5 Common Entryway Mistakes That Make Designers Cringe

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Interior designers cringe at these entryway mistakes, which most home decor enthusiasts are probably doing (and how to fix them).

If you want to make a stunning first impression, you should start at creating an inviting and stylish entryway that will make your guests go wow. It should look natural and organized. However, designing an entryway is easier said than done. You might think that it’s one of the easiest areas in your home to decorate. You simply need to furnish it with entryway decor, such as a bench, console table, and decor accessories. FYI, that’s how most people commit these entryway mistakes that make interior designers cringe whenever they walk into a home.

Read on if you think that you’re probably doing one of these entryway mistakes and how to fix them. Also, we will teach you how to create a visually attractive entryway no matter the size.

Mistake #1: Not Using the Space

One of the most common entryway mistakes that interior designers notice is not creating a usable entryway, and the main excuse would always be that the space is too small. We get it, some are lucky enough to have a decent entryway, but not creating even a simple and small functional entryway is a waste of space. Remember that our main goal is to make a killer first impression, and you wouldn’t be able to achieve that with a cold and empty entryway.

The Quick Fix: To create an inviting and stylish small entryway, furnish it with materials that would perfectly fit the space, and don’t forget to paint the area with bright color and create a gallery wall or hang a chic mirror. Lay an area rug in your entryway, furnish it with a sleek console table or storage bench, if possible. If not, even a little shelf with a mirror can be enough, and install a few hooks for your bags and coats.

A perfect example of an inviting and stylish pint-sized entryway would be this foyer designed Tamsin Johnson from House Beautiful. She transformed this small entryway into a functional and stylish space by choosing the right pieces and sticking to a simple color palette. Tasmin Johnson furnished the entryway with an accent chair, a chic mirror, a couple of hooks, and a simple umbrella holder. She also painted the whole area with white paint to make it look bright.

  1. Hub Umbrella Stand | 2. Quincy Storage Bench | 3. Indigo Mountains Framed Art Print | 4. Moon Phase Multi-Hook | 5. Darbonne Serving Tray | 6. Round Brass Sana Mirror

Mistake #2: No Character and Personality

Adding to our list of common entryway mistakes is a boring entryway. Your entryway, no matter how big or small, is the first thing you and your guests will see when they walk into your home, so it’s important to show off your character and personality through your entryway’s style.

The Quick Fix: Choose a big mirror, decorate it with something unique or vintage, install a wallpaper, paint it a bold color, or whatever it is that would say something about your character and personality.

If you are an antique collector, you would appreciate this English-style cottage in South Carolina filled with rustic antiques from House Beautiful. The area looks bright and interesting that it would instantly give you an idea of the person’s personality and style.

  1. Devin Hall Tree with Bench and Shoe Storage | 2. Autumn Leaf Mirror | 3. Amber Glass Vase – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia | 4. Urban Renewal One-Of-A-Kind Tie-Dye Rug | 5. Mccay 1 Door Accent Cabinet | 6. White Metal And Espresso Wood Ridgeby Dining Bench

Mistake #3: No Place to Sit

Next on our common entryway mistakes list that irks interior designers everywhere is not adding a bench or a simple chair to sit on. To be honest, this also makes me cringe.

The Quick Fix: Even if you have a minimalist style or a small entryway, it’s best if you can put a sleek bench or chair that will provide you a place to sit when you are putting on or taking off your shoes.

To give you an idea, take a look at Chris Bentley and Wendy Wurtzburger’s Philadelphia entryway from House Beautiful. A small ottoman chair can be enough if you have a small entryway. Also, you can set the chair aside when not in use to clear up the entry’s space.

  1. Warwickshire Wood Storage Bench | 2. Velvet Stasia Stool | 3. Floral Phases of the Moon Bench | 4. Naia Ceramic Indoor/Outdoor Storage Stool | 5. Wood Shoe Storage Bench | 6. Square Ryan Modular Storage Ottoman With Tray Top

Mistake #4: An Overcrowded Entryway

This entryway mistake always makes my eyebrow raise. Yes, it’s important to make a great first impression of your home, but claustrophobia is real in an entryway overcrowded with decoration. If you’re guilty of committing this entryway mistake, my advice is to tone it down. In other words, less is more, especially if you have a small entry space.

The Quick Fix: Furnish your entryway with the things you need. For example, a console table with a small catchall dish, eye-catching wall arts, and hooks for your coats to make the area look functional and stylish. You can also add a vase of fresh blooms or a pot of indoor plants to enliven the space.

Get inspired by this small entryway designed by Sarah Bartholomew for a Georgetown house from House Beautiful. She advised that even a corner can become a beautiful entry as long as you choose the right accessories.

  1. Dorian 42″ Console Table | 2. Marnie Lamp Shade | 3. Avanti Kokopelli Soap Dish | 4. Camilla Perkins Paradise Art Print | 5. Benitez Wall Hook (Set of 6) | 6. Gold Mirrored Tabletop Tray

Mistake #5: No Proper Storage

Lastly, on our list of common entryway mistakes is not having a place to put your things. I’m not overreacting, but this should be a crime. It’s one of the reasons why you always lose your keys because you don’t have a proper place to put them. Yes, a chic entryway is good, but a chic and functional entryway is much better.

The Quick Fix: Install a wall-mounted hook rack for your bags and coats. If you have enough space, place a console table with a catchall dish for your keys or a storage bench for your shoes. You can also use baskets if a storage bench is too big for your entry area.

Create a visually appealing entryway by hiding your family’s clutter either in a closet or under a skirted table, a smart idea by designer Tom Scheerer from House Beautiful.

  1. Superior Wicker Basket | 2. Handwoven Ombre Laundry Basket | 3. Decorative Coiled Rope Square Base Tapered Basket Small White | 4. Macramé Catch-All Basket | 5. 4 Piece Wicker/Rattan Basket Set | 6. Low Dark Brown Abaca Madras Utility Basket

That’s a wrap for our common entryway mistakes and how to fix them. Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s blog. Happy decorating!

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