Make a Statement with your Entryway

The entryway can be easily overlooked when decorating your home, but the truth is it makes a lasting impressions. Here are a few do's and don's to make the most of this space.

Do...

Reflect your style. Choose an entryway table that speaks to the overall feel of your home-- be it bold, minimalist or rustic. This sets the tone and gives your guests a great first impressions.

Use the "rule of three." Avoid cluttering this space with small decorations. Instead, choose up to three statement pieces such as a large mirror on the wall, a unique lamp and vase with long stems. Keeping this space sparse will make it look clean and welcoming.

Don't...

Stash your stuff. a pile of mail and mismatched shoes shouldn't be the first things your guests see. Add baskets for shoes, use a tray to catch mail, and tuck keys, sunglasses and other miscellaneous items into a drawer.

Ignore function. Add a bench with throw pillows for guests to sit while taking off their shoes and include a coat tree or wall hooks for bags and jackets. When entertaining, move the majority of your items to a nearby closet to give your guests priority.

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