The Anatomy of an Entryway

I tend to get a lot of questions about my approach to designing each corner of my home. But one of the most common requests? It all comes down to styling an entryway. As the first impression of a home, an entrance sets the tone for all your design plans, and in my humble opinion, doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.

Over the years, we’ve put a lot of love into revamping our entryway, starting with a front door swap, some vertical shiplap, and all the styling pieces that bring a layered sense of character. Styling an entryway isn’t a science, per se, there are five key elements most well-designed entries have in common. I’m breaking down basics with all my favorites to help bring the look to your space, too.


Anastasia Casey's neutral styled entryway with a vintage rug, console table, and pleated lamp shade.

Design: The Identite Collective | Photography: Madeline Harper


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I like to think of a console table as the foundational anchor to styling an entryway. It’s where the eye will be immediately drawn upon stepping inside your home. Not to mention its necessary function of holding everything else. Console tables come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few that continue to catch my eye.



Entryway with large round black mirror and wooden console table. Design by Lindsey Brooke Design.

Interior Design: Lindsey Brooke Design | Photography: Amy Bartlam




My philosophy for entryway mirrors? Go big or go home. I particularly love a large round mirror when the space calls for it. Plus, it’s the perfect spot to double check your look before heading out the door.




Entryway style with a large vintage rug and modern chandelier. Design by Amber Interiors

Interior Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Entryway style with a vintage rug, bench and white console table. Design by Park & Oak Design

Interior Design: Park & Oak Design




Nothing warms up an entryway like a well-placed rug. They also help to visually divide what can otherwise feel like a vastly open space. Just make sure to opt for a rug that’s super durable and can stand up to foot traffic day in and day out.




Entryway style with set of vintage art prints. Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Interior Design: Marie Flanigan Interiors





Perhaps the most overlooked element of styling an entryway is lighting. You can’t go wrong with a large table lamp, and you can even style a set of two depending on the length of your console table. I also decided to add a picture light above the art in my entryway, and haven’t regretted it one bit.



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Neutral entryway style with frame art and wood console table. Design by My Cozy Corner

Design: My Cozy Corner

Entryway style details with boxes, stacked books and vintage art. Design by The Identite Collective

Design: The Identite Collective | Photography: Madeline Harper




Ok, now for the fun stuff. Styling an entryway gives you the opportunity mix and match accessories that really speak to your style. Try using a combination of stacked books, layered beads, decorative objects, vases, trays and more. Hot tip: designate a single tray or bowl to hold all your ‘leaving the house’ essentials. You’ll never waste time hunting for your keys again.



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