Entry Table Decorating Ideas - The Decorating School

Styling: Emma Blomfield Photography: Tanika Blair

Though the front door is the true “first impression” most will have of your home, in reality, it is the entrance that brings an immediate sense of what lies beyond in terms of tone, and décor. If you have a front hall with room for a hall table, you can take some steps to style it and make it a nice inviting nook in your home. It can too easily become a “catch all” for the items you tend to have in hand each day you enter.

Begin styling the table by cutting the clutter of day-to-day “stuff”. For example, do you want people to enter your home and encounter a cluttered table with keys? No, you want them to be greeted by a functional space that expresses something about your style while also housing all you need it to.

Some homes have expansive halls that can accommodate a credenza or cabinet that features drawers and cupboards and can function as storage for everything from seasonal totes and shoes to decorative objects. If your entry way hasn’t been blessed by the space gods, your hall table may only allow enough space for a narrow console table to display a table lamp and a catch all tray for keys and perhaps a welcoming candle.

Some of the most common items to consider will include:

  • Lamps
  • Mirrors
  • Vases
  • Trinkets
  • 2-3 Books
  • Potted Indoor Plants
  • Trays
  • Candles
  • A stack of magazines or books
  • Photo Frames

To bring it together you may have small corner table displaying a lamp, a few small coloured glass bottles for fresh flowers, and a tiny trinket from your travels on top of one or two books.

The key is to consider the functionality of the table, choosing a style that works well with the décor and space, and then aligning your table styling items with the décor of the home.