princess phone!?
The four drawers are also a great spot for some miscellaneous organization as we have our “junk drawer” in one of them (everyone has that drawer with pens/tools/calculators/stamps and whatnot, right?) and the rest have things like cloth napkins or clean masks that I want to keep near the door (hopefully, I won’t need those forever though!). This is a pretty wood console table if you wanted something a little simpler.
I love that I have shelves, drawers, hooks, a hanging rod, racks, and bins to keep our entryway organized and feeling neat as we come in and out of our space. I feel like this is such a welcoming and fresh way to say hello to visitors, and I like that I can decorate the console table area seasonally as well to add some holiday cheer to the front of our home.
Want more tips on styling your entryway?
- 3 tips for styling your entryway
- See how Mandi made over her charming entryway
- Not sure what your style is yet? Check out this podcast to help determine your style
- Here’s our favorite organization items to get your life in order
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Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.