The Best Modern Entryway Decor Ideas You Should Consider

Entryways are one of the unsung heroes of any home. Though the entrance might not get as much use as other parts of the home, it is vital to making a good first impression. On top of that, it can be used to keep things organized and bring fresh style to the home.

The Best Modern Entryway Decor Ideas You Should Consider

However, most entryways are also the least thought of part of the home during renovation and decoration. Leaving an entryway how it is just doesn’t make any sense. The entryway is the first thing people see when they walk into your home.

Therefore, it should be stylish, sleek, functional, and modern. The fact you find yourself here would suggest you already know that. If so, it’s time to start looking at the best modern entryway ideas that you should consider.

In this post, you’ll find a list of modern entryway decor ideas  (see also “Dining Table Decoration Ideas“) that will take the entrance to your home to new levels.

1. Let The Staircase Stand Out

One of the simplest ways to enhance the overall appearance of your entryway is to let the staircase stand out. Staircases are starting to be seen as architectural masterpieces again, so letting your staircase stand out in your entryway could offer your home a fresh look.

All you need to think about when letting your staircase stand out is colors and decor items. A staircase that doubles up as an art piece is a must-have. A classy and elegant design idea is to keep the staircase simple.

A fresh coat of white paint works nicely with a wooden staircase. Consider keeping the decor items around the staircase to a minimum so that the staircase can be seen in all its glory.

2. Create A Gallery With Clever Framing

Another wonderfully simple way to create a stylish entryway is to create a gallery on the walls using clever framing.

It doesn’t matter if you’re drawn to traditional ways of hanging frames or if you prefer a gallery style of framing, art and photography enliven an entryway, setting the tone for the rest of the home.

One popular gallery style is to paint the wall black before hanging an array of black and white photos on the wall. These colors combine brilliantly to offer something quite striking.

It’s also important to remember that the frame can transform the picture too, so do your best to find a frame that works well with the art pieces.

3. Install Storage Spaces

If you want to make your entryway more functional, you could introduce a more modern look through storage spaces. If you’re lucky enough to have a closet in this area already, this will be easy.

If you don’t, there’s nothing to worry about as you can still use smart storage solutions to make your entryway more modern and functional. Something as simple as a wooden coat hanger can maximize your space.

If you have plenty of space to play with, we recommend adding hallway storage boxes, cabinets, and shelves. A functional cabinet system will give you plenty of places to store shoes, umbrellas, bags, and coats, whilst still looking sleek and stylish.

4. Make Simple Customizations

A charming way to enhance the overall look and feel of your home’s entryway is to make some simple, yet elegant customizations.

The best way to get this right is to first think about what you want your guests to feel when they walk in and how you want to welcome them.

You don’t have to go big with this idea, you could use almost anything to customize the space. You could simply leave a welcome message at the door, photographs of you and your family, a comfortable sitting corner, or items you’ve picked up on your travels.

Customizing your entryway is a great way to create that warm, cozy, and friendly vibe we all want people to feel when they visit our homes.

5. Create Seating Space

Not every entryway is big enough to feature a seating area, but if yours is, you should definitely consider adding some seating elements to your space. Aside from offering a pleasant aesthetic, adding a seating space to an entryway brings more functionality.

A seating space gives your guests somewhere to sit whilst putting their shoes on. Another great thing about a seating space is that it makes your entryway look more inviting. 

When it comes to choosing your seating, benches are a popular choice as they take up little space. However, if you have more space, love seats or an armchair are stylish options too. Even a pouf is a good choice if you don’t have much space to play with.

6. Add A Mirror

In our opinion, a mirror is an absolute must when it comes to styling an entryway. This is probably the first thing we’d want to add to our entryway if we wanted to enhance its overall look and elegance.

Mirrors make a great addition to an entryway for a number of reasons but the best has to be that it makes the space look so much bigger.

By simply hanging a large mirror, you can make your entrance hall look bigger. A large mirror will also make your entryway look brighter. 

Of course, a mirror also gives you and your guests somewhere to take one last look at themselves before they leave. It might also be worth knowing that Feng Shui believes the right mirror placement is good for energy flow around the home.

7. Fit A High Shelf

If you don’t have much space but still want to maximize the functionality and appearance of your entryway, you could go with a simple high shelf. A small shelf and a basket could be all it takes to complete your entryway.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, in fact, keeping things simple often creates a more pleasing and elegant look. You could opt for an elegant wooden shelf that complements the color of the entrance.

A great way to maximize the space further is by installing a shelf that has hooks underneath for hanging coats etc.

8. Lean Artwork

A more modern way to present artwork in an entryway is to lean it on the floor. This may seem a little strange but it actually creates a casual and trendy appearance. This idea works perfectly if you lean one or two oil paintings on the floor underneath a narrow console table.

You can use any artwork you like, but we love how well oil paintings work as they create a much more unique and striking look. To complete the look, you might also want to add a farmhouse pitcher and a rug.

If you prefer a more modern look, you could opt for more modern, contemporary pieces. This might suit your interior more.

9. Make The Most Of Baskets

An excellent way to easily optimize your entryway space is to add a collection of baskets.

It doesn’t matter if you install shelves to hold the baskets or simply place the baskets under a bench, adding them to your entryway helps you keep things organized and creates a more attractive look.

This is a great alternative if you don’t have enough space to add storage cabinets or cupboards to your entrance. The baskets you add to your entryway will hide eyesore items and provide more space for decorative pieces (see also “How To Hide An Electrical Panel“).

If you really want to keep things simple, place a single basket by the door for your shoes.

10. Place A Spotlight Rug

A spotlight rug is a fantastic way to bring more vibrance to your entryway. A beautiful rug will also help you set the color palette and tones for the rest of your home. You could also use a runner if your entryway is quite long.

Aside from offering plenty of color and style, a runner is a great way to lead guests into your home. This decor idea doesn’t work particularly well with entryways that already have carpet but as long as the colors don’t clash you can still create a good look.

Generally speaking, a spotlight rug works best in entrance halls that have stone or laminate flooring.

11. Bring Style With Fresh Wallpaper

One of the most practical and effective ways to enhance the overall appearance and style of an entryway is to add wallpaper. Wallpaper is an easy way to create a lasting design that will give your entryway a stunning and modern feel for years to come. 

With entryway wallpaper, don’t be afraid to be bold. You won’t be spending too much time in your entryway so you can be a bit more out there with the designs and colors.

You could cover the wall in bright colors, floral designs, or even a black-and-white family photo. 

We quite like the idea of three-dimensional landscape wallpaper.

12. Incorporate Greenery

Incorporating greenery into your entryway is a great option for those of you that want to bring your entryway to life. Dramatic greenery brings vibrance and life to your modern space, whilst also connecting your home with the outside world.

The best thing about incorporating greenery into your entryway is that it doesn’t matter how much space you have. If you don’t have much space, opt for a small plant. If you have lots of space, go for a bigger plant.

A great way to present any greenery is in a farmhouse pitcher. This creates a more casual and elegant look that stands out nicely.

Final Thoughts

That concludes our list of the best modern entryway decor ideas that you should consider bringing into your entrance hall.

As you can see from our list, there is a wide range of excellent things we can do to enhance the overall appearance and feel of an entryway.

The ideas on our list vary in terms of how much space you need, how much effort they require to get right, and how easy they are to install. However, we’re confident that you could add any of these ideas to your entryway with little effort.

All you have to do now is decide which decor ideas you want to try first.  

John Whitford
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