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How to create a welcoming entryway

Welcome!

Your home’s entryway is the first greeting you give your guests.  Is yours warm and welcoming, or just a space to get through as quickly as possible?

Since the entry is usually a small space, it can be easy to decorate and show off a little of your personal style.  You can also make it much more functional with a few smart furniture choices.

I updated the entryway in my own house with a simple console table, and a new light fixture. Then I added some personal touches.

Read on to see how to create a welcoming entry, that says something special about you.

Greet Houseguests with a Welcoming Entryway

If you have a bare entryway in your home, you don’t have to go overboard with decorating.  Start simply, and add what suits you.

These are some easy entryway ideas you can copy to add a warm welcome to your home.

A Blank Canvas

Here’s a photo of my entryway shortly after I moved in. I popped a mirror up on the wall (always handy for checking your appearance before leaving the house), and had a blank space begging for a little personality.

Home entryway needs furniture
A cold and empty entryway, ready for a personal touch.

Finding the Right Furniture

You don’t need a lot of furniture in the entryway.  You might want a table to have a place to set down mail or keys, or show off a few mementos.  And maybe you’ll want a chair or a bench were people can remove their shoes.

For my home, I was lucky to find a console table at a thrift store.  It was originally an old mid-century style display cabinet with faux wood finish.  The glass doors were missing and it wasn’t much to look at, but it was the perfect size for my space.  I refinished it with a satin black paint, and it looks like it was always meant to be there.

Entry console
A console table and new light can add warmth to your entry.

Now I have a spot to display a few personal things that add style and meaning to the space.

If you don’t have the patience (or luck) to hunt through thrift stores, I’ve compiled some great sources for affordable entryway console tables here.

It’s important to know the dimensions of your space before you go shopping for furniture.  You don’t want the entry furniture to crowd the hallway, or block access to doors or steps.

Moravian Star Light Fixture
Change out your boring light fixture for something special, like this Moravian Star light.

I also updated the light fixture in my entryway.  The Moravian Star light adds a ton of unique interest to the space.  Isn’t it much, much better than the generic ceiling mounted fixture that was there before?

One tip about the light, though.  Mine hangs down a little too far, and tall people have to be careful not to hit their heads on it.  Just thought I’d mention it, so you don’t make a similar mistake.

Welcoming home entryway
With just a table and a new light fixture, you can make your entryway feel special.

Adding Personality

So, what should you put in your entryway?

Whatever you want. You can make it mainly functional, with coat hooks, a tray for keys, and a place to take off your shoes.

Or, you can make it a little more stylish.  The entry console is the perfect place to put a few things that show off your personal story.  You’ll walk through the entry regularly, and enjoy the memories of friends, places, or experiences associated with the items on display.

Since I have a coat closet in my entryway, my table is more style than function.  It usually holds family photo albums and a few mementos.  Everything on display has personal meaning.

Entryway console table
Display items that have meaning to you in your entryway.

I’m also frequently changing out the decor in my entry.  It’s fun to update the entryway with the seasons.

In the summer, I often have a bouquet of flowers.  For holidays, like Halloween or Christmas, I create a little holiday display.  It’s easy to make a big impact in this small space.

Small changes, big difference

With just a few small changes, you can make a big difference in your entryway, and create a warm welcome for your guests.

Use a table to display a few things that show off your personal style.  Change out a light fixture to something that feels special.

Turn that small, overlooked space into a pretty spot you enjoy.


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