How to Decorate the Entrance Hall of a Home

Updated February 21, 2017

If your home has an entrance hall, it’s important to decorate it. Empty entrance halls create a feeling of being not welcomed and cold. Instead of making visitors feel unwelcome, decorate the entrance hall to invite them into your home. When considering how to decorate the hall, take into account the typical use of the hall -- for example, removing shoes before entering the main part of the home. Allow yourself an afternoon to decorate the entrance hall of your home.

Paint the entrance hall with interior paint, a paintbrush and a paint roller. Consider painting the entrance hall a light shade, as this creates an illuminated appearance during the evening. Painting the hallway a dark shade of paint make it appear small and cramped. Typically, blue soothes people and yellow stimulates the mind. Allow the paint in the entrance hall to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions before moving on to the next step.

Place a shoe organiser next to the door in your hall. This allows everyone to place their shoes on the organiser instead of tracking mud and dirt into your home. A shoe organiser doubles as a decorative item in the hall.

Place a narrow hall table in the entrance hall of your home. Consider placing the hall table in the middle of a wall, as this allows you to decorate around the table. A hall table is suitable as a place for your purse, briefcase or groceries while removing your shoes.

Place a decorative lamp on your hall table. Turn on the lamp during the evening to create soft lighting in your hall. A lamp does not require a lot of space and provides added detail to the entry hall.

Place a large floor plant next to your hall table and a coat tree on the opposite side of the table. A large floor plant adds a touch of greenery and life to the hall; a coat tree prevents you from having to walk through the home to hang your coat.

Hang mirrors on the walls with nails and a hammer. Mirrors work well in halls as they create the illusion of a larger room and reflect light within the space. Mirrors do not require any floor space, yet adds a decorative touch to your entry hallway.

Place a small chair in the hall and decorate the chair with two toss pillows. A small chair in the entrance hall of your home invites guests into your home, and provides a place to sit while removing shoes.


Shop thrift stores and consignment stores for decorative items to place in your entry hall as this allows you to save money. If your entry hall is lacking space, select small decorative items to avoid creating a cluttered hall. Include a small table, coat tree and shoe organiser, but skip the chair and floor lamp. A chair and floor lamp requires ample floor space in a hall to avoid cluttering the hall.

Things You'll Need

  • Interior paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Shoe organiser
  • Hall table
  • Lamp
  • Floor plant
  • Coat tree
  • Mirrors
  • Small chair
  • Toss pillows
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Stephanie Nolan has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles appear on various websites, where she specializes in topics about home improvement, parenting and interior design. Nolan holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.