Styling & Design Tips For Your Entry

“Your entry will set the tone for your entire home. Make it stylish but start with essentials like hooks, shoe storage, floor mat, mirror and a place to set keys and mail. Then you can get fancy with accessories and decor. Whether it’s a full on foyer or simply an open space on the inside of your front door you’ll want a few things to create a welcoming and practical entry.  ”

– Spruce Up Stylists, Fiona Kelly & Anne Viggiano

A place for everything

Start with somewhere to hang everyday coats, shoe storage and a flat surface or console table to set keys and mail. Don’t forget a place for the kids backpacks if that’s a need in your home! Low hooks are great for this, so the kiddos can access their belongings.

If space allows,  add an umbrella stand, boot tray and basket or other storage for seasonal accessories like sun hats and sunglasses or hats and mittens.

Area Rugs/Entry Mats

The entry should have some type of place to wipe feet, and in general capture the bits of outdoor that like to travel inside. It’s best to use a durable rug material in this area. Often an entry can have a bold rug color or pattern, because it is usually not competing with too many other furnishings. Use this guide to buying rugs to help you make some decisions.

Feng Shui Mirror Do’s & Dont’s

Feng Shui is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings. It’s a Chinese term, from fēng meaning ‘wind’ and shuǐ meaning ‘water’.

  • Do use “whole” mirrors in which you can see yourself in one piece. This gives you a sense of completeness whenever you see yourself. Tiny or tiled mirrors or fragments will cause you to feel “broken up” into pieces over time.
  • Do hang mirrors to bring in beautiful views of nature from the outdoors, amplifying them and activating healthy energy indoors.
  • Do use mirrors where they’ll add light and movement to your space. A large mirror in a long dark hallway, for instance, will draw energy down the hall, helping it circulate throughout your home.
  • Do hang a mirror near your entryway, both to activate the water element there as well as to give you a positive glimpse of yourself on your way out the door.
  • Don’t hang mirrors with distorted or antiqued surfaces. Over time as you see yourself in them, you will come to feel distorted or prematurely aged yourself — and that’s never good!
  • Don’t hang a mirror too high or too low. It must be at a height where you can perfectly see the yourself and your aura: at least your entire head and shoulders, and those of anyone with whom you share your home.

Personalize your entry

Don’t forget to add items that reflect your family’s personality. Use art, plants, benches, to create your vibe.

Pottery Barn is really great at giving how-to’s on buying items for your home. Here are their tips for choosing the perfect lighting for your entry!

Chose the Perfect Lighting for an Entryway

The entryway to your home gives guests their first impression of your interior space. Whether you pick a light fixture that makes a bold statement or something more subtle and subdued, your choice of lighting sets the tone for the rest of the house. From chandeliers and ceiling fixtures to recessed lighting and table lamps, the variety of light fixtures that work well in an entryway is as boundless as your creativity and imagination. 

When it comes to choosing the perfect lighting for an entryway, start by considering the scale of the entryway along with any furniture, artwork or mirrors that you might want to highlight. Select fixtures that complement the architecture and design of your home while casting the right glow.


Chandeliers add a bold, glamorous look to your entryway, and they come in a variety of styles including elegant crystal chandeliers, colonial candle styles or sleek drums and cage chandeliers. Choose a fixture that’s proportional to the space of the entryway. For example, if your entryway has 75 square feet of space or more, look for a chandelier with a diameter of at least 12″ to 18″. Smaller entryways look better with smaller chandeliers unless you want the fixture to serve as a focal point. 


Pendants work equally well in modern and traditional spaces, and they add radiance to your entryway while still drawing the eye upward to create the illusion of a taller space. Styles range from single, chandelier-like pendants to clusters of smaller pendants. Use a series of small pendants to light a long hallway-like entryway, or a single, large pendant for a smaller area.

To calculate the size you need, try using the formula that many lighting experts use. Add the length and width of the entryway’s dimensions and convert it from feet to inches. For example, if your foyer is 15′ by 18′, you get 33′ after adding the two figures. In this case, you need a pendant that’s around 33 inches wide.

Ceiling Fixtures

Ceiling lights don’t have to blend in seamlessly the way some lighting does, and if you don’t have the space for a chandelier, this type of fixture is a smart way to add visual interest to your entryway. Choose from traditional, elegant, contemporary or bold styles to fit your home and add a dynamic feel. From flushmount ceiling lights to semi-flushmount and track lighting, ceiling lights offer versatility in addition to casting pleasant ambient lighting. Track lights are a great option for highlighting specific areas or works of art, while all ceiling lights add a lovely glow to the area without limiting overhead space. 

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces add a welcoming glow to the entryway without taking up valuable real estate on a console table or your entryway furniture. Use one on either side of the door or an entryway system. You can also use wall sconces to draw the eye into the rest of the house by installing them in the foyer and down the hallway, if you have one leading out of the space. Choose from a variety of styles, shapes and finishes to pull your entryway’s look together. Sconces also come with uplighting, downlighting and multidirectional lighting to cast their glow on a variety of surfaces.


If you have the space and you want to add a little extra visual interest to the area, lamps offer an attractive solution. Choose from floor lamps, which add a stately presence, and table lamps, which work well on consoles and shelving. Keep the lamp simple, but add a custom shade to create a sleek but interesting lighting solution. Play with different types of lightbulbs to determine the level of warmth or coolness that works best in the room. One final great thing about lamps is that you can move them around easily, and if you want to quickly change the look of your entryway you can simply swap out the lighting to keep things feeling fresh.

***Here are some tips for selecting the right bulbs for your lighting!