25 small entryway decorating ideas and designer examples


Entrance areas are the unsung heroes of the house. While the entryway might not be used as stationary as often, such as the kitchen or bedroom, it works just as well to keep things organized and make a good first impression on everyone who walks in. And while a small entryway can make the design a little more daunting, you’ll soon see that size isn’t everything – strategic, stylish problem-solving goes a long way. So if you need some inspiration to pave the way for your own small entryway, these designer examples will do the trick. From narrow hallway entrances to front doors with no dedicated foyers and awkward corners that open up into the living room, consider the 24 small designer entrances in front of you to prove that limited square footage is no match for a sophisticated design plan.


Give it a functional purpose

A secretary with stools tucked underneath makes a surprising style statement, but also means the small entryway can double as a small workspace from home. Designer Juan Carretero opted for a deep green paint color to contrast with the light wood surfaces.


Install a tall shelf

A small floating shelf and basket are all you need to complete this small entryway designed by Emil Dervish. The hallway opens into the main living area and open plan kitchen so there isn’t even a private entrance. Oh, and a bold color can really make a door pop.


Mount a demon

A small, wall-mounted Demilune table brings old-world opulence to this Patrick McGrath-designed apartment, while the vibrant and eclectic artwork and stacked books give it a relaxed vibe. The mirror reflects natural light and the small surface provides just enough space to support photos and flowers without jutting too far into the walkway.


Mark a carpet

Put a nice rug or rug in the spotlight, which will set the color palette in the rest of the home. A saturated art deco rug is always welcome. Designer Shon Parker then added a padded bench to warm up the stone floor.


Call the right lighting

A classic rug and a few decorative items dress up this eclectic entryway designed by Juan Carretero. A pendant and statement table lamp light the way for tasks.



Customize an entryway workhorse that does it all in one piece! A floating bench and storage piece in this entryway by Kureck Jones proves just how useful it can be. With two drawers for those important eyesore and a shelf for a lamp and a small bench with a comfy cushion, this built-in 2-in-1 wardrobe has it all. There is also space for a mirror and many wall hooks.


Design a console

All you need is a little corner to bring this entryway design idea to life. Stack some coffee table books, add a table lamp and hang some colorful artwork like Andrew Flesher did here. Extra points if your vignette also includes a dreamy curtain effect pewter table.


Optimize the walls

Both walls in this hallway entry by Heidi Caillier are optimized for organization. On the left, the two-tiered console provides space for books, vases and lamps, while the other wall is a designated hanging area for coats and hats.


Integrate green

Perfectly proportioned for the space, this geometric red piece in a foyer by Andy Beers of Ore Studios looks almost like art, but also proves to be quite functional. Then dramatic greenery brings a sense of life to the modern space and connects it with the forest view outside. Just like the transitional space should be!


keep it simple

A backless low bench creates a relaxed vibe in this Ellen Kavanaugh-designed hallway entry. Neutral colors allow the tiled floor, textured accent wall, and vintage sconce to speak for themselves.


… or not!

Intense, eye-catching and adventurous, we love the neon pink walls in this entryway designed by Jonathan Berger. A light color makes for a warm, welcoming, and memorable entrance, and dramatic florals set the tone for the rest of your home as it represents a disconnect from nature.


Stay in the corner

Love the look of a large table in the foyer? Here’s how you can do that with a smaller footprint. Two small banquettes frame a pedestal table in this contemporary entryway designed by Kristin Fine. Nestled in the corner, the furniture stays clear of walkways and door frames.


Use fun wallpapers

A small bedside table acts as a mini console table in this entrance in Devin Kirk’s house. An accent chair fits perfectly next to it, giving Kirk a place to sit and lace up. Graphic, bold wallpapers modernize the vintage pieces.


Slim works of art

To add some color to your entryway while keeping it casual, propped some oil paintings on the floor under a narrow console table. We love the eclectic vibe of the houndstooth rug, antique table, and peasant jug in this space by Andrew Flesher.


Paint the walls

Install some sconces, paint the walls a unique and eye-catching color, and push up a fun accent chair. These high-gloss green walls in a Christina Murphy-designed hallway are such a beautiful surprise and the shimmering, reflective glow makes it feel open.


mirror it!

A mirrored wall in the sunken lounge makes this small, architecturally quirky entryway by Kingston Lafferty Design appear much larger. A fun cone-shaped red pendant and pink curved bench bring the rustic archway to life.


Float a drawer

A floating console with a single drawer keeps things tidy and also provides a surface to display a pretty floral display. Studio DB proves that all it takes is a small wall between two doors in this New York City apartment.


Take it to the next room

With little to no furniture space in the small entryway, Emily Henderson decided to use the wall at the end of the adjoining living room as a makeshift mud room. A bench curves around the curve and a mirror serves as a focal point on the wall.


Dress up weird shapes with wallpaper

All eyes are on this beautiful wallpaper in this odd shaped entryway designed by Nick Olsen. A runner in complementary colors grounds the space and a cat corner chair adds interest via tunnel vision.


Go under the stairs

This entryway designed by Catherine Kwong proves that you can fit both a console and a bench in your small entryway. You can even nestle everything under the agitators. Just use this little gap to your advantage and see it as an opportunity for a style moment.


Transform a wardrobe

A built-in alcove could make for a practical closet, or it could be given a second life as a cozy reading nook by removing the doors, adding a cushion, colorful throws, cushions and some bold artwork. Task lighting, artwork, two wall hooks and an umbrella holder complete this small but mighty entryway designed by Tamsin Johnson Interiors.


Pad the walls

Shimmering walls make even the smallest of spaces feel spacious and enchanting. A metallic color illuminates this entryway designed by Alison Pickart at the end of the hall. It would also be nice to upholster the walls with a lush velvet.


Deck out a niche

Designed by Corey Jenkins, this little corner is another great example of a small but impactful entrance. He maximized the limited space with a built in bench and slim side table for keys and other essentials. He then covered the wall in eye-catching blue wallpaper to break up all the white space. It is the perfect complement to the zigzag throw pillow and graphic artwork.


Build a closet

Build a makeshift closet and leave it open for a more open feel, like Reath Design did here. Tiled floors also mean easy cleaning, making this entrance double as a mud room.


Use a pedestal

If your entryway is too narrow for a console table, use a pedestal or pedestal as the. small area for either a vase, like Corinne Mathern did here, or for a catch case to keep your keys in.

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