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5 Creative Ways to Use an Entryway Cabinet

by Walker Furniture

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At a Glance:

About Entryway Cabinets

Styles of Entryways

5 Creative Ways to Use an Entryway Cabinet

Favorite Entryway Cabinets

How to Choose an Entryway Cabinet

FAQ

Why Trust Us?

First impressions leave a lasting impact, and your entryway is the first impression people get when they enter your home. Don’t overlook the importance of carrying your design into the entryway too. It is the perfect space to infuse personality whether that’s through an eclectic cabinet, a patterned rug, unique wall art, or an oversized mirror.

Because you don’t spend a lot of time in your entryway, it’s also the perfect place to take a design risk and go for something bold that you might not put in your living or dining room. Also, couldn’t we all use a little more storage and organization in our lives? Your entryway can provide that too.

It all begins with choosing the right entryway cabinet and then styling it out with intentionality. In this article, we’ll discuss different styles you can try out in your entryway and offer 5 creative ways to use an entryway cabinet in your space. Then, we’ll recommend 6 of our favorite entryway cabinets from Walker Furniture.

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About Entryway Cabinets

Entryway cabinets, often referred to as foyer cabinets or hallway cabinets, have become an increasingly popular addition to homes and apartments. These versatile pieces of furniture serve multiple purposes, making them an attractive choice for homeowners looking to enhance both the functionality and aesthetics of their entryways.

At its core, an entryway cabinet is a storage solution designed specifically for the entry or foyer area of a home. They come in various sizes, styles, and configurations, allowing homeowners to choose the one that best fits their space and needs. Typically, they feature a combination of open shelves, drawers, and closed cabinets, offering ample storage for various items like shoes, keys, bags, and other essentials.

One thing worth noting here is the difference between an entryway and a mudroom. Mudrooms serve a practical purpose and typically feature hangers, peg rails, coat racks, and open storage. Entryways tend to be a bit more formal, and even when they’re geared toward storage, the goal is to create a refined, clutter-free space where stored items aren’t on full display.

Why Use an Entryway Cabinet?

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The primary purpose of entryway cabinets is to provide organized storage and help declutter the entryway. This is essential in maintaining a tidy and welcoming atmosphere in the home. By offering designated spaces for items that are commonly found in the entryway, these cabinets help keep the area clean and visually appealing. They also make it easier for residents to find and access their belongings quickly when leaving or entering the house.

Beyond their practicality, entryway cabinets have gained popularity due to their aesthetic appeal. They come in a wide range of designs, materials, and finishes, allowing homeowners to select options that match their interior decor style. From sleek and modern cabinets to rustic or traditional designs, these cabinets can seamlessly integrate into any home's ambiance, enhancing its overall look and feel.

Moreover, entryway cabinets often serve as a focal point in the foyer, creating a striking first impression for visitors. Their presence not only adds a touch of elegance but also provides an opportunity for personalization through decor and accessories, such as mirrors, artwork, or decorative vases, further enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the entryway.

Styles of Entryways

The style of your entryway, even if you decide to go a little bolder, should work well with the design style of the rooms around it. It’s not necessary to be matchy-matchy–you can definitely use that wallpaper you fell in love with–but it should all be cohesive, as if it belongs to the same design family.

Here are 6 popular design styles and how you can incorporate them into your entryway design.

Traditional

Creating a traditional entryway design involves incorporating classic elements such as ornate furniture, antique accents, and timeless color palettes. Incorporate a grand chandelier or a vintage mirror to add a touch of elegance, complemented by rich, warm tones and traditional furniture pieces like console tables with intricate detailing.

Transitional

For a transitional entryway, blend traditional and contemporary elements. Opt for furniture with clean lines and neutral colors, combining classic and modern art pieces. A balance of textures and materials, such as a mix of wood and metal, can create a seamless transition between styles.

Contemporary

front view of a white contemporary entryway cabinet

In a contemporary entryway design, focus on sleek lines, minimalism, and neutral color schemes. Use statement lighting fixtures, modern art, and furniture with clean, geometric shapes. Consider a bold accent color to add vibrancy while maintaining a minimalist aesthetic.

Modern

For a modern entryway, prioritize simplicity and functionality. Choose furniture with clean lines and neutral colors, emphasizing open spaces. Incorporate statement pieces like abstract sculptures or modern wall art. Opt for functional storage solutions to maintain a clutter-free environment.

Farmhouse

Farmhouse entryways exude a rustic, cozy charm. Use reclaimed wood for furniture and incorporate vintage items like baskets or galvanized metal decor. Warm, earthy tones and a welcoming, lived-in feel define this style.

Eclectic

Eclectic entryway designs embrace a mix of styles and elements. Combine various textures, colors, and patterns in furniture, rugs, and decor. Incorporate unique, statement pieces and showcase a diverse range of art and artifacts. Embrace creativity and individuality to curate a visually dynamic and personalized entryway space.

