With clever organization, pieces that serve a purpose and impactful accents, you’ll be on your way to the ultimate entryway.

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The foyer is the first and last thing you see when walking through your front door, so it should leave you feeling nothing short of inspired, organized and on top of your game.

There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day to an uninspiring space filled with unopened mail, piles of shoes and other miscellaneous junk waiting to be stored away. While your life might be running a million miles an hour, your foyer should be a space to pause, reflect and get re-energized.

How do you make such a traditionally small space feel invigorating and perfectly organized? With clever organization, pieces that serve a purpose and impactful accents, you’ll be on your way to the ultimate entryway. These five foyer décor ideas are a great place to begin.

1. Start with seating

Think function first: Of course you want your foyer to be bold and beautiful, but you also want it to serve its purpose. Start with an entryway bench for people to sit on, coupled with a set of hooks for anything from hats to handbags. Then you can start building to create the space you’ll love.

2. Layer up

The key to a truly beautiful entryway: layering. For instance, a console table will always look more put together with a pair of baskets or stools underneath it, and a mirror or artwork above it. The goal isn’t to over-accessorize, but rather to add items that are both purposeful and beautiful.

3. Work from the ground up

If there’s one item that can instantly transform the look of your foyer, it’s an antique rug. Worn-out Turkish rugs have a certain texture and dimension that’s often hard to find in entryways, particularly ones that have blank walls and not too much architectural impact.

4. Make art your focus

Take advantage of the wall facing you when you walk in by hanging your favorite piece of art. This is the first thing people will see when they walk into your home, so it should be personable and purposeful.

5. Light it up

Don’t just resort to a boring flush-mount light fixture — pick a pendant that will make a statement and cast a flattering light on your space (and don’t forget to put it on a dimmer). If you can only have one light source in the space, better make it a good one.