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In our favorite 6 entryway ideas, function comes first!

1. Center of Attention

Trippy, Art Deco–inspired wallpaper distracts the eye from the entry’s limited dimensions and makes a grand statement in a less-than-grand hall.

2. Divide And Conquer

Cubbyholes like these–which once held mail and keys at a paris hotel–keep shoes in pairs, scarves, and mittens off the floor, and chaos at bay.

3. The Perfect Pair

Not every apartment has a luxe foyer, but every home can have an entryway. A place to sit and a place to set things down are all you need.

4. Out of the Closet

Improvise a coatrack with some inventive repurposing: These French meat hooks (with the pointy ends filed down) are affixed to a plank of shiny mahogany.

5. In Good Light

Sconces save precious table and floor space and introduce just the right amount of mystery and glamour to a neutral hallway.

6. Sit and See

A rustic bench provides enough seating for a family to boot up and can also be a way station for bags. A rotating display of artwork is a sophisticated counterpoint.