8 Great Ways to Jazz Up Your Entryway

Do you ever walk into your home and feel a little underwhelmed? Is your entryway just a place to toss jackets and shoes—all function and not much style?

Then it’s time to give it a little love. It doesn’t have to be a big makeover or cost much at all to turn this trouble spot into a fabulous first impression.

Remember, an entryway isn’t just for welcoming guests. It’s a place that should make you instantly feel happy to be home.

Here are our favorite ideas for an easy foyer upgrade. Mix and match them to create something all your own:

1. A Coatrack With Character

Swap the usual row of hooks or boring coat tree and try something fresh, like an antler-style fixture or a vintage dress form to show off your most stylish outerwear. For a real outdoorsy feel, mount a large branch and add hooks for hanging your things.

2. A Gallery Wall…of Hats

You probably don’t want to display the family’s beat-up baseball caps. But something with charm like straw hats with ribbons or your collection of cowboy hats will make an eye-catching statement.

3. An Unexpected Doorstop.

It doesn’t have to be called a doorstop to do the job. Imagine being greeted by a wood carving of your favorite animal. Cast-iron figures are another good choice for fun and functional décor.

4. A Little Bit of Life

A leafy hanging plant, potted greenery, fresh flowers in an unusual vase, or a row of succulents on a windowsill—there’s nothing that brightens a space quite like a little bit of nature.

Or, if you want something that doesn’t require watering, dried flowers or herbs can do the trick too with a little extra rustic charm.

For a real southwest or rustic cabin feel, you can always add “life” in the form of faux mounted antlers or steer skull.

5. An Unusual Seat

Skip the usual entryway bench. Switch it out for two or three mismatched chairs in your favorite styles. Or put in an overstuffed armless sofa or chaise longue where you can pause to take off your shoes in style and comfort.

6. A Bold Pattern

Don’t forget about the floor. Add a rug or runner with a geometric pattern and plenty of color. Chevron, southwestern, or checkered patterns are good choices with big effects.

7. A Word of Welcome

Welcome friends, guests, and yourself home with typography. A framed message is the perfect greeting—like giving your home a voice. A greeting, a family motto, or a favorite saying can tell guests something extra about who you are.

8. A Wall That Wows

The right wallpaper can do most of the design work for you. Choose an intricate design, and you have a wall that can be a work of art in itself. If you go this route, keep wall hangings, furniture, and accents simple and few so they don’t overwhelm. Also, make sure that the color you choose flows well into the rest of the house.

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