6 small entryway floor ideas for fab first impressions

Steal our expert style with small entryway floor ideas to keep your hallway fresh

Small entryway floor ideas make the space look flawless. Here are three gorgeous small entryways - one with black and white tiles, one with a colorful runner rug, and one with wooden flooring
(Image credit: Walls and Floors / Ruggable / Christian Harder for ASH Staging)

Turn floors flawless with small entryway floor ideas from our talented interior designers. 

Whether you're renting or renovating your home, we have inspiration underfoot for every taste and circumstance. From ceramics, bold patterns, or rugs that float your boat, at least one of our expert small entryway floor ideas will grab you. 

Carefully thought-out flooring is one of the most effective small entryway ideas, helping pull together the other elements you’ve curated to reflect your tastes in this little space. Our six expert-approved floor design ideas await.

Small entryway floor ideas

If you've been decorating your small entryway and feeling as if something is missing, give the floor a revival with our expert tips and stylish buys.

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1. Choose natural or durable materials

A small entryway with a gray wall, a wooden console table with decor on it, and tiled flooring

(Image credit: Hyperion Tiles)

For those who own their home or have easy-going landlords, pick natural stone like slate or travertine, or hardwood for a touch of earthy elegance.

Mohammad Ahmed, interior designer and founder of The Home Guidance  says, “You can choose ceramic or porcelain too, with bonus points if they have texture for extra grip for safety.” 

Opting for natural and durable materials for your small entryway flooring idea will help it withstand the test of time. “This is your high-traffic zone, so pick materials able to handle muddy boots, dripping umbrellas, and the occasional rogue soccer ball,” says Mohammad.

A picture of Mohammad Ahmed in a brown suit
Mohammad Ahmed

Mohammad Ahmed is an interior designer and home expert. He has worked as an interior designer in various companies, designing functional and beautiful spaces for clients.

2. Play with patterned tiles

A small entryway with white walls, a blue door, a gold console table, and black and white tiles

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Make a dramatic statement in your entryway by bringing in bold patterns on your tiles.

Mohammad says, “Geometric designs, Moroccan mosaic vibes, or even a subtle herringbone can add personality and break up the monotony of a plain floor.”

Just remember, scale is key. Opt for smaller patterns in tight spaces to avoid overwhelming the eye.

3. Throw down a runner rug

A white entryway with a wooden floor with a colorful runner rug on it

(Image credit: Ruggable)

If you’re renting and are stuck with the same flooring, you can still cover it up with this clever small entryway floor idea.

“I like using floor runners in bright colors or bold patterns to add character and personality to the space,” says Raf Michalowski, interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture

Raf Michaelowski, Interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture
Raf Michalowski

Raf Michalowski is an interior designer. He is also the founder of Meble Furniture, which is one of the largest leading furniture retailers within North America.

He continues, “These small entryway rugs can also help create a visual flow from the entryway to the rest of your home.”

Not only this, but the elongated length can also make your entryway appear bigger. Bonus.

4. Pick a well-fitting rug

A small entryway with a wooden door, blue rug, and white console table with decor on it

(Image credit: Ruggable)

While using a rug will elevate your small entryway floor, choosing a rug too big in proportion can overwhelm the space. Raf says, “If you have a small entryway, avoid using overly large rugs or ones too small for the space, as this can make it look cramped or disproportionate.”

Instead, he says it’s important to go for a rug just the right size to fit your entryway, as well as one to complement the overall design of your home.

Unsure of the size of your entryway? Find out what it is with a measuring tape (we like this Amazon Basics tape measure), jot down the measurements, and have these in hand when shopping.

5. Go for marble textures

An entryway with marble tiles, blye walls, and a pink console table

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

Your home might not be a hotel, but you can give it a five-star entrance with this small entryway floor texture. “Marble designs add luxury and sophistication to make a memorable first impression,” says Keely Smith, lead interior designer at JD Elite Interiors

A picture of Keely Smith in a black top, next to a black and white wall
Keely Smith

Keely Smith is the lead interior designer at JD Elite Interiors. With more than 10 years experience, Keely has helped numerous businesses and individuals realize their interior design goals.

She continues, “As high-traffic areas, they also stand up well to wear and tear over time.”

Best of all, Keely says this pattern is highly versatile and can accommodate any design style, from traditional to modern. “I love pairing marble with tiles or layered rugs for a curated, personalized look,” she adds.

If you haven’t got a budget for actual marble — we aren’t living in luxe resorts, either — you can use peel-and-stick tiles for a similar visual effect. This will still make your small entryway look expensive.

6. Keep it simple

A small entryway with green walls, wooden floors, a runner rug, and a black wooden console table

(Image credit: Christian Harder for ASH Staging)

Small spaces love light, so ditch the dark, dingy floors and opt for something brighter. 

Mohammad explains, “Light gray, warm beige, or even a cheerful white can make your small entryway feel instantly bigger and more welcoming.” No wonder as these hues are the best shades for making a small entryway appear lighter.

If you do crave color, add it with a patterned rug or a pop of artwork on the wall, keeping the floor base airy.

As well as looking at style, it's also important to find materials you can clean easily, as this is the area in the house you'll have your shoes on the most. Having a couple of cleaning supplies in your small hallway will help maintain a clean, fresh entrance.

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.