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20 Narrow Entryway Ideas To Optimize Space

Many homeowners find their entryways one of the most challenging areas to decorate. It is often a tight space, and there are many restrictions on what you can add to it. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for an ugly entryway, especially since many great entryway ideas are available.

There are creative ways to maximize your space while still creating a beautiful entrance into your home. Come along as we discuss narrow entryway ideas that will ensure you maximize the use of your space.

1. Design a Bohemian Entrance

If your home has a more bohemian style, you can use this to your advantage in the entryway. Add textiles and plants to make it feel like an extension of the living space. By adding color and life to the entry space, you’ll make it more welcoming for guests.

Bohemian Entrance [From: Bazaar Home Decorating]

2. Use Furniture that Doubles as Storage

One great way to make the most of a narrow entryway is to use furniture that doubles as storage. It can be a shoe rack with a closet or even a table with drawers. Having extra storage in this small space will help you keep it organized and looking tidy.

Shoe rack that doubles as a closet [From: Wayfair]
Table that doubles as a storage [From: Amazon]

3. Install Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a great way to add storage and display space to narrow entryways. You can use them to store books, plants, or other decorative items. By using them, you can make the most of your limited space.

Floating Shelves [From: Pottery Barn]

4. Add a Bench

A bench is a great way to make narrow entryways more functional. You can place a bench at the end of an enclosed space to help you store shoes and other items that people take off before entering your home.

Entryway bench [From: Ruemag]

5. Make Use of a Rug

Adding a rug is a great way to add color and personality to your narrow entryway. Pick a rug that is colorful and fun, one that is appealing to people, making them feel welcome when they enter your home.

Entryway rug [From: Decoratorist]

6. Add a Mirror

Another idea to optimize your narrow entry space is by adding mirrors on both walls. The mirrors will reflect light into the room and give it a sense of depth. You can also hang a mirror above the bench to create the illusion of more space.

White entryway with storage and a large circular mirror.
Entryway Mirror [From: Apartment Therapy]
Entryway Mirror [From: Studio Mcgee]

7. Install a Coat Hanger

When you come home, where do you store your coat? When visitors arrive, where should they lay their coats? If you have coat hangers in your entryway, guests may store their coats there. They can remove their coats and relax or pick them up on their way out.

Coat Hanger [From: To Be Bright]

8. Vertical Storage

Another way to make the most of a narrow entryway is to use vertical storage solutions. Shelves or cabinets that go from floor to ceiling can provide extra storage without taking up a lot of room in the narrow entryway.

Vertical Storage [From: Better Homes and Gardens]

9. Add Décor and Art

One great way to add personality to a narrow entryway is by incorporating art and décor. You can use paintings, photos, or other decorative items to make the space your own. It will help guests feel welcome and comfortable when entering your home.

Artful entryway [From: Home Depot]

10. Install New Light Fixtures

A great way to make a narrow entryway feel more welcoming is by installing new light fixtures. Bright and cheerful light can help to make the space feel more open and inviting.

Entryway Lighting [From: House Beautiful]
Entryway Lighting [From: Ylighting]

11. Go Green

If there is space to spare, adding plants is a great way to make your narrow entryway more inviting. Plants add life and color to any space and can help to make it feel more welcoming.

Entryway plantations [From: Fox Hollow Cottage]

12. Paint Your Entryway

Painting narrow entryways with a bright color is another way to make the space feel more welcoming. A light color can open up a narrow entrance and help it feel bigger while still adding aesthetic value.

Entryway painting [From: Elephant Stock]

13. Make Use of Your Stairs

If you have stairs in your narrow entryway, try to make them functional. You can store items under the staircase or place a table for guests to place their belongings when they enter your home.

Stairway entry design [From: Country Living Magazine]

14. Add a Blue Painting to the Wall

The calming hue of blue is ideal for the entrance. Filling the limited wall area with huge artwork will have a tremendous impact. Adding some texture to it, as with the ocean blue art, a white bench, and a plant, makes for an ideal way to make an elegant arrival.

Entryway blue paint [From: Eric Lysdahl Interiors]

15. Install Wallpaper

Wallpapers are a great way to make narrow entryways feel more like home. You can choose something fun and colorful or use neutral colors that will blend in with the rest of your décor. Using wallpaper is also an inexpensive option for making narrow spaces seem bigger.

Entryway with a table that has a mirror, lamp, and wicker baskets under.
Entryway wallpaper [From: Stampin Fool]

16. Paint Your Door

A brightly painted front door can make a narrow entryway stand out. Choose an eye-catching and welcoming bright color that will make your guests feel excited to enter your home. Painting your door is also a great way to personalize your space.

Yellow entryway door [From: Welsh Design Studio]

17. Design Your Entryway Floor

Adding a design to your entryway floor can be a great way to add personality and style. You can use tile, wood, or other materials to create a unique look that will make your narrow entryway stand out.

Wooden entryway floor [From: The Spruce]

18. Keep it Simple

Try to keep your entryway simple. Use basic furniture and storage solutions to make the most of the space you have. This way, you will avoid overcrowding, making your entrance feel more welcoming.

Simple entryway [From: Bob Vila]

19. Mix Entryway Patterns

Try to mix up the patterns. This way, you will add visual interest and make your entrances unique. You can use different colors, textures, or designs to create a unique look for your narrow entry.

Mix of entryway patterns [From: Bobby Berk]

20. Keep it Warm and Comfortable

Try to keep your narrow entryway warm and inviting. You can do this by using comfortable furniture, adding a rug, or using soft materials throughout the space. This way, your guests will feel welcome and comfortable when they enter your home.

Warm and comfortable entryway [From: Real Simple]

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