Spruce Up Your Entryway

Make a great first impression by decorating the very first few square metres your guests see when entering your home.

Updated on June 12, 2017 18:06 pm

Camille Besinga


Whether you live in a landed home or a 20-sqm flat, the area immediately after your front door often makes an impression on anyone who enters your home, or anyone who steps out of it, for that matter. The entryway may be a long corridor or anteroom leading into your living room, or less than a square metre of space just big enough for the door swing. Either way, it should be a place where you and your guests can pause and make you shed off—whether literally or figuratively—all your outside cares and enter your home in a more relaxed and positive state of mind.


The Grand Entrance
If you have the space to go for dramatic flair, choose items that will set the theme for your home decor, like this entryway for a Balinese-style house, with its pillars, rug, sculpture, pendant lamp, and antique wooden panels.


Traditional Entry
For the rest of us, a traditional entryway is simply a place to park keys, mail, coins, as well as shoes, bags, jackets, and other items we carry from outside. A side table often does the trick, and you can partner it with either an artwork, or a mirror on the wall for last-minute touch-ups before heading out the door.


Some elements you may need for your entryway, depending on your need, as well as the size of your space, may include the following:

• A rack to hang coats, jackets, bags, and hats
• A shelf to park your shoes
• A bench or chair to sit on


• A small surface to corral your mail, keys, etc. (No space for a table? A floating shelf will easily do the trick.)


Set the entry apart from the rest of your living space. If you have the space to do this, try to separate the entryway from the rest of the house with a few tricks.

• Create a vestibule or antechamber with a small wall or another doorway.
• Cover a few metres of floor and/or wall immediately next to the exterior door with tiles, paint, wallpaper, or even a rug or carpeting.

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Cover photo courtesy of Design Sponge


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