Entryways are a lot like first impressions: they set the tone for the rest of your home. The last thing you want to do is keep it bare — there should still be a cohesive look that's pulled together with a few key pieces. Take the design effect that Lauren Gordy created, for instance. Thanks to a table that's short on width and high in style, she was able to add a few minimal decor items that come together for a subtle but compelling visual. First, the planter adds some height and coordination to the mix, while natural twin ottomans ground the surrounding pieces in eye-pleasing symmetry. Then, the bold rug brings in bright colors and shapes, which is the perfect foil to the simple light overhead. Nevertheless, it's the big round mirror that's doing the most heavy lifting: it's defining the area and acting as artwork. Incorporate a large mirror close to your front door to instantly brighten and streamline this space.
Short on square footage? You should also add a mirror to make an entryway feel larger.