Minimalist entryway ideas — 6 ways to boost a tight space

Keep your space simple and stylish with minimalist entryway ideas experts love

Minimalist entryway ideas are so dreamy. Here are three pictures of these - one of a doorway, one of a hanging storage unit, and one of flowers in an entryway
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When going for a chic understated look, minimalist entryway ideas are the way to go. Keep things simple and uncluttered, and you won’t find yourself tripping up, or scrambling to find what you need.

We’ve talked to interior designers to find out what you can do to curate a pared-down but beautiful finish in this space. From using lighting to create subtle sparkle, to weaving in natural touches, there are many simple ways to nail minimalism.

If you’re searching for small entryway ideas and just want to keep your space cozy and chilled, these sleek tips will help you achieve plenty of style without too much effort.

Minimalist entryway ideas

When decorating your small entryway, you don't have to go bold in order to get a beautiful result. Minimalism is always a winner if done correctly.

As well as chatting to our expert designers, we've also picked out some beautiful buys to help you bring their advice to life in your hallway.

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1. Bring in storage furniture

A white storage bench with blue and white pillows on it with a large pale blue wall art print above it

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Using multifunctional furniture is one of our favorite ways to make small entryways look bigger, as they reduce the need for multiple pieces, which in turn keeps the space open.

“I recommend bringing in storage furniture pieces, as these are practical as well as design-savvy,” says Kathy Kuo, interior designer and CEO of Kathy Kuo Home.

A picture of Kathy Kuo in a kitchen with a blue top on
Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is an interior design expert and founder of Kathy Kuo Home, which is a premiere e-destination with a beautifully curated collection of luxury furniture and decor and interior design services.

She continues, “Think small entryway benches with built-in storage and a console table with multiple levels of shelving."

For those especially tight on room, we recommend opting for a bench, (this Briananthony upholstered small bench from Wayfair has handy drawers) as this gives you somewhere comfortable to sit while putting on shoes. You could repurpose a storage ottoman for this, too.

2. Create a dedicated drop zone

A white entryway with a black coat stand with coats on, a console table, and a bench with blue and burgundy pillows on it

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With smaller entryways you don’t have much room to play with, so it’s a good idea to cluster everything you need in one easily accessed zone.

“In one condo I've designed, a small console table provides a spot for keys and sunglasses, a bench is placed for removing shoes, and I’ve added a minimalist style coat rack for jackets,” says Karen Nepacena, principal designer at Destination Eichler.

A picture of Karen Nepacena, a woman with a black bob wearing a white top, in front of a beige background
Karen Nepacena

Karen Nepacena is the principal designer at Destination Eichler. She’s become one of the country’s leading authorities on mid-century modern design after her firm and blog Destination Eichler, chronicling her family’s journey restoring their Eichler home, captured the attention of numerous publications. 

This means you can keep cool, calm, and collected when leaving the house, as everything you need will already be in one place. 

3. Play with lighting

An entryway with green leafy wallpaper and a wooden table with a white lamp on

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When looking for ways to keep your entryway minimalist, adding dimension with small entryway lighting ideas can add interest while keeping the space sleek.

“A carefully positioned pendant or lights recessed into the ceiling create subtle glamor through shadows and highlights,” says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight.

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky is an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in New York.

If you’re renting and can’t switch up your fixtures, you could also add dimmer bulbs to your entryway, or invest in a table lamp.

4. Create hanging solutions

A white entryway with wooden hanging hooks and a wooden bench with a box on it underneath it, and two stacked drawers on top next to cream upholstered seat

(Image credit: Destination Eichler)

Whether you have a narrow entryway or not, keeping the floor space as clear as possible is one of the best minimalist ideas for hallways.

Karen says, “I like to create hanging solutions, which work well for storing items such as jackets and bags. In this entryway, I’ve styled a vintage hook, along with a petite bench.”

By choosing just a couple of sophisticated pegs, you can add an elegant, quiet luxury vibe your guests will swoon over.

“Pick pieces both visually attractive and useful for bench for minimalist style with purpose,” agrees Artem.

5. Add a natural touch

A white entryway with a glass vase filled with flowers, a candle, and a box on top of a white console table

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Minimalism is all about letting impactful pieces shine, and adding an eye-catching arrangement to your small entryway table decor can look gorgeous. 

Artem explains, “Gather natural touches, for instance, a potted indoor plant or simple, seasonal flowers. They add life and provide a harmonious contrast to clear shapes.”

Choosing air-purifying plants like peace lilies and flowers with delicious scents can freshen up your space and add a natural home fragrance to the room.

6. Pick a monochromatic palette

A white entryway with an open door, blinds, and a wooden table with plants on it

(Image credit: Prestigious Textiles)

If you’re choosing pieces for your entryway, it will look much less busy if you stick with ones in just one color. 

“I’m a big fan of using a monochromatic palette to achieve depth and warmth for a minimalistic finish,” says Artem. “By working with soft textures in one color, you can create a welcoming space, without having an overpowering finish.”

One easy way to do this is to keep with white tones, as this is the best color for small entryways for brighter spaces, thanks to its ability to reflect light.

The most important takeaway is to be intentional about every piece you choose for your minimalist entryway. 

Anything you believe isn’t serving a purpose, or is taking up too much space, can be removed, a key facet of things minimalists never have in small entryways. Ditch the entryway clutter and make space for fabulous small entryway floor ideas.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.