Your entrance. Your hallway. Your doorway. The window to your personal style and a snapshot of the life within. Instead of forgetting about your home’s entryway, invest a little effort and make a fab first impression with these entryway decorating ideas.
To help you on the path to entrance excellence, we asked Matt Blatt stylist Judyta Hulme to share her top tips to creating an entry which is practical yet full of personality, makes the most of a small space and gives guests a taste of the interior style inside.
“Besides the obvious decluttering benefits of having a designated and useful space to keep keys, hats, sunglasses and so on, furnishing your hallway, foyer or entrance is an ideal opportunity to express yourself,” says Judyta.
6 entryway decorating ideas to inspire you
1. Entryway furniture: Think cabinets & credenzas
If space isn’t an issue, you could opt for a series of mudroom-style cupboards, a roomy cabinet to keep clutter under control, a striking sideboard or cool credenza offering the ideal balance between stashed-away items and on-display decor.
2. Use consoles for hallway storage
If you don’t need concealed storage in your hallway, a console table is an awesome option to showcase a few favourite items, as well as providing a spot to sling your keys and coins. The open space beneath helps add the illusion of space, compared with a solid cabinet. If you prefer to keep your bits and pieces out of sight, opt for one with a small drawer.
3. Install hooks & shelves
If you want to forgo the serious entryway storage furniture, then look to install hooks, coat stands and shelves. They keep valuable floor space free, offer easy access and can add visual warmth and texture to the space – especially if your collection of scarves, coats and hats is worth showing off.
4. Entryway seating
Bench seating is a brilliant entryway solution; it doubles as somewhere to sit and pop on your sandals or boots, as well as a place beneath which to store shoes and baskets. Entryway bench seats also work well below a cute set of hooks or a wall-mounted shelf for a mini take on a mudroom that’ll work in smaller spaces.
5. Decorate with wall art
If you’ve opted for a credenza, sideboard or console table as the furniture in your entryway, finish off the look with a look-at-me artwork or a magnificent mirror, which will bounce light around and make the space seem larger.
6. Finish it off with luxe lighting
If your entry enjoys a high ceiling, then show it off and draw the eye upwards with a dramatic pendant light or statement chandelier.
Originally published as Entryway decorating ideas: How to elevate your entrance by Kristy Barratt. Author at realestate.com.au.