13 Small Entryway Decorating Ideas That Make a Big First Impression

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Sara Tramp; DESIGN: Jess Bunge for Emily Henderson Design

If there's one topic we'll never tire of; it's small-space interior design. Given the amount of ink we've spilled on the subject, it's safe to assume we're always searching for inspired ways to make the most of any space with minimal square footage, from the living room to the dining room to the bedroom to, of course, the entryway.

"Small entryways can be tricky, so take advantage of your walls," advises Jessica Bunge, editorial director at Emily Henderson Design. "There are a ton of affordable and stylish hooks and hook rails on the market to hang your jackets and bags. A floating shelf is perfect for throwing your keys and mail on, and also adding a wall mirror is not only great for the last. Do I look presentable? Check, but it will make your space feel bigger and brighter. Making holes in walls is scary, but I promise it is so worth it." Needless to say, we couldn't agree with Bunge more.

Scroll on for 13 small entryway decorating ideas guaranteed to make a big first impression.

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Entryway With a Cozy Bench and Wood Wall Hooks

No well-appointed entry is complete without a comfortable place to sit. In this small space designed by Tessa Hop, a simple bench complete with a cozy sheepskin throw certainly checks all the boxes. Functional wood wall hooks put woven bags on display, doubling as décor.

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Entryway With a Bench and an Oversize Round Mirror

In this small entry designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, several decorative pillows adorn a woven bench. An oversize mirror visually makes the space look and feel larger, and a tall indoor tree makes the space feel more expansive by drawing the eye up.

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Entryway With a Bench and Faded, Vintage-Inspired Rug

A vintage-inspired rug with a faded, worn pattern is an ideal choice for a high-traffic, small-space entryway. Here, interior designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors styles a vintage-inspired rug in an entry boasting a bench and a framed print that brings the outdoors in.

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Entryway With a Simple Chair and Peg-Rail Mirror

Don't have the space for a bench? Gain inspiration from this small-space entry designed by Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design and opt for a simple chair instead. Here, a peg-rail mirror offers plenty of storage space for hats and coats. A built-in shelf ensures that keys are always conveniently accessible.

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Entryway With a Half-Round Console Table

For those with a small, almost nonexistent entryway, take style notes from Samantha Orley of Orley Interiors and use a half-round console table to create something of a makeshift foyer just beyond the front door. Simply add a vase of flowers to make coming home that much more enjoyable.

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Entryway With a Traditional Coat Rack

Here's another option for those with ultra-small entryways, courtesy of Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors. Although this isn't an out-of-the-box solution, or revolutionary by any means, a traditional coat rack placed beside the door is perfect for keeping a small entryway organized during any season.

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Entryway Slash Hallway With a Row of Wall Hooks

This small entryway slash hallway by interior designer Rebecca Axler of RTG Design boasts a row of wall hooks. Ideal for organizing outerwear, hats, bags, and anything else that might end up on the floor, hooks make it easy to make the most of a space with minimal square footage.

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Entryway With a Petite Table and a Mirror That Doubles as Wall Art

Of course, a petite table with built-in storage is a great option for a small entryway that has a bit of square footage to spare. Take style notes from this space designed by Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design and hang a mirror that doubles as wall art above the table to complete the vignette.

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Entryway With a Petite Console Table and a Welcoming Vignette

Allow Jenny Komenda of Juniper Home to make a compelling case for styling a petite console table in a small entryway. With more surface area than a half-round table, a console table offers the opportunity to curate a vignette with items that'll make you feel at home as soon as you cross the threshold.

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Entryway With a Narrow Console Table and Statement Mirror

In a space with a layout that immediately opens up into a living room, make like Sarah Sherman Samuel and create a mini entryway with a narrow console table, a statement mirror, and a catch-all basket. Here, an assortment of décor accessories, a candelabra, and a potted plant, lend homey vibes to the space.

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Entryway With a Textured Console Table and Large-Scale Art

Similarly, this small entryway designed by Shea McGee of Studio McGee features a welcoming vignette comprised of a textured console table, an oversized vase filled with leafy foliage, and a large table lamp. A large-scale painting grounds the vignette in an open floorplan space.

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Entryway With a Dresser That Offers Plenty of Storage

Don't have space for a long console table? Steal inspiration from this space designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors and opt for a tall dresser that offers plenty of storage for everything from mail and miscellaneous clutter to shoes as well as surface area for decorative items instead.

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Entryway With a Simple Wood Bench and Peg Rail

Of course, this list wouldn't be complete without Jess Bunge's perfect small-space entryway. Complete with a peg-rail for hanging items, a simple wood bench, a catch-all basket for shoes, and a mirror, the senior market editor's entry is our ultimate small-space inspiration.

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