10/13/2014 11:30 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Smart Apartment Decorating Ideas for the Foyer

Make a great first impression with a space that is both orderly and welcoming with small space-saving rental friendly ideas.

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

In our favorite 6 entryway ideas, function comes first!

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

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.

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

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.

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

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.

photography by ANITA CALERO

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.

photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

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

photography by MAX KIM-BEE

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.

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