A room’s function is defined by its furniture. Some spaces, like the living room, are no-brainers: A sofa, rug, and coffee table are always a solid start. Other areas, like the entryway, are less obvious. Bench or console? Fresh flowers or a potted plant? Coatrack or wall hook? The sheer number of combinations and possibilities is dizzying. Fortunately, Nate Berkus decided to clear the air.

“A chic entryway doesn’t need to be complicated,” the designer declared in an Instagram post on Monday. In a short video tutorial, he breaks down the anatomy of a well-styled foyer—and his list is surprisingly short. According to Berkus, all great entrances have six (yes, only six) things in common. These are the essentials: 

A Mirror

The Octagon by Clara Von Zweigbergk, Domestic ($73)
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For last-minute makeup fixes and wardrobe adjustments, a large mirror is a lifesaver when you’re in a rush. 

A Console Table

Now House by Jonathan Adler Josef Console Table, Amazon ($295.99)
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A sturdy console table is the backbone of the space. This Jonathan Adler design understands the value of a first impression. 

Lighting 

Flowerpot by Verner Panton 1969, &Tradition ($580)
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A gloomy entrance is not an option. Verner Panton’s iconic Flowerpot lamp is the perfect size and silhouette for a narrow hallway. 

Storage

Seagrass Fringe Basket, Target ($29.99)
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Coats, boots, umbrellas—really, anything you’d be tempted to toss on the floor—can live happily in a basket. 

A Favorite Book

Michael De Feo: Flowers, Amazon ($25)
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Pepper the tabletop with a bold coffee-table book or two for some visual interest. Bonus: You can leaf through it when you’re waiting on others to head out the door. 

A Dish for Keys

Bits and Bobs Dot, HAY ($10)
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When your keys aren’t sitting safe and sound in this catchall dish, you can admire its lilac base.

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