Make a Grand Entrance: 17 Ways to Transform Your Home's Entryway

A home's entryway paints a portrait of both your design aesthetic and personality. Often overlooked, this area holds potential for plenty of charm. Here, 20 ideas to inspire small but significant spaces

This cute character from Anthropologie's Creature Kingdom collection (left) adds easy charm to any entryway. Heavy enough to support your handbag, it's the perfect fusion of form and function.

Get it now: Creature Kingdom Hook, $22 at Anthropologie

 

 

Update the curb appeal of your property in a flash with these sleek, brushed-nickel house numbers from Atlas Housewares. With no front-facing screws, the clean, modern-style makes obtaining an upscale look pretty effortless.

Get it now: Avalon House Numbers, $19.54 each at Atlas Housewares

 

Bring the beauty of the life right to your doorstep with this handcrafted wreath of spiraling branches adorned with mature blueberry branches and moss. The shades of purples, reds and yellows make it versatile enough to use throughout the year, indoors or out.

Get it now: Blueberry Branch Wreath, $60 at ShopTerrain.com

 

 

Allow your table lamp to double as art with this stand-out piece from Target. Why it’s great: Classic colors that are versatile enough for most color schemes, and a fun design that’s sure to add enchantment to the entryway.

Get it now: Bronze Owl Lamp, $33.59 at Target.com

 

 

A personal touch adds warmth and familiarity to any console table. This stack of books from Decades of Vintage is just one of many color schemes available. We love the neutral tones and hints of gold.

Get it now: Decorative Books, $40 at Decades of Vintage

 

 

Think outside the box when selecting a mailbox to give your doorstep a character that’s all its own. Pottery Barn’s whimsical, envelope-shaped mailbox delivers style and function and is the perfect size to hold almost anything you’re subscribed to.

Get it now: Envelope Mailbox, $49 at Pottery Barn

 

 

Discovering an attractive but affordable umbrella stand is worth a dance in the rain. This coiled rattan vase arrives with an aluminum insert to double as a home for rain-soaked umbrellas.

Get it now: Galang Floor Vase-Umbrella Stand, $59.95 at Crate and Barrel

 

 

Curate your own gallery with West Elm’s eclectic collection of mix-and-match picture frames. Embrace a variety rather than relying on a single focal point to keep the look interesting.

Get it now: Gallery Frames, from $12 at West Elm

 

 

"Your front door is the first thing people see when they visit your home, and the best place to make a statement about the home decor that's to follow inside,” says Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge. “Most homes can handle a range of options. If your home is clean and classic, a bright red, glossy navy blue or even a bright orange can be a fun way to welcome guests. If you're feeling braver, we've seen fantastic spring greens, sunshine yellows and deep emerald colors work well, too. When in doubt, a deep glossy color complimented by brass or black hardware always looks great."

Get it now: Grand Entrance high-gloss front door paint, available at Benjamin Moore

 

 

You won't need to worry about accessorizing your console table when this stunning, hammered-glass candle holder steals the show. The gentle glow crafts a welcoming ambiance where it matters most.

Get it now: Hammered Glass Pillar, $65 at Pier1 imports

 

 

The chic, gray hue of this distressed wooden piece by Beach City Creations provides a poetic solution to clutter and mail organization. We think seeing flowers on our way in and out of the house would put anyone in a good mood.

Get it now: Nautical Mail Holder with Vase, $24.95 at Beach City Creations

 

 

A mirror is essential for opening up an entryway, a home’s typically smallest area. Mirrors in the entryway also provide a pit-stop for double-takes before you head out for the day. We love the glitz of Pier1’s Gold Burst mirror, which offers a discreet way to bring light and luster into an otherwise poorly-lit area.

Get it now: Petite Gold Burst Wall Mirror, $22.95 at Pier1 imports

 

 

When working with a space that’s too small to accommodate a bench, consider adding an attractive chair. This model’s espresso-hued hardwood legs contrast nicely with its upholstery, creating a visually-pleasing seating solution for the entryway.

Get it now: Safavieh Mercer Collection Erica button-tifted side chair, $269 at Amazon

 

Bring a bit of schoolhouse charm home with Pottery Barn’s cast-iron hooks. When not holding coats and backpacks, they add understated style to doorways and landings.

Get it now: Schoolhouse Numbered Hooks, $15 at Pottery Barn

 

 

The smooth wood brim and galvanized metal details of Serena & Lily’s basket easily put it in a league of its own. The refined, polished look and roomy interior make it a must-have for tidying up newspapers and magazines by the front door.

Get it now: Seagrass Basket, $88 at Serena & Lily

 

 

A convenient spot to sit and tie shoes with a definite bonus: deep, attractive shelves for storing baskets of gloves, mittens, or packages that need to get out the door.

Get it now: Winsome Keystone Storage Bench, $74.34 at Wayfair.com

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