Good, Better, Best: Entryway

What does your entryway say about your house? Does it make a good first impression? Heed this advice to help put your home's best foot forward.


An unexpected piece of furniture, such as a dresser, grounds the space visually while providing much needed front hall storage. Create further interest with wallpaper.


Above and below: pendant light, Universal Lighting; wallpaper, Farrow & Ball; dresser, InVU Drapery Co..


A table lamp offers additional light and makes the space feel more welcoming. Here's a tip: Set it on a timer so it's always on when you arrive home from work.


Above and below: table lamp and print, InVU Drapery Co.; silver clock, HomeSense; tray and decorative boxes, West Elm.


The best entryway is as funtional as it is stylish. Add hooks, a boot tray, umbrella stand and chair to ensure that the space serves your needs. Extend the vignette out from the wall with an area rug but keep it free of furniture.


Above: umbrella stand, Dartford Home Inc. (416-487-0667); hooks, Lee Valley Tools; boot tray, HomeSense; area rug, throw cushion and chair, West Elm.


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