8 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Entry + Closet

Turn lackluster entry hallways and closets into pretty, practical focal points with these smart decorating ideas.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Welcome Vignette

Don't have a true entryway? Fake one! Simply add a welcoming vignette inside your front door with a streamlined console table, lighting and a large mirror. The tabletop can be used to keep things like keys, wallets and sunglasses neatly organized, while the space below can house extra seating or baskets.

Multipurpose Stools

Console tables with open space below them offer up a spot to add extra multipurpose seating for the nearby rooms. By storing stools or ottomans under the console table, you'll have a designated spot for putting on and taking off shoes as you head out the door or back inside the house.

Sconce Lighting

Short on space for table lamps or floor lamps? Go with wall sconces instead! Not only can wall sconces lighten and brighten dark hallways and entryways, they can truly turn dead space into a strong focal point.

Fully Mirrored Doors

Mirrored closet doors get a bad rap for being dated and gaudy, but if they're done right, they can make a space feel much larger and brighter than it actually is. Here, sliding mirrored closet doors turn the entry closet into a functioning changing area. For a more up-to-date look, stick with mirrored closet doors that have sleek, silver-toned trim and hardware.

High-End Hangers

Although hangers may seem like a small component of closet design, they can make a huge impact visually. Replace plastic or wire hangers with high-end metal styles. This will allow you to coordinate the same metallic tones used throughout the space inside of the closet, and the metal will also help secure the structural integrity of your clothes.

Open Storage

Make the most of shelf space inside of your closets with open storage baskets, which will allow you to keep small things neatly organized, easily visible and within arm’s reach. Here, industrial mesh baskets were added for a vintage-masculine touch.

Concealed Storage

Three-drawer chests are an excellent solution for adding concealed storage to closets, hallways and entryways. Standing approximately 30 inches tall and ranging in 24 to 60 inches in width, these offer plenty of surface for displaying objects while keeping clutter neatly organized and out of sight. 

Decorative Wall Baskets

An excellent way to keep the main rooms of your house clutter free is to install hanging wall baskets near entries or hallways. Here, a grouping of woven baskets keeps newspapers nearby, freeing up living room floor and tabletop space.

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