A Quick Guide To Entryway Styling

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WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on October 24, 2016

You know the saying, “You only get one chance at a good first impression?” Well, that’s especially true when it comes to our homes. And that might be one of the biggest reasons we love decorating entryways – because they establish a home’s personality.  So, why not spruce up your entryway before the holidays usher in their hoards of trick-or-treaters, in-laws and close friends in and out of your home? While your guests gather in the foyer to remove their shoes, we’ve gathered up a few tips to help you put your best foot forward.

Bring some of this entryway splendor into your own home with our shoppable looks at the bottom of this blog post!

Entryway Decorating Tip #1: Decorate Boldly

An entryway is a contained area, so don’t be afraid to use that bold rug or statement-making accent chair you’ve been eyeing for ages. (We have all the heart-eye emojis for this plum tufted ottoman!) Have you been wanting to try a graphic wallpaper in your home? Here is your chance!

Entryway Decorating Tip #2: Let Your Personality Shine

Use the entryway to display some of your favorite artifacts, photos, or even your favorite scented candle. Use a collection of books to display your one-of-a-kind accessories, or consider layering your favorite pieces of artwork as a teaser for what’s to come in the rest of your home.

Entryway Decorating Tip #3: Don’t Overthink It

We like to design an entry with a simple console as a base to balance a mix of other playful, artistic elements. Position the primary furniture piece (often a console, chest, or bench) so that it acts as a focal point when you enter your home. This could mean that it is centered with the doorway, aligned with the main staircase, or even positioned off to one side as a landing zone for your day-to-day knick knacks.

Entryway Decorating Tip #4: Break Rules

Here at Havenly, we love any reason to break the traditional design “rules.” In entryways, the general rules of symmetry need not apply. We love to use a mirror or large framed art to anchor the space centered over the console to hold and tie everything together, but aside from those items, anything goes! Visual balance is achieved by mixing shapes, colors, patterns… you name it!

Purple Entryway Look

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Neutral Entryway Look


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