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10 Inviting Entryway Decor Ideas

Whether your entryway is large or small, there are some simple things you can do to make it more functional and inviting. Here's a look at 10 entryway decor ideas to make your entry space work better for you and your family.

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Hang a Mirror

A mirror is a great addition to any entryway because it not only brightens the space, it can also make a small space feel larger. Plus, you’ll be able to check your teeth for spinach right before you walk out the door.

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Use Wall Hooks

If you’re short on space, wall hooks are your best friends. Hang jackets, bags, dog leashes, backpacks and other outdoor gear up and off the floor. These wooden hooks are made from walnut and can hold up to 30 pounds.

If your entryway is littered with shoes and jackets, purses and book bags, this simple bench and matching shelf might be just what you need.

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Provide Seating

An entryway bench is a smart idea because not only does it offer people a spot to sit and put their shoes on, many benches also offer hidden storage space. If you don’t have room for a full bench, try adding a chair or a small shoe bench.

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Paint it Purple

You want your entryway to make a great first impression, so paint it a fun color. “Painting it an unexpected color, like lavender, signals a fun-loving approach to decorating that’s as warm and welcoming as you standing there with a couple of cocktails at the ready,” notes One Kings Lane, a home design and furnishing company. Try the Sherwin-Williams color, Hyacinth Tint, a lavender with notes of gray and blue.

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Shine a Light

Make sure your entryway includes a light source. A lamp will offer a welcoming glow that’s easy to switch on when you walk in the door. If you have a hanging light in the entryway, make sure the fixture is high enough that tall guests won’t have to watch their heads. A new light fixture can change the look of a room.

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Define the Space with a Rug

A rug not only comes in handy as a spot for guests to wipe their feet, but it can help define the space if your entryway is large or open to the rest of the home. Make sure your entryway rug is easy to clean, since it will see a lot of foot traffic. Ruggable offers 3×5 rugs—a great size for most entryways—that are machine washable.

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Utilize Wall-Mounted Shelves

When it comes to great entryway decor ideas, wall shelves are a logical choice. Not only do they provide a catch-all place for small items such as keys, coins and mail, they also function as decoration. Use wall shelves to display a favorite photo or plant to brighten up your entryway. This shelf and magnetic key holder looks great and is highly functional. And, it is five-star rated, with lots of photos from happy customers showing how it looks in their home.

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Add Personality

The entryway is a great spot to show off your personality and give guests an idea of your personal style. Hang some favorite pieces of art or photos, have a potted plant or prop up a welcoming sign in a bright color.

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Add a Table

If you have the space, add a console table or a short stack of cubbies in your entryway for some extra storage. If you don’t have room for a console table, a small end table will give you a spot to set your things down while you get settled. If you do have room, build this entryway clutter-busting storage locker and organizer. 

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Don’t Forget Seasonal Decor

Change up the look of your entryway regularly with seasonal decor. Try seasonal wreaths, festive wall decor or even a small tree decorated for the upcoming holiday. For more ideas, check out how to decorate for Christmas.

Rachel Brougham
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