Three Decor Ideas for a Small Entryway Table

First impressions are everything, right? Your home’s entryway sets the tone for your whole house, so when guests arrive you want it to look good! Entryways are easy to neglect though, since most of us just quickly pass through them on our way out the door or up the stairs. In today’s post, I’m sharing three decor ideas for a small entryway table.

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First, before you start styling your entryway table, ensure that you pair it with an eye-catching piece of artwork or a mirror that appropriately fits the wall. I searched high and low before stumbling upon this Allen + Roth Arched Mirror. While the width of our main entryway wall is quite narrow, we have 10 foot ceilings. So I had been on the hunt for a vertical mirror, which also makes our small entryway feel a bit larger.

I never would have even thought of Lowes for mirrors. However, this arched mirror caught my eye during one of our usual weekend trips – and it happened to be the exact size I was looking for. Not to mention, the price couldn’t be beat considering I had been looking at similar mirrors for well over double and triple the price, including this Adelaide Wall Mirror from Anthropologie and this Stella Scalloped Mirror from Pottery Barn. Who doesn’t love a deal?!

OK, let’s jump on into my three decor ideas for a small entryway table!

1. Make a Statement with a Stylish Lamp

Finding a lamp that fits your small entryway table can be tricky! Trust me on that one! A while back, I ordered (and then returned) five different lamps before settling on this adorable pineapple lamp that has a gold stem. Also, how fun is the gold lining on the inner side of the drum shade? It adds just the right amount of pizzazