Entryway table decorating ideas to make a great first impression

For many, entryway table decorating ideas have become a recent obsession. They’re the new must-have vignette for your home – a place to display the perfect cut branch with a few object that encapsulate your design style.

Entry tables set the tone for what the rest of your home will present to guests, a preview of what’s to come once they’ve walked through the rest of your space.

Yet however you can focus on making your hallway table beautiful, it can also serve a practical purpose, so think about decor that best serves your overall hallway ideas.

To inspire you to get creative in your entryway, we asked interior designers for their top tips for styling table decor in this space.

Entryway Table Decoration Ideas

First, before you can decorate your hall table, you need to find the right piece of furniture for the space.

“Entries are the first impression of your home, and you want it to make a statement, while letting it flow with the rest of your space,” says interior designers Berkeley Minkhorst, co-founder of House of Nomad , based in North Carolina. (opens in a new tab). “When decorating an entryway, it’s equally important to consider the scale and shape of the table. A round table is a great solution for filling an odd or large space nicely, while a long rectangular console table can look great against an empty wall with the right style.

1. Create a juxtaposition

a small entryway with a stylish bench table

(Image credit: Design: Stelly Selway)

To create real impact, create a juxtaposition between your entryway table and the decor there. It can be by color, size, shape or even material.

“When choosing accessories, we mix materials, looking for pieces that juxtapose the furniture they’re placed on,” says interior designer Tanya Selway of Los Angeles-based Stelly Selway. (opens in a new tab). “So if it’s a wooden bench, we’ll want to choose a different material like glass or ceramic.”

In this narrow hallway, jade figurines and draped flowers create an interesting shape against a low console table.

2. Choose objects that mean something to you

a small entrance with a mini table and a plant

(Image credit: Ellen McDermott. Design: OAD Interiors)

When creating console table decor, you can afford to be selective in your choices. Also, by choosing something that means something to you, it’s likely to be seen by most people entering the house – everyone has to pass through that room after all.

“When we style a console table or an entry table, we like to look for accessories with a soul and a story,” explains Benjamin Stelly, co-founder of Stelly Selway. “They may be found objects or antiques, but your style will be quirky and automatically elevated. We gravitate toward designer pieces that have relevance to the client or project, that speak specifically to their interests.

3. Play with height

an entrance with a stylized round table

(Image credit: Laura Sumrak. Design: House of Nomad)

“No matter the table, styling with different heights and textures is crucial,” says Kelley Lentini, co-founder of interior design studio House of Nomad. Stacking books is a great way to artificially add height if needed, as well as organizing books, as shown on this hallway table as a way to complete the look and pair it with the matching glass vases .

“For this project, it was also important to add color into this otherwise black and white foyer to bring in a feeling of warmth and texture, without it feeling overdone,” Kelley adds.

4. Include a tote

a round entrance table with decor on

(Image credit: Vanessa Lentine. Design: Pure Salt Interiors)

Still losing your keys? Then include something on your entry table to be the place to look first. It doesn’t have to be a basic bowl, you can choose a nice tray or an edgy design container, but either way, make sure it’s easy to throw your keys away when you walk through the door.

“We love a hall table for a touch of greenery, simple style, and a place to tuck away a bowl or tote tray,” says Aly Morford, co-founder of Pure Salt Interiors. (opens in a new tab). “Here we opted for a round pedestal table to contrast the angular staircase and linear joinery and the result is the definition of divine.”

5. Style with seats

a large entrance with a table with seats around it

(Image credit: Aimee Mazzenga. Design: BBA Chicago / Pam Maher Design)

Having seating in your entryway is a real practical addition, but you don’t have to choose between an entryway table and a separate chair, because this space created by architectural firm BBA Chicago and interior designer Pam Maher (opens in a new tab) will prove.

Placing a few stools under a table, whether round or console, not only fills the void under your furniture, but can also be very useful.

“I love adding seating under the entry tables because it does double duty,” says Pam. “Here, it delivers drama and scale with well-placed props, as well as a place for guests to sit to remove their shoes.”

6. Add impact with foliage

a large neutral entrance with a console and a carpet

(Image credit: Andrew Frasz. Design: Jessica Gersten Interiors)

Where once eucalyptus and then dried herbs were the home decor trend of the day to fill vases and pots, it is now a question of finding the perfect branch. A well-proportioned sectional can add a real sculptural element to any space, but is especially dramatic in a hallway.

In this design by Jessica Gersten Interiors (opens in a new tab), the gourmand green stands out against a completely neutral palette that extends to the style of the console table. Our best advice? Go further with your branch than you think. The best versions of this trend are beautifully voluminous.

7. Hang a mirror at your entrance

an entrance with a simple console

(Image credit: Phil Crozier. Design: Reena Sotropa)

What do you hang above a hall table? There are good reasons to stick with décor, whether it’s wall art or a decorative wall display to make your entryway a space with a real wow factor. However, the entrance is the perfect place to check yourself before you go out, making sure there isn’t a misplaced hair before you step out into the world, so why not complete your entrance table with a mirror.

Usually the best mirror is the biggest one, but for a hallway, choose the right mirror that matches your hallway table decor in terms of style and scale. In this design by Calgary-based designer Reena Sotropa (opens in a new tab)a classic hanging mirror was used to complete the display, complemented by the placement of a vase and freestanding picture frames.

How to style a hall table?

The style of an entryway table draws on the same design principles as many other areas of the home, from decorating the coffee table to decorating shelves.

First, think about how you can achieve a sense of balance. This doesn’t necessarily mean symmetry, but it’s important to create balance, whether on the table itself or throughout the scheme. Play around with height and volume until the entryway table is perfectly proportioned – it’s personal preference above all else.

In addition to playing with height, texture, shape, and color in your design, consider the “rule of three.” It’s the stylist’s golden rule to group objects by three, the magic number. This works both for individual objects placed together and for groups of small collections of objects.

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