Smart and Functional Entryway Design Ideas

A neat, well-organized, and beautiful entryway will make any home feel more inviting. Sadly, it’s typically the most overlooked area in the home – treated as an afterthought and rarely shown some design love.

There is no shortage of ideas to spruce up your entryway. Whether guests are welcomed with a nice bouquet of blooms, an elegant space with a glistening chandelier, or a comfortable area with warm wooden floors, your home’s entryway sets the tone for the rest of your house.

It’s very rare that you get a second chance to make a great first impression. Check out these entryway design ideas to make the area that welcomes you home – as well as your guests – warm and welcoming as any other part of your house.


Lighting can play a huge part in setting the tone. Many people want their entryway to feel airy, welcoming, and bright, instead of dark and dim. If you feel the same and you do not have a lot of natural light coming through your windows, you can use lighting – whether it’s a floor lamp, a table lamp, a hanging light fixture – or a combination of the three, to produce the same effect.

Accent rugs

Define your entryway space with a big, striking rug. You want to choose something that is dark and durable enough to handle the dust and dirt from outside, but also stylish enough to create a statement. Do not forget to have fun with your selection, and do not be shy when it comes to experimenting with different colors, textures, and patterns.


Successfully complement a smaller area by putting a narrow entryway console or table against the wall. This will serve not only as a practical, functional area to set down your belongings, but also presents an opportunity for you to add a few decorative touches. You may choose to bring an element of the outdoors to your home’s entrance by adding a vase with fresh blooms or some dogwood or olive branches. Or spruce the table with picture frames or books – anything that suits your home’s style and theme.


If your family or guests have a nice spot to put their things when they arrive, it will be a breeze to find them before they leave your home. Put a coat hanger, set out a shoe rack, or a chair, or consider leaving a few decorative dishes for cash, keys, and other small objects.


Mirrors not only add depth to your décor, but it’s also another wonderful way to show off your style. Mirrors also have the ability to make your space appear bigger than it actually is. As a bonus, a mirror in your entryway lets you take another look at your outfit before you step out of the house!

Personalize it

Make your house feel like a home as soon as you step in by capturing your unique personality through your home décor. Hang your favorite quotes, frame family photos, and incorporate all the patterns, colors, and accents that make you happy!

Did any of these entryway design ideas catch your interest? Explore Hogan Homes’ portfolio of beautiful model homes to help you in designing a space that impresses your guests every time they step into your home.


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