Entryway Design 101



Your entryway is the first thing you, your family, and your guests see when entering your home. Whether you want to make a good first impression with a grand entrance, want to have a space tailored to your family’s needs, or both, our designers at Dalton Carpet One know all the ways to make your ideas come to life! Make an appointment today to discuss entryway design and continue reading for ideas for your entryway.


Make Room for Storage


Your main entryway can be a busy spot for your home. With lots of foot traffic comes lots of shoes, backpacks, keys, and other important items that might be tossed aside after a long day. This can create clutter and lead to misplaced items. To avoid the early morning backpack hunt or the search for misplaced keys, a mudroom with custom cabinets is a common solution.


Whether your entryway is off the garage or just inside your front door, it is the perfect solution to entryway clutter! Built-in cabinets are a great way to organize everyday items you want to access easily. Hooks can be a great addition to hang backpacks, purses, leashes, and keys for quick access. With backpacks and other items on the hooks, it might start to feel cluttered if you hang coats and other accessories as well. If you want to store coats and other cold weather accessories near your entryway, a storage cabinet in the mudroom can be the perfect place for extra hanging storage.


entryway design mudroom built in cabinets


Cabinet drawers or custom pullouts are also a great place to stow your shoes when you come home. If you want to save space and add some color or pattern, installing a bench above the shoe drawers creates an area for putting on and taking off shoes. Cabinet extras, such as metal or mesh inserts allow your shoes to air out without being an eye sore in your entryway. Read our blog “How to Add Personality to Your Cabinets” to learn more about how cabinet inserts can spruce up your custom-built mudroom.


custom cabinet inserts entryway design mudroom


Add a Statement Piece


A stair runner, an area rug, wallpaper, or a statement light fixture are all great ways to create a focal point when thinking about entryway design. If your stairs are a part of your entryway, a stair runner can add a statement piece to your entryway. We have many stair-runner options from patterns like animal print to jute, and many other ways that will complement your space. Stair runners are also great at camouflaging muddy footprints, spills, and other messes from everyday life. Visit our Stair Runner project page for some inspiration for your space!


stair runner entryway design


Wallpaper has made a comeback and is a great way to make a statement in your entryway. It can be as small as a single wall or as large as the hallway in your entryway — no matter how big or small, either one will bring life into your space. Finding an accent rug to complement your wallpaper will create depth and make your space feel more balanced. Visit our Aegean Teal and Coral Reef inspiration pages to see ways to bring in elements like wallpaper, accent rugs, light fixtures, tile, and more to add texture to your entryway.


Left- Thibaut Kachina woven fabric in Green, Left Middle- Painted Desert Wallpaper in Green and Blue, Right Middle- Thibaut Andros Grasscloth in Coral, Right- Jaipur Desert Flatwoven

Left- Thibaut Kachina woven fabric in GreenLeft MiddlePainted Desert Wallpaper in Green and Blue, Right Middle- Thibaut Andros Grasscloth in Coral,  Right- Jaipur Desert Flatwoven


Your entryway is the first place you encounter upon entering your home, and often it holds your everyday essentials. Tailoring your entryway to your family’s needs is important for the flow and organization of your home. Making this space functional with custom cabinets and aesthetically pleasing with wallpaper and other elements can be challenging. Finding the perfect balance of these elements is key to a great entryway design, and our designers at Dalton Carpet One are happy to assist you in the process. Visit our Designers page to browse their projects and make an appointment with one today!



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