How to Decorate Your Front Entryway


Entryway Gallery Wall Design Ideas

It’s funny how, when it comes to decorating, most of the rooms in my home have been on my “priority” list BEFORE the front entryway area. Looking back, I wonder….why?

Why would I not focus on the absolute first thing people see of our house when they walk in the door.

Seems like that should have been a no-brainer to me.

Hindsight is 20-20.

Entryway Gallery Wall Design

front entryway decorating ideas - memories

Anyway, I finally came to my senses and decided it was time to add some style to the entryway. If you have been coming over for the last 2.5 years? I apologize for the disappointment you may have felt while entering my home.

I post all these lovely pictures of my home on the blog and then you come over {to drop something off let’s say}…and all you see is the entryway area. You probably left feeling cheated.

I get it.

Well, I didn’t get it. But, I do now.

It all began when my neighbor text me a picture of this new piece of wall art that she found at Ross.  I love the meaning behind the words on this canvas.

front entryway decorating ideas love wall art

I immediately thought it would be a perfect fit for our bedroom. But after rushing out to Ross {after getting my neighbors permission to copy her} I realized that there was no where in our master bedroom that it looked right.

That’s when “project makeover the entryway” began.

front entryway decorating ideas

But, because it looked very alone to hang it by itself, I had to find MORE things to hang. This project went from hanging one new canvas to re-doing an entire gallery wall.

front entryway decorating ideas - how to hang pictures

I love that this is the first impression people will get now when they enter our home.

A hodge-podge of things that mean something to our family. A lamp from my Grandma B’s, an anniversary date framed, family photos, and the meaning behind love…the foundation we raise our children on. A great way to add character to your home.

front entryway decorating ideas - adding character

front entryway decorating ideas - picture frame

I tried to keep the opposite wall a little simpler. I figured the one wall had a lot going on so I needed to even it out by being calm on the other side.

front entryway decorating ideas - mirrors

One of the most unique ideas to adding character {to any room of your house really } is to paint your ceiling a bold color. I absolutely LOVE the dark chocolate ceiling that we have in the entryway. Our ceiling finish is flat so that makes it stand out even more.

front entryway decorating ideas - painted ceiling

So, now when you come over I hope you will feel like the style is set from the moment you walk in the door.

front entryway decorating ideas

Update entryway makeover – CLICK HERE!


The Details:

Paint Color {light}: Valspar Signature Lambs Ear
Paint Color {ceiling & pillars}: Glidden Bittersweet Chocolate
Floor Vase: Pier I
Weaved Basket: Target
“Love” Canvas: Ross
Anniversary Date Framed: Frame The Date
Canvas Prints:
“Bless This House”: Hobby Lobby
“Life is Good”: Hobby Lobby
“Follow Your Dream”/”Dreams Come True”: Wal-Mart
White Frame: Ikea
“Live” Mirror Wall Art: Hobby Lobby
Open Frame: Hobby Lobby
Gold & Black Vase: Pier I
Coat Stand: Ikea
Black Candle Holders: Hobby Lobby
Table: Target
3 Mirrors: Target
Large Canvas: World Market


  1. Sharon says

    I’m trying to recreate your ideas into my own for our entry way. I really like the small piece of art to the right of your B&W photo. Did you make that or find it in a store?

  2. Kelly says

    This is absolutely beautiful–love it!! I’ve read all the comments & looked over the details and I didn’t see anything about that lamp. Where did you find that shade? It goes so well with the “Bless this House” sign.

  3. Amy says

    Hi – I love your style! We are in the process of building our home. A question for you: what’s is your wood floor? You’ve done a beautiful job on your home!

    • says

      Thank you Amy! It’s a hand scraped hickory by Shaw Flooring. I forget the exact color, but it’s definitely more of a medium wood tone.

  4. Kim says

    I love your entryway!! Thanks so much for sharing it!! How high are the ceilings in your entryway? Thanks

  5. Emily says

    Love your home, beautiful! Silly question, where did you get the shirts with the initials that your boys are wearing in the cute family photo? I would love those for my two boys.

    • says

      Thank you! I got them from a friend who made them, but she no longer makes them. I bet you could find something similar on etsy!

  6. says

    Absolutely stunning. Imagine the mood you create now when people visit your home. Thanks for inspiring my wife and me this morning!

  7. lisa gonzales says

    love what you did with the entryway. I was actually working on that today and then started looking on the internet to see what other sites had and I stumbled on to yours! Thanks for sharing all the great information. Looking forward to coming back!

  8. Christina Williams says

    I just had to tell you that I was looking on my daughters Pinterest boards and she has your entryway posted! I was thinking that it looked so familiar! Thought it was funny that I followed your blog and she had something posted she loved!! Have a great evening ????

  9. Sharon says

    I have looked almost everywhere for your unique black pillars and can’t find them. How tall are they?

    Thank you,

  10. libby says

    Hi, I wanted to ask what is the size of the “Love” canvas? and size of the family picture canvas?
    thx so much!


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