Before and After: How to Style an Entryway

by on Mar 18, 2014

A white wall has hanging decor and a bike in front of it.Brittni Mehlhoff

Decorating an entryway can be a challenge because it’s typically a smaller space, without a whole lot of purpose. There are five quick fixes though, that you can implement in an afternoon, to turn a forgotten entryway into an inviting space that welcomes guests as they enter your home. You won’t even need a gallon of paint. This mini makeover is paint free. Check it out.      

Few pictures on the wall in a corner and two hats with a purse hangingBrittni Mehlhoff

By adding a few things here and there, you can transform your entryway into a welcoming landing zone where guests can take off their coat and stay a while.

Here are five tips for creating an inviting entryway in your home.

1. Have a place to sit. Having a place to sit down and take off or put on your shoes is always a good idea. There are some really cool options out there for benches to buy, like this Nelson bench, but you can also DIY a similar bench in a couple of hours.

"Hats, wallet and frame is hanging on the wall."Brittni Mehlhoff

2. Have a place to store things. In this case, I used a colorful hanging system as a place to keep purses, accessories, coats, etc. You could just as easily add decorative bins though, under a bench to keep things tidy and organized if you need more storage.

"Entryway is with plant pot and wall frames."Brittni Mehlhoff

3. Hang artwork. Artwork adds dimension to any space, so I always recommend it. You can even make your own if you don’t have anything on hand. Or add a mirror to make a smaller entryway feel larger.

Potted plant near the frame.Brittni Mehlhoff

4. Bring in plants. Houseplants are a great, inexpensive way to add a decorative element to a room. They take up space, which means you’ll have less decorating to do, and tend to make a room feel more finished or put together, without a lot of fuss. 

"Entryway with plants,caps and frames."Brittni Mehlhoff

5. Don’t forget to add some personality. Entryways and landing areas do not have to be all about function. So, be sure to infuse a little bit of your personality into this space as well, whether that means colorful baskets for potted plants, personalized artwork, etc.

Mixture of picture frames on a white wallBrittni Mehlhoff

"Living room with photo frames and decorative items."Brittni Mehlhoff

"An Entryway is with cycle after makeover is with table,hat,frames and plant."Brittni Mehlhoff

Have your own entryway tips or tricks to share? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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