Make an Entrance In 2023 With These 16 Designer-Loved Entryway Decor Ideas

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WORDS BY Melissa Tempest

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Published on June 13, 2023

What’s the best way to make an entrance, so to speak, with design? By sprucing up your entryway of course. And specifically, we want to talk about transforming blank walls into a statement welcome. You only get one shot to make a first impression, so we’re not exaggerating when we say that a great entryway — including the wall decor — will set the style tone for your whole home.

So whether it’s a foyer up front, a mudroom around back, or an apartment alcove, you want (scratch that, you deserve) an entrance that “rises up to meet you,” as Oprah so aptly put it. After all, there’s more to designing a great entry than just topping a console with a few trinkets and a lamp.

Ahead, we’re sharing 16 stylish entryway wall decor ideas alongside overall tips and inspiration for a warm welcome home. And while these ideas are perfectly fine on their own, feel free to mix and match to suit your style and space.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #1: Style a Table

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If you have more of a stairway foyer situation, bring in a slim pedestal table and curate an eye-catching vignette. A simple floral arrangement, stacked books, and elegant taper candles make a decorative statement while still leaning understated and classic.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #2: Wallpaper

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ICYMI: wallpaper is back, and we love the idea of embracing a statement print in a small space, like an entryway. Add a pop of texture with rattan wall sconces, and round out the design-forward look with a pop of color (whether via bright florals, eye-catching ottomans, or both).

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #3: Mount a Wall Shelf

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Need a storage moment that still feels tasteful, personal, and decorative? Add a slim wall-mounted shelf in your entryway and layer it with books, travel mementos, artwork, candles, and stylish storage boxes (a la Havenly designer Brady Burke). This is an especially handy hack if you have a small home or apartment — always take advantage of vertical wall space!

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #4: Mix & Match Patterns

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Small spaces are the perfect spot to experiment with bold pattern and color. Consider mixing and matching playful patterns — like a graphic animal print and a soft floral — for a dynamic, interesting entryway moment. Finish the look with a catch-all table and foraged florals.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #5: Keep it Simple

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Sometimes, less is more. If you have stunning architectural features in your home, like an ornate wood staircase and eye-catching trim, let those design elements shine in your entryway. Here, the staircase is highlighted with bold black paint, and the tonal light fixture draws the eye up to the beautiful crown moulding.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #6: Go High-Contrast

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If your style leans minimal and understated, play with contrast in your entryway to make a statement without veering bold. The above two-tone cane and black console, for example, feels just a touch dramatic. Finish the look with a large statement art print and a verdant potted plant.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #7: Hidden Storage

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We love a practical and stylish design moment. Add sleek hidden storage to your entryway with customizable storage ottomans, and finish the look with an off-center art print, oversized vase, and fresh florals. The look is simple, tasteful, and incredibly functional.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #8: Create a Vignette

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This one comes straight out of the designer’s handbook 101. A sure way to transform your entryway wall decor is to group small decorative objects to create a larger visual moment. Start with a large hanging mirror on the wall, and create more depth and dimension by layering in a small vase, picture frame, and coffee table books in front. It’s about creating a connection between the wall and the tabletop that will bring a more polished look to your entryway.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #9: Layer Statement Artwork

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Art is always a great conversation starter and hanging pieces on the wall behind a console table adds both height and interest. Find two to three prints in different sizes – but similar color palettes – and layer them against the wall to create contrast. While you’re at it, pair them with a mix of high and low objects for a varied look.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #10: Go Vintage

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Looking for a more original take on your entryway wall decor? Scout local antique or thrift stores for truly one-of-a-kind finds. An heirloom mirror or vintage piece of art adds both history and character to this impression-making space. Pair with modern decor for a layered and lived in feel (words we live by).

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #11: Add Lighting

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Illuminating your space is key to creating a cozy, inviting vibe. Layering in a lamp to your console table is a great place to start. But for an elevated entryway wall decor, mount sconces on either side of artwork or a mirror. It will give your space a *literal* glow up.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #12: Hang Your Wardrobe

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Add a couple of hooks for hats, coats, and scarves to layer in functional texture. We’re always big fans of making everyday objects play double design duty, like a stylish flat brimmed hat (adds these pictured to wishlist). Plus, it really weaves in personality and makes your entryway look like you.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #13: Use Elongated Branches

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Go outside the norm and transform your entryway wall decor by adding a vase filled with elongated branches to your console or pedestal table. OK, so not really wall decor. But using greenery is an organic and inspiring way to draw the eye up and take up wall space. You can use dried stems for longevity, or bonus points for foraging branches from your own backyard.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #14: Go All Out With a Gallery Wall

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For larger entryways, consider incorporating a gallery wall to showcase your personality with a curated collection of artwork. Feel free to mix and match frames, styles, and sizes, but always remember to source within your overarching color palette for a cohesive vibe.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #15: Weave in Natural Accents

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While organic textures are really having a moment, they’ve long been a designer staple. There’s no better way to connect the outside world to your entryway than by adding natural accents to your walls, whether a rattan mirror, woven tapestry, or wall baskets. Pair with plenty of greenery to really bring nature indoors.

Entryway Wall Decor Idea #16: Lean a Large Mirror

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If you have the space for it, a floor-length leaning mirror can really sing in your entryway. Not only does it add a sophisticated scene to your space, it reflects natural light making your entrance seem both bigger and brighter, and allows you to do a quick wardrobe check on your way out to date night. 

Find even more great styling ideas when you match with your own personal interior designer — take our Style Quiz to get started today!

Words by Melissa Tempest