When it comes to Interior Design 101, there are universal principles that designers use to bring almost any space up to snuff in a home. As the only space every guest is guaranteed to see, your entryway is perhaps the most important space in your home – yet so often it is forgotten or neglected in the design process. Think of it as the perfect appetizer before the meal – you wouldn’t want to disappoint your guests before they get to the main course!

Luckily, because you’ve got us, you don’t need to become a professional interior designer to create a beautiful entryway. Among the many rules that designers follow to keep a home’s design on track, these three easy-to-follow rules will help you decorate an entryway that stuns as much as it welcomes.

3 Entryway Design Tips

1. Repeat after us: it’s all about storage, seating, and shoes.

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We’re firm believers that great design is just as much about function as it is about form, which means you need to take into account how you use your entryway and what your guests will need while in it. Typically this includes a place to take shoes on or off, a place to store bags/outerwear and rain gear, and a place to tuck those shoes out of sight when they’re not in use.

The great news here is that you can be really creative with how you achieve that functionality. Custom built-ins are a really beautiful and dramatic component to an entryway that adds a touch of craftsmanship and character to a home, but they can sometimes take up too much space. If you’re working with space that’s a little less accommodating, consider a reclaimed wood bench with storage tucked underneath.

2. Be bold with decor beyond the line of sight.

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Entryways are one of those rare places in a home where people will stop to look up or down at the vertical space, which makes them them the perfect place to incorporate items you otherwise might not include elsewhere in your house. Install a statement chandelier that sets the tone for your eclectic taste, and pick a colorful rug that’s both inviting and durable to use instead of a doormat.

3. No space is too small for a feature wall.

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As your guest’s first introduction to your sacred space, your entryway should speak to who you are and what you love about yourself. Feature walls are particularly important for narrow entries with an abundance of wall space. Use a large round mirror to make a space feel larger and invite more light into the space, or create a small gallery wall above a bench to direct guests toward that focal point.

 

Whether your style leans more toward rustic farmhouse or contemporary colorful, it’s easy to create an entryway that speaks to your unique style and reflects who you are. Not sure what style signals your entryway is sending? Take our style quiz to find out what style is right for you, or get matched with a designer who knows how to turn your entryway into the jaw-dropping prequel before the main event.

Featured image courtesy of Decoist.

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Where are the mirrors and bench from in the first photo?

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