This post shows you how to make a small entryway look bigger.
Your entryway is where you probably visit the most day in and day out.
It’s the place people first see when walking into your house and should serve a purpose other than the entrance and exit.
It needs to have space for everything you need right before you go out and everything you no longer need when you walk back in.
However, most entryways pose the same problem – size.
By this, I mean most entryways are on the smaller end and you need to be innovative when styling and decorating them.
Your entryway could appear bigger and function better – if you style it properly.
So here’s a few tips on how you could do just that
How To Make A Small Entryway Look Bigger
1. Mirrors Are Your Friend
When it comes to trying to make the space appear bigger, mirrors can help you out.
A long, full-length, or oversized mirror gives the illusion of a bigger space and brings more light into the entryway.
2. Mirrors Serve A Purpose
Mirrors also serve the crucial purpose of checking if you’re having a bad hair day, whether you need to fix your makeup, or if you have toothpaste on your cheek.
3. Add Some Plants
On the topic of height and making your space appear bigger, large foliage or plants do the trick just as well.
A large palm or hanging plants make your entryway appear taller, this also adds an extra touch of personality to your entryway.
4. Functional Furniture – Seating Area
A chair to sit on while you put on your shoes or wait for a friend can make your entryway that much more practical.
5. Functional Furniture – Console Table
Console tables keep mail, dog leashes, and other things you may need right before you head out the door organized.
6. Make It Seasonal – Christmas Decor
Add an extra holiday cheer in your entryway by hauling the Christmas decorations out.
Add a candle, a reindeer, or a mistletoe, anything that screams “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!”.
7. Make It Seasonal – Halloween
Haul out the pumpkins and Halloween decoctions too!
These seasonal decorations add a bit of personality to your entryway and get everyone excited for Halloween.
8. Add symmetry
Symmetrically hung photo frames make your entry space look neat and organized.
Particularly in smaller spaces, this will help make the space appear bigger.
9. Lighting Is Everything
You don’t want a dark and dingy entryway – so dress it up with lamps and hanging lights.
Whatever you do, make sure that your entryway is well-lit – you don’t want to be stumbling around as you open the door at night.
Adding a few lamps helps create a warm atmosphere.
10. Color Coordinate
Don’t know which colors to pick?
Look at the colors you’ve used in the rest of your house.
This gives your house a cohesive feel, and – bonus – it also looks great!
Ensure that your entryway has the same color palette throughout and that this also reflects through the rest of your house.
11. Make Your Entryway Cohesive With Rest Of Your House
Do you have grey in your kitchen? Add a bit of grey to the frames in your entryway.
Do you have an oak table in the sitting room? Add an oak lamp or ornament to your console table.
Make sure that you aren’t adding random colors that wouldn’t blend with the other rooms in your house.
12. Add hooks on the wall
Hooks for keys, hooks for coats. Hooks for bags, hooks for anything really.
This little addition to your entryway keeps things off of the floor and more organized.
13. Hooks To Hang Your Bags
For all the kids school bags, coats, and umbrellas.
Hooks also create height within your entryway.
14. More Hooks
Make sure that if your hooks are for your kids, they can reach them.
Another tip for making your entryway work for you is to have an “everything” basket.
A bowl or basket that lives on your tabletop in the entryway where you can dump everything and the come back to reorganize it.
This is a lifesaver when you don’t have the energy to organize everything that you’ve brought inside.
15. Add Some Frames And Make It Personal
Adding frames that are special to you adds some personality to your entryway.
It is your house after all so make it feel like home.
You can do this by having a photo collage of your family pets or favorite cars.
16. Use It As Another Storage Space
Using shelving like this not only hides the things that you only use occasionally, but it also serves as a seating area to put your shoes on before heading out of the door.
Why not use your entryway as more storage space?
Pack your shoes in the baskets and hang your other belongings on the hooks.
These baskets are great for keeping things organized.
17. Use All Sorts Of Shelving Or Cupboards
Here’s another example of using your entryway as extra storage.
Here, they’ve added some family photos and vases in the bookshelf, which gives the space a story to tell.
They’ve added a basket for shoes and a hook for jackets, bags, and hats.
18. Leave Some Space
Even though you might be very excited to decorate your entryway with all sorts, I’d advise you to leave some tabletop space.
There’s nothing worse than walking through the door with your hands full and having nowhere to put all of your things.
Leave some space for your Stanley Cup or for your handbag.
19. Leave Some Room For Traffic
Make sure that you have a clear path from the door into the house.
This saves you from stumbling in the dark or from stubbing your toe in the day.
20. Some More Seasonal Decor Ideas – Christmas
The entryway is also a spot to add some cozy seasonal decor.
This doesn’t have to be anything big – this Christmas tree in basket looks adorable.
21. Thanksgiving Entryway Decorations
Add a pop of Thanksgiving to your entryway!
From making it personal to using loads of hooks and plenty of storage, there are heaps of ideas to help you decorate your entryway to make it more functional and give off the illusion that it’s bigger than it really is.
But remember, like every room in your house – an entryway needs to have a purpose.
So, if you take one tip from this blog, add in a console table and a few hooks to your entryway and see how much easier it makes coming in and out.
I hope that this post has given you a new inspiration.
And that your entryway will transform into an area that represents functional beauty. Until next time, have fun decorating!