8 Ways To Elevate Your Awkward Entryway

Consider this post the interior designer’s version of Dear Abby.

We get asked tricky design questions all the time. Where can I find the best velvet sofa? What size rug do I need for this room? How should I combine prints to create an eclectic yet cohesive look?

Another common question we get asked relates to floor plans. We’re quizzed on how to best lay out certain spaces – and usually those spaces are incredibly awkward!

For us, awkward spaces are the name of the game. When we see one, we smirk – knowing that THIS is where our design super powers shine. Allow us to bestow some of our wisdom onto you – and your “hard to design” entryway – with a few tips and tricks of the trade!

1. Add hooks to hang coats and bags.

It’s a wonder what a little wall hook can do! This space previously served no purpose. Now, it is not only functional for daily use but also has a little ledge to house some special decor.

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2. Outfit it with a gallery wall.

Put your art on display in your awkward entryway! Add similarly themed paintings to your wall to have guests grinning from ear to ear upon their arrival.

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3. Add a statement console table (to ensure that your keys always have a home). 

We love this brass style for its sleek design and even sleeker size; it fits even in the most narrow of spaces. Add a small ceramic or wooden dish and designate this as your “key drop” area.

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4. Conceal clutter with a closed cabinet.

Let’s face it, entryways can get messy! Whether you’re storing dog leashes, spare mittens or piles of mail – things just tend to accumulate here. Tuck it all away in this stunning cabinet – that keeps the clutter at bay. 

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5. Style with cozy layers.

Make your entryway just as cozy as the rest of your home with just a few simple touches. Adding some printed pillows and a vintage throw blanket to your velvet upholstered bench is a brilliant way to bolster away the winder blues.

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6. Add a statement bench (to sit on while taking off your shoes).

This bone inlay piece does the trick! It is a work of art in its own right – with just enough style to make a statement.

Interior photos of a private residence in Philadelphia, PA for use by Michelle Gage Interior Design only Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when Copyright 2019 Rebecca McAlpin. All Rights Reserved.

7. Add a statement rug – it’s like art for your floor!

If your entryway wall space is lacking, think about how you can add color and print to your floor. This patterned rug is perfect for a long narrow hallway that doesn’t see a lot of light. It brightens up the space with minimal effort.

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8. When in doubt, wallpaper!

It’s no secret that we’re hug fans of wallpaper here. At Michelle Gage Interiors, we firmly believe that wallpaper has the power to transform any room – and we bet your entryway is no exception. 

Here are a few additional ideas on how to transform your space. Oh – and a few more!

So, tell us, which one of these tips will you be implementing in your own entryway?

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