How to Make a Small Entryway Beautifully Functional
Many of us lack the large, grand foyers that grace the pages of magazines and interior decorating sites. But even if your entryway is more micro than massive, you can still create an eye-catching vestibule that is both functional and stylish. Keep scrolling to see our tips and get inspired to create your own fab foyer.
If you’ve chosen a particular theme for your home (boho, Moroccan, contemporary), make sure your entryway is aligned with that look. This doesn’t mean you can’t deviate here and there, but as the first thing people see when they walk in the door, an entryway should set the tone for the rest of the house.
Smaller spaces tend to look cluttered more easily than larger ones, so editing in the entryway is critical. It needs to be functional, so certain pieces are simply necessary (a landing pad for your keys, a place to put on your shoes, etc.). But it’s important to think about what you really, truly need in the space, and stick to it. Besides, a neat, organized entryway is much nicer to look at when you first walk in the door than piles of stuff. To keep things from looking too boring, add a punch of pattern with a pillow.
A small entryway should be kept as simple and tidy as possible, but don’t sacrifice function. Hooks, wall-mounted shelving, and baskets or bowls are all great ways to house your jackets, bags, keys, and other everyday items while still maintaining a sense of order.
The entryway is the perfect place to make a statement, even if it’s on the small side. You can easily make space for your shoes, extra blankets, and other decorative items by taking a layered approach adding storage baskets or boxes and keeping things cohesive. If you’re going for a more rustic look, use different types of wood, natural materials like rattan, and some greenery. It’s okay to have a myriad of elements in one space, as long as a common theme keeps things unified.
When working with a smaller space, you may not always have a clear demarcation separating the entryway from the rest of the house. But fret not! Using a bold tile adds a layer of interest, grounds the room, and clearly defines the foyer as a separate zone. If you don’t want to commit to something semi-permanent like a tile, use a rug instead.
Glass and Lucite console tables were made for small spaces. These pieces enable you to keep things light and airy—critical for more-cramped spots like a small entryway. Plus, they add a somewhat glam, modern touch. Also consider incorporating reflective materials like mirrors to bounce light around the room and give the effect of a larger space.
If glass isn’t quite your bag, feel free to go with a thin wood piece. Wood is an inherently heavy material, so make sure the surface is on the narrower side, and opt for a piece with slimmer legs and open space underneath to keep the space feeling open. (Added bonus: It’s a great spot to stow baskets for additional storage.)