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How to
Arrange Accessories in an Entryway

Decorate the entryway

The entryway is the first impression friends and family will have of your home. The room should be filled with accessories you love — photographs, found objects and treasured books. Back–to–back benches placed across from a wall lined with more benches separate the entryway from the rest of the house while providing the perfect introduction to the rest of your home.

Create a gallery wall 

To create a gallery wall like the one in the photo below, hang photographs in varying shapes and sizes in a grid that is pleasing to the eye. Plan the layout of your frames before hanging, either with Kraft paper on the wall or by arranging them on a workspace or floor. Smaller frames have more impact when grouped together; a large frame may stand alone. Place your frames at eye level, usually five feet from the floor. Hang them higher if your room has high ceilings.

Choose bold wall color

The entry is your chance to experiment and try interesting colors you might not consider in other rooms of your home. Keep in mind, however, that you need to choose a color that makes a smooth transition to harmonize with adjoining rooms. Consider continuing the entryway color into the living room as a directional clue. A light gray pairs beautifully with the furnishings and accessories, creating an adaptable backdrop for the room's rich mixture of shapes and colors.


Since an entryway is the first look into your home, fill it with accessories you love — photographs, found objects and treasured books.