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5 Creative Ways to Use an Entryway Cabinet

front view of a white entryway area with white cabinets, a black coat rack, and miscellaneous items like purses, jackets, and an umbrella stored around.

Now, let's explore 5 creative ways to use your entryway cabinet.

1. Bring in the Houseplants

You can style your entryway cabinet with houseplants, creating a fresh and lively first impression. Houseplants are a simple and budget-friendly way to elevate a room and add color whether through blooms or interesting pots.

2. Organize the Kids’ Stuff

Ever feel like you're running out of storage for your child's favorite toys? From art supplies to board games and collected treasures, you can begin to clutter your living room with all of these things if you don’t have an organization plan. An entryway storage cabinet with doors is a great opportunity to organize art supplies, store board games, and have a go-to place for random on-the-go items. You can even set it in your schedule to clean out and rehome everything that ends up inside the entryway cabinet at the end of the month.

3. Display Your Favorite Photos

Have a favorite art piece or precious family photos? Place them on top of your entryway cabinet! That way, they’re the first things guests see when they walk in, and you’ll get to see them often as you pass through the entryway and go in and out the front door.

4. Spotlight Your Favorite Finds

Your entryway cabinet can be a place to show off your vintage treasures. This can be a great way to infuse farmhouse or eclectic style into your home, but that doesn’t mean vintage pieces can’t be contemporary. For example, striking sculptural accessories can work well in a modern or contemporary design.

5. Play with Pattern

A neutral entryway cabinet paves the way for playing with pattern and color in your space. If you’ve been hoarding wallpaper samples, this is the time to let your imagination run wild and go for it!

Favorite Entryway Cabinets

Keep reading for 6 of our favorite cabinet entryway picks from Walker Furniture.

Library Accent Cabinet

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This glass door entryway cabinet is perfect for those who want to display their favorite treasures and flea market finds. With its mix of materials, including glass, wood, and brass hardware, this cabinet is ideal for a vintage, eclectic, or even mid-century modern design. Think about what art or mirror you could hang above it to create a focal point in your entryway.

Angels 2 Door Cabinet (Grey)

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This tall shoe cabinet entryway pick is a contemporary option with plenty of storage. Inside, you’ll find several shelves and even storage for 16 wine bottles, which can cleverly be used for things like compact umbrellas or rolled up scarves. The unique door fronts add visual interest while the chrome stainless steel base adds sophistication and polish.

Greyish Dining Server

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This greyish, almost black entryway cabinet is ideal for hidden storage. With a combination of drawers and shelves, it is an organizer’s dream. It serves to anchor your entryway and would pair well with a variety of art pieces or mirrors. For a contemporary, modern, or transitional entryway design, this is a functional and versatile option.

Jody Server

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This statement-making entryway cabinet is ideal for a modern glam or eclectic entryway design. It features unique handles, a platinum finish, and texture to add visual interest. We love the mix of hidden storage and open storage along with a countertop that is free for styling with accessories, art, or plants.

Liza Server

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This white cabinet is a sleek, modern option that provides plenty of hidden storage. The combination of white, frosted glass, and stainless steel makes it perfect for a modern, modern glam, or contemporary design. The restrained color palette allows you to create a calm and neutral space or to amp up color elsewhere with paint, a patterned rug, or wallpaper.

Zayden Dining Server

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This dining server is perfect for the entryway, offering hidden storage and a combination of shelves and drawers. The combination of wood and metal gives it a modern feel while the uniquely shaped handles add an eclectic twist.

How to Choose an Entryway Cabinet

To choose the right entryway cabinet for your space, you need to consider the space constraints and layout of your space. You also need to factor in your favorite design style along with the silhouettes, color palettes, and materials that go along with that style. Possibly the most important factor, though, is the purpose of your space. How much storage do you need, and what type of items do you want to display?

When choosing an entryway cabinet, do not limit yourself to exactly that. Many times, dining servers and sideboards can have the same function, in even more design styles and storage solutions.

Finding the perfect entryway cabinet can set the tone for the style of your home and make a great first impression when guests walk into the door. It’s important to keep it in the same design and color family as the rest of your home, but it’s also a great place to display your favorite items, take a bold risk, and express your unique style.

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FAQ

What do you put in a foyer cabinet?

It’s up to you! A foyer cabinet is a great place to store shoes, keys, purses, loose papers, holiday decor, art supplies, and board games.

What should I keep in my entryway?

An entryway is an excellent place to have a cabinet, art, a mirror, or a bench. You can store whatever you need in your entryway, but common items include shoes, keys, and umbrellas.

How can I make my entryway more welcoming?

Adding color, texture, and lighting can make your entryway more welcoming. A pop of color, a patterned rug, and a unique light fixture each go a long way in creating an inviting space.

What furniture goes in an entryway?

Entryway cabinets, small dressers, console tables, and benches are common entryway furniture options.

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