Show off your decorating chops to visitors from the moment they enter your home with this simple entryway decorating trick.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated September 21, 2018
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The two bold pieces are set opposite each other in this entryway, so they don’t compete for the eye’s attention and so guests have a pretty piece to focus on whichever way they face, whether they’re entering the home or leaving. Here, the wall art is accompanied by other furnishings, but they’re dramatic enough to stand alone in smaller spaces, too.And they don’t need to cost a fortune, either. Yes, the selections above are pricy, but more affordable options are out there—including the comparable Eagan MultipanelMirror ($599; potterybarn.com) and the BJÖRKSTA ($69; ikea.com). And remember: When picking a focal point for your entryway, what matters most of all is that it’s something you’re happy to look at every time you come home.RELATEDt: More entryway decorating ideas
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The entryway may not be at the top of your decorating list, but the space deserves a little aesthetic attention. It is the first look visitors get at the interior of your home, after all, and a dingy or bland entryway can start a house tour or visit on a bad note, even if the rest of your home is spectacular.

Fortunately, making a statement with the entryway is simple and requires only one easy decorative addition: a large piece of wall art, as demonstrated by the Real Simple Home’s foyer. Real Simple worked with designers and professional organizers to transform a four-bedroom penthouse in Brooklyn, New York, and the apartment is full of genius decorating tricks like this one.

Entryways tend to be small—in some cases, they’re just narrow hallways—so floorspace can be scarce. A large, eye-grabbing piece of wall art both brings color and personality to a space and serves as a focal point … and it’s unobtrusive, so the entryway can continue to feel organized. When visitors enter the space, their eyes latch onto the artwork, which ideally should be vibrant enough to hold their gaze as they move through the space. (An entryway is not a spot for lingering, after all.)

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Try a super-sized mirror

Get the look: Alia Lamp in Dark Green, $755; bungalow5.com. McLain WiesandLouise Console; mclainwiesand.com. Antique Louis XV bench (1stdibs.com for similar items), upholstered in Bermingham & Co. Ikat velvet, $3,750; berminghamfabrics.com for info. Concave Copper Clad Octagonal Mirror, $4,200; rtfacts.com. Custom Abdiel-Linenrug; starkcarpet.com for info. Rhythmic Blue SW6806ceiling paint; sherwin-williams.com for stores.

In the Real Simple Home, designer Robin Henry brought plenty of character into the home’s primary point of access with two large pieces of art—a gorgeous four-foot-wide mirror.

To buy: Concave Copper Clad Octagonal Mirror ($4,200; rtfacts.com) and a distinctive nature photograph by KlemensGasser (“There Will Be Iceland Gulls Without You 20140118 11.50AM”).

Christopher Testani

Make a statement with eye-catching photography

The two bold pieces are set opposite each other in this entryway, so they don’t compete for the eye’s attention and so guests have a pretty piece to focus on whichever way they face, whether they’re entering the home or leaving. Here, the wall art is accompanied by other furnishings, but they’re dramatic enough to stand alone in smaller spaces, too.

And they don’t need to cost a fortune, either. Yes, the selections above are pricy, but more affordable options are out there—including the comparable Eagan MultipanelMirror ($599; potterybarn.com) and the BJÖRKSTA ($69; ikea.com). And remember: When picking a focal point for your entryway, what matters most of all is that it’s something you’re happy to look at every time you come home.

RELATEDt: More entryway decorating ideas