10 Ideas for a Fabulous and Functional Entryway

Get inspired to create an entryway space that truly says, welcome home.


Thinking about redecorating? Why not start with your entryway? We’re firm believers that it’s among the most important spots in the house.

For one, it’s the first impression guests will have of your home. And even more importantly, it’s the space that will greet you everyday when you walk in your door. Entries are also a great place to play with design, since they’re typically small and not heavily furnished (a.k.a. easy to change). So, what makes for a well-designed foyer? To us, it’s finding that happy medium between organization and style. If you’re feeling inspired to give your entryway a makeover, here are 10 ideas that are fabulous, and functional, too.

1_circleHave a tendency to lose things? Add tacks to a painted pinboard for the perfect place to hang your keys.

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2_circle Short on closet space? Install a few coat hooks near the door for easy and organized access to your outerwear.

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3_circleA clock and a mirror are entryway staples, but bright and cheerful versions make this area the epitome of pretty and practical.


4_circleFrom last-minute love notes to daily to-do lists, you’ll find plenty of uses for a by-the-door blackboard.

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5_circleTake advantage of a small space by using it to test out a bold paint color or patterned wallpaper.

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6_circleFor tight entryways, a bench is a must. It creates a streamlined seating area and a spot for storage underneath.

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7_circleStart the day on a positive note by hanging inspirational artwork by the door.

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8_circleWe love this creative use of space, which turns a coat closet into a makeshift mudroom.

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Photo: houseofsmiths.com

9_circleWhat better way to be welcomed home than by your favorite family photos?

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10_goldWhen the weather doesn’t call for coats, use hooks to display favorite art and objects, baskets of flowers or seasonal decor.


Photo: thelilypadcottage.com

(For more inspiring ideas for your foyer or mudroom, stop by our “Make an Entrance” event starting Saturday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. EST).