11 AMAZING Ways to Create a Welcoming Entryway in Your Home

Feb 15, 2023

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 Create a Welcoming Entryway in Your Home

Your entryway is the first impression a guest has of your home. It sets the tone for the rest of the rooms. So, you want to be sure to make this space the most welcoming part of your home.

You may be unsure how to begin. What if you are on a budget? What if your entryway is small? How about if you have a large entryway?

If you don’t know where to begin or need inspiration, we have compiled 11 ways to create a welcoming entryway. These tips will help you start building the perfect first impression.


How do you create a welcoming entryway?

Some people have large, open entryways that blend into other rooms. Others have long, narrow hallways or a small landing leading to a staircase. Still, others, have a small, non-existent entryway right as you enter the door.

How do you decorate your specific space? There are many things to consider when you create a welcoming entryway in your home. The following tips will help you to navigate your space and pick the best furnishings for your decor.


#1 Give your guests a taste of your home style

The entryway is the first glimpse your guests get of your home, so your style should shine in this space. Whether you have a small or large entryway, be sure to bring your aesthetic to the forefront.

Create a Welcoming Entryway for your home

If your entryway transitions into a living room or other space, tie those styles together. Use similar materials, colors, and textures to create a clear flow between the rooms.

Separate entryways can have their design but will tie into your home’s aesthetic.


#2 Pick appropriate proportions

Large entryways will need larger furnishings and decor to fill the space. And smaller entryways will need the opposite. Remember to fit the size of your space to create a welcoming entryway.

It is easy for a small entryway to feel overcrowded with lots of decor pieces and larger furnishings. The opposite is true. A larger entryway can feel too sparse if the decor and furnishings are too small.


#3 Mix functional with fun

An entryway is often the place your guests take off their shoes and coats as they enter the door. This is also where your family will store such items.

Create a functional Entryway for your home

An entryway can become cluttered with everyday items if you don’t have a space to store these items. Still, your functional storage doesn’t have to be dull.

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You can create a welcoming entryway with baskets and cubbies if you are not lucky enough to have a closet here.


#4 Style with shoe storage

Since shoes often get thrown around in an entryway, it is a good idea to have some sort of storage area for them. Tripping over shoes isn’t exactly the most welcoming encounter.

stylish shoe storage for your home

There are several stylish shoe caddies you can add to create a welcoming entryway. These range from more expensive cabinets to cheaper mats.

For example, check out this shoe cabinet to create a welcoming entryway. You can place your shoes in the slanted cubbies and close the drawers, so the shoes are out of sight.

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly shoe storage option, try this rubber doormat. This mat will keep your shoes from soiling on the floor. It also contains them in one area instead of them being strewn about.

You can get a shoe storage set up that matches your style. You don’t even need a fancy caddy to do this. Try adding some large baskets, such as these, to house shoes to create a welcoming entryway.

Even if your entryway has a closet, you may want to have some sort of place to catch shoes inside the closet, as well.


#5 Hook them with coat hooks

Coats, purses, and backpacks also often get deposited in an entryway. You can give these items homes by adding hooks.

You can play with style with these hooks. Place stark white hooks in a straight line for a clean and organized look. Use different hook styles to create a more eclectic look. Create contrast by adding darker metal hooks against lighter walls and decor.

If you want to get playful with these hooks, try hanging them at different levels, to create interest.

Buy these hooks separately, such as these wooden ones. Or, grab an entire rack, like this rustic one.

These hooks will create a welcoming entryway for your guests and family. They can deposit their coats and bags as they enter, making them feel more at home.


#6 Provide a place to sit

If you have the space, adding seating is the perfect way to create a welcoming entryway.

Place a chair or two next to the door for people to sit as they take off their shoes. A bench is another great choice. You can get a variety of colors, types, and materials.

Or, you can get a piece of furniture that does it all–stores shoes, coats, and offers seating.

Check out this bench that has a shoe rack beneath and hooks at the top to create a welcoming entryway.

#7 Attract the eye with art

Many entryways have an expanse of blank walls, especially ones that lead up to a staircase or a long hallway. To create a welcoming entryway with these spaces, you will need to attract the eye.

Unique art pieces are a great way to add interest to an entryway wall. This is also a great opportunity to give your guests a sense of what your home is like.

If you have a boho aesthetic, you could add an art piece such as this one to create a welcoming entryway.

Someone with a rustic aesthetic might go for something like these white barn doors.

Whatever your style, this is your chance to make a statement. Oftentimes, a pretty large piece will fit along an entryway wall.


#8 Try a table vignette

Wider entryways can fit an entryway table. This is the perfect space to create a vignette. You can style your table with unique decor pieces with personality and warmth.

The entryway table itself is a fantastic way to create a welcoming entryway. You can get one of these narrow tables in a variety of styles and colors. This one, for example, has a lovely geometric base.

Once you’ve picked the perfect table, curate a design that fills right for your home. Add candles, a lamp, and some faux (or real plants). You can place books on the table or a fancy vase.


#9 Use your natural architecture

Many entryways have a natural arch or linear shape. Use these shapes to your advantage when you create a welcoming entryway.

Mirroring the shapes in the architecture will help your design have a natural flow to it.

These shapes also add dimension to your design. Natural architecture can also support your furnishings and decor. If you have a closet, this can store all the everyday items, while you focus on a curated design in the entryway.

If there is a natural view of the stairway, emphasize this view with your decor.


#10 Don’t forget the exterior door

Your entryway starts at the front door. A decorative wreath can create a welcoming entryway. You can customize your wreath to your personality or even the season.

welcoming porch decor ideas for your home

You can also paint your front door a fun color. This will not only boost your exterior design, but it will also draw attention to your entryway.


#11 Transition with style

It’s easy to get carried away with creating a welcoming entryway and forget to tie it in with the overall design.

Your entryway should be an extension of your home’s design, not an afterthought. Try to create a space that is unique, warm, and creative, but that also flows well into the next room.



A cozy, inviting entryway is the perfect way to show off your home’s style. These 11 ways to create a welcoming entryway make it easy to upgrade your home’s opening space.

Try them out to add more character to your design space.