Five Ways to Style an Entry

The entry is the first impression of your home, for those who live there and also for those who visit. It should be a smart space that serves as place to toss your keys, phone, and mail when you arrive at home, but it’s also an opportunity to place your personal style on display for visitors who pass through the threshold. Here are five ways to style an entry with pieces that guarantee a polished presentation to all who enter.    

With a Console.  If there was one piece of furniture that is destined for the foyer it’s the console table. Defined by its long and narrow shape, a console table squeezes into narrower spaces and is perfect for an entry because of its design. Pair it with a statement mirror or work of art, then add a bouquet of seasonal blooms to make your foyer welcoming. 


entry console


console and mirror entry


unique console table entry


With a Dresser, Demilune, or Desk.  Furniture with drawers allows for additional storage for a charging station or a place to keep stamps for correspondence, extra sets of keys, or smaller seasonal attire like mittens and scarves. Add a lamp and photographs to give the scene greater personality. 

dresser entry


demilune entry


small desk in entry


With a Bench.  Whether your bench is built in or freestanding, placing a bench in the entry acknowledges another important purpose of an entry, as a place to remove shoes and set down groceries. From a style perspective, including a bench is an opportunity to layer fabrics and pillows to add pattern and color.  

bench entry


built in bench in entry


With a Round Table.  Space permitting, a round pedestal table is the perfect perch for a daily vignette in the entry. It can be situated in a central position or off to the side. Books, decorative accents, and seasonal blooms placed on top of a round pedestal create a sophisticated entry.

round table in entry


table entry


With a Statement Piece.  Perhaps you possess an heirloom you inherited from Aunt Rose or you’ve scored an antique on a weekend second hand treasure hunt. Placing that piece in the entry pays homage to its importance in your family and offers a chance to share its history with anyone who visits.

antique buffet in entry


antique bench cabinet entry


In our foyer, I use a simple console table topped with a tray to collect the daily mail and as a place to drop my keys. How have you styled your entry in your home?



22 Responses to “ Five Ways to Style an Entry ”

  1. I want paint my interior front door black, and to refinish a dresser for my entry! Thank you for the ideas. Saving! :)

  2. These are all wonderful ideas and beautiful photos. I live in a condo with a very narrow entry hall. Several years ago, I added a shelf to one of the walls in the entryway. It’s two feet long and holds a lidded wicker box, a framed photo and a bowl for my keys. Sometimes I add a small vase with a bloom or two. It’s one of those small things that made a very big difference and I often wonder why I didn’t think to do that sooner!

  3. I have a smaller entry, any ideas with out furniture!

  4. I would love for someone to take my picture of my entryway and create a beautiful design.

  5. I have some plants and some photos in my front entry – but these have inspired me to add a table/dresser and a mirror. Maybe paint it a brighter color!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Will put it on my to do list for 2013.

  6. what about an entry from 1960. Small area nee wall with wood grid above, help!

  7. I happen to love the wallpaper, but have it in mind for an old, inexpensive china cabinet. (Saw the idea in the BHG magazine several years back.) Can you share the brand/pattern name?

  8. Great ideas

  9. Now those are some great entry ways!

  10. I especially like the demilune with drawers and a lower shelf. It’s not as heavy as a dresser but provides a bit more storage space than a console.

    Sadly, my entryway is currently populated by winter boots and one rickety chair. This has inspired a summer project…!

  11. Hi Gina, that’s Kelly Wearstler’s iconic trellis pattern, beautiful right?

  12. Hi Anne Marie, in a narrow or small entry think about a floating shelf as a drop zone, and hooks on a rack as a place to hand coats and handbags.

  13. Sounds like the perfect solution Maureen!

  14. Hi, Kate.
    I have a very small entryway, just enough room for an old game table (that belonged to my husband’s grandmother house, and that she too inherited from someone), my ancestors photo album, an old leather one with plenty of daguerreotypes, a photo wall, and old mexican painting, a big modern candle lantern, and a print that states ” tired parents and happy kids live here”. It’s quite simple and i love it. It tells you about the people that live in this house.
    Adore your work,

  15. The VERY first impression is the one that lasts, so beautiful front door hardware is of the utmost importance.

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