We may associate springtime with cleaning, but we think that striving for a more organized home is always a good idea—no matter the season. And what better place to start the decluttering and styling processes than in the entryway? After all, it is the space that sets the tone of your home. The first step of creating a beautiful entryway is purchasing a console or table for your keys, mail, gloves, and about a million other things you'll want to put down the second you walk through the door. Step two is styling the table, and we tapped New York interior designer Ariel Okin for her expert tips.
Meet the Expert
Ariel Okin is an interior designer with a star-studded client list. The most recent celebrity to enlist Okin's talents was Girls creator and star, Lena Dunham.
Whether your style is traditional, feminine, modern, or anything in between, these 10 entry table décor ideas will inspire you to transform your space.
Incorporate a Touch of Greenery
Place a potted plant on your entry table to add an organic element to your space. To balance out the height of your plant, add a candelabra on the other end of the table. Okin says, "Living things always make a house feel like a home—they are a thoughtful gesture that shows someone lives here."
Utilize Smart Storage
If you live in a studio and are short on space, opt for a piece of furniture with built-in storage so you can display decorative items on its surface and use the cabinets and drawers for the items you don't necessarily want to show the world. "This is the best way to minimize clutter in high-traffic areas!" Okin admits. Knick knacks from your travels or growing collections are great objects to arrange on your console.
Hang a Mirror
"Everyone likes to get one last glance in before heading out the door. Plus, mirrors reflect light and make a space feel bigger," Okin suggests. We love a classic large round mirror, so it should come as no surprise that we're recommending it to spice up your entry table. Let the mirror shine and keep everything else simple. An oversized vase, a curated stack of books, and a few other decorative items make for perfect complements to the star of the space.
I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to tchotchkes in my home, but for someone who wants an immaculate, well-edited look, choose a color palette that riffs on the rest of the house.
Aim for Balance
If you're not quite sure what to do with your décor, try to create a somewhat symmetrical vignette in your entryway. "Symmetry isn't as important as overall balance. Pair a heavier coffee table book or a decorative box, for example, with a lighter vase or a thinly rimmed brass mirror. The dichotomy is what makes interiors really interesting," Okin adds.
Keep the Colors Consistent
When you're curating your space, choose a color scheme that you want to come home to every day. Then, edit your entryway accordingly. Small piles of books are an easy way to incorporate your color palette of choice. "I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to tchotchkes in my home, but for someone who wants an immaculate, well-edited look, choose a color palette that riffs on the rest of the house," Okin advises.
Opt for a "More Is More" Approach
Okin warns, "Be judicious in what you choose, but if you love all the pieces, it will show. Your personality will also shine through the assortment. I always prefer a tiny bit of kitsch!" Let this entryway inspire you to embrace your inner maximalist. Use your entry table to prominently display the treasured items you want to see as soon as you walk through the door at the end of a long day. Don't worry about whether or not they go together or fit a specific look; the more, the merrier.
A statement-making lamp livens up this on-trend entryway. Complete with gilded home accessories, this entry boasts just the right amount of glamor without veering into gaudy territory. "Materials like brass, lucite, leather, and marble always turn up the glam factor in a decidedly 'Hollywood Regency' space," Okin says.
Explore Your Dark Side
As far as we're concerned, this moody entryway is a perfect reason to experiment with darker colors. The curated black, gold, and gray color scheme keeps the entry table décor cohesive without competing with the bold wallpaper. "A gorgeous dark statement wallpaper can always do the trick to make the entryway more interesting," Okin suggests. If wallpaper may be a bit too much for your space, try a dark paint color instead.
Try a Clear Look
Make the most of a small space with an acrylic entryway table. Decorate it with a colorful vase, a few books, and a great-smelling candle to keep the vignette simple. "Lucite and acrylic tables sort of just disappear wherever you put them, so if you're trying to create the illusion of more space, they're always a good bet in that scenario," Okin offers.
Okin instructs, "Keep the palette clean and monochrome and the accessories to a minimum to achieve this sleek, palette-cleansing vibe." This Scandinavian-inspired entryway makes us want to pare down our entryway to just the bare necessities. A modern lamp, a stack of reading materials, and a bit of greenery are all you really need to style a statement-making space.