Entry Way

A Comprehensive Guide to Styling your Entry Way

Designer Spotlight: Studio McGee - Claire Brody Designs:
Entry Way Styling (Design by Studio McGee)

The Investment Pieces:

A console table, a buffet/sideboard or bench


  • How much space do you have? A buffet/sideboard requires a lot of space. A console or bench tends to be more narrow which is more suitable to smaller, tighter spaces.
  • How much storage space do you need? A buffet/sideboard is great because it can offer a lot of storage space. A piece with doors or drawers is ideal because it can hide the clutter.
  • Do you require a multi-functional piece? If so, a bench would likely be the best option. It is a great entryway piece that can be used as seating to put on shoes and boots, a place to throw a bag and also offers sufficient space to put up hooks overhead to hang coats.


  • The entry way piece shouldn’t interfere with the flow of traffic. Therefore, ensure that the piece isn’t too big. People should be able to comfortably enter your home and the door shouldn’t hit it.
  • Place the entry way piece in a place where it can act as the central point to entry.


The Accessories:

A mirror, picture, hooks, coat rack, lamp, rug, tray, baskets


  • What is your personal style? Use the accessories as a way to enhance the look of your entry way to reflect your personal style.
  • Do you have room for lighting? A table lamp can make your entry way seem more inviting with it’s soft glow. However, only incorporate a table lamp if your large entry way piece can accommodate it. It is also a great idea to put your table lamp on a timer so that the entry way is always lit up when it’s dark outside.
  • What would you like the focal point to be above your entry way piece? Most people opt for a mirror because it can make a space feel larger, serve as a “last check” at how you look before heading out and offer visual interest. If you have a mirror nearby elsewhere, then a picture would work.
  • Do you have a closet? If you don’t have a closet then you will likely want to have hooks or a coat rack. If you’ve chosen a bench as your large entry way piece, then hooks would serve well above it. If you’ve chosen a buffet or console, a tall coat rack would work well. Even if you do have a closet, hooks are always useful as a quick place to hang coats and not have to deal with hangars.
  • Do you require additional storage? Baskets, shoe racks and trays are great ways to add additional storage. Baskets can be placed either beside a large entryway piece or can be placed under an open console table. Trays on top of the entry way piece is a great place to toss keys, sunglasses and wallets upon entry.
  • Do you require seating? It’s good to think about where you can sit to put on your shoes and boots. If you opted for a bench, this serves this function well. However, if you did not, a chair beside a chest of drawers or console works well.
  • How much space do you have for a rug? An entry way space can normally accommodate a small rug or a runner. The key thing to remember is that the furniture should not sit upon the rug in an entry way.


  • Try and keep functionality front of mind when designing your entry way space.
  • Keep entry way furniture together on one side of the room.
  • Opt for a rug that’s durable since this is a high traffic area.
  • Ensure the rug pile is low so that it doesn’t get caught on the door and can easily be vacuumed.
  • Keep the rug colour dark so that you don’t see the dirt.



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