First impressions are tough, so why make them harder? Your entryway is just that. It’s people’s first impression of your home and frankly, your taste in home decor — because people judge. We judge our Bumble dates on their reproduction potential, our parents on how they raised us, and our friends on why they bought that “Live, Laugh, Love” sign that hangs in their living room. The entryway to your home is no different.
Your entryway can be more than a side table with a bowl on it for your keys right next to your front door. It can be far more functional and appealing with these design tips. Think of it as an appetizer to the rest of your home before your guests even make it to your dining room. You don’t want to give it all away upfront, but you do want to give people a taste that leaves them wanting more.
Your first step is finding the right console table to fit the space. You want something with a little height here, so avoid coffee tables. In smaller spaces you’ll need, well, a smaller table, so function is your priority. With bigger spaces, you can afford to prioritize style over function, and you can always experiment with different materials like an acrylic or wood console. Either way, you really only need four things to decorate your entryway like an interior designer: A console table (duh), some wall decor above for balance, decorative objects for the table, and something for the floor. The great thing about this small space is that it can be covered with any budget, and who doesn't love interior design on a budget?
Create the anchor. You need a focal point on the wall that everything within the space will relate to. Now, this could be several things: a round mirror, a piece of wall art, or a window, even. This will give the space a center that pulls the eye and adds visual interest. Whatever it may be, make sure its width is at least 50 percent of the length of the table if not the same.
Keep it in threes for the console table decor; groups of six might give the wrong idea. Simplicity is key. Don’t clutter the space or make it too busy. You want it to be clean — not like your junk drawer grew legs and set up camp on your entry table. If you don't want to use a table lamp and you aren't lucky enough to have a chandelier, a wall sconce might be a good option to keep the space open and light it up. Consider a small tray for your keys, maybe a pen or two, and a letter opener. Set up a vase with flowers or greenery, which can be fake or real, but who has time to keep a plant alive? Lastly, add candles. A small group of asymmetrical candles for a layering effect or one very large one can work well here. Small stacks of books could also work, if your decor vibe is more academic.
Now for the bottom floor of your design. Whether you live in a rainy place or not, one of our favorite options here is an umbrella holder. Now, remember this is for aesthetic. Don’t pick the umbrella you actually use. We all know that one's for function, definitely not style, and that it lives in the trunk of your car. Pick those cute, dainty ones that are just for that Insta photo you took to show off the rain boots you bought (for style and not for function). If your console table is a little short or has a lower shelf that makes fitting an umbrella tricky, poufs or short stools are also great here. The choice depends on the height of your tabletop. Remember, they are for show and not for extra seating. Poufs are those things that look like giant pillows, but they’re not pillows; they’re poufs. They’re also usually leather and not soft.
And for the last stop on this journey through the entryway: COLOR. Remember, this isn’t supposed to be the grande finale of your space; it’s the pre-game. So keep the colors muted and within the same color family. No one likes to be overwhelmed the second they walk into a space. Tie in accessories with a common color or choose two objects in a main color with the rest in an accent color.
Well that’s all folks. Entryway Home Design Fairy, out!