Entryway table decor ideas – interior designers explain how to make a great first impression

These entryway table decor ideas will give you a warm welcome home and set the tone for the rest of your house

an entryway with a round table and console table
(Image credit: Laura Sumrak. Design: House of Nomad)

For many, entryway table decor 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 curated objet that encapsulate your design style. 

Entryway tables set the tone for what the rest of your home is going to present guests, a glimpse of what's to come once they make it through into the rest of your space. 

Yet, however you might focus on the good looks of your entryway table, it can serve a practical use too, so consider decor which 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 decor ideas 

First things first – before you can decorate your entryway table, you need to find the right piece of furniture for the space. 

'Entryways are the first impression of your home, and you want it to make a statement, while still having it flow with the rest of your space,' say interior designers Berkeley Minkhorst, co-founder of North Carolina-based House of Nomad (opens in new tab). 'When decorating an entryway, considering the scale and shape of the table are equally important. A round table is a great solution to fill an odd or large area nicely, while a long rectangular console can be perfect against an empty wall with the proper styling.'

1. Create juxtaposition 

a small entryway with a styled bench table

(Image credit: Design: Stelly Selway)

To make a real impact, create a juxtaposition between your entryway table and the decor on it. This can be through color, size, shape or even material. 

'When we choose accessories we will mix materials, looking for pieces that are a juxtaposition to the furniture they are placed on,' says interior designer Tanya Selway of Los Angeles-based Stelly Selway (opens in new tab). 'So if its a wood bench, we'll want to choose a different material like glass or a ceramic.'

In this narrow hallway, jade figurines and draping florals create an interesting form against a low console table. 

2. Choose objects that mean something to you 

a small entryway with a mini table and plant

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

Where you're styling console table decor, you can afford to be selective with your choices. Plus, by choosing something which means something to you, it's likely to be seen by most people entering the house – everyone has to pass through this room after all. 

'When styling a console or entry table, we like to look for accessories with a soul and a story,' says Benjamin Stelly, the co-founder of Stelly Selway. 'They can be found items or antiques, but your styling will be original and automatically elevated. We gravitate towards pieces from makers who have a relevance to the client or project, that speak specifically to their interests.' 

3. Play with height

an entryway with a styled 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 acting as book organization, as shown on this entryway table as a way to round out the styling and pair with the matching glass vases. 

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

4. Include a catchall

a round entryway table with decor on

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

Always losing your keys? Then include something on your entryway table to be the place to look first. It doesn't have to be a basic bowl, you can choose a beautiful, design-forward tray or vessel, but whatever it is, make sure it's easy to just throw your keys in when you walk in the door. 

'We love an entry table for a pop of greenery, some simple styling, and a place to house a catch-all bowl or tray,' says Aly Morford, co-founder of Pure Salt Interiors (opens in new tab). 'Here, we opted for a round pedestal table to contrast the angular staircase and linear millwork and the result is the definition of divine.' 

5. Style with seating 

a large entryway with a table with seats around

(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 decide between an entryway table and a separate chair, as this space created by architectural firm BBA Chicago and interior designer Pam Maher (opens in new tab) goes to prove. 

Tucking a few stools under a table, whether a round design or a console, not only helps fill the void underneath your furniture, it's really useful too. 

'I love adding seating under entry tables, as it does double duty,' says Pam. 'Here, it provides drama and scale with well-placed accessories, plus a place for guests to sit to remove shoes.' 

6. Add impact with foliage

a large neutral entryway with a console table and rug

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

Where once eucalyptus, then dried grasses, were the interior design trend du jour for filling vases and pots, right now it's all about finding the perfect branch. A cutting with the right proportions 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 new tab), luscious green stands out against a completely neutral palette that extends to the styling of the console table. Our top tip? Go bigger with your branch than you'd think. The best versions of this trend are beautifully voluminous. 

7. Hang a mirror to your entryway 

an entryway with a simple console table

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

What do you hang over an entryway table? There's a good case to be made for keeping to decor, whether that's wall art or a decorative wall display to make your entryway a space with real wow factor. However, the entryway is the perfect place to double-check yourself before heading out the door, ensuring there's not a hair out of place before stepping out into the world, so why not complement your entryway table with a mirror. 

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

How do you style an entryway table?

Styling an entryway table draws on the same design principles as many other areas in the house, from coffee table decor to decorating bookshelves

First up, consider how you can achieve a sense of balance. This doesn't need to mean symmetry necessarily, but creating balance, whether on the table itself or across the wider scheme is important. Play with height and volume until the entryway table feels perfectly proportioned - it's a personal preference as much as anything. 

As well as playing with height, texture, form and color within your design, consider the 'rule of three'. This is a stylist's golden rule for grouping objects in threes, the magic number. This works for both individual objects placed together, and groups of smaller collections of objects. 

Luke Arthur Wells
Luke Arthur Wells

Luke Arthur Wells is a freelance design writer, award-winning interiors blogger and stylist, known for neutral, textural spaces with a luxury twist. He's worked with some of the UK's top design brands, counting the likes of Tom Dixon Studio as regular collaborators and his work has been featured in print and online in publications ranging from Domino Magazine to The Sunday Times. He's a hands-on type of interiors expert too, contributing practical renovation advice and DIY tutorials to a number of magazines, as well as to his own readers and followers via his blog and social media. He might currently be renovating a small Victorian house in England, but he dreams of light, spacious, neutral homes on the West Coast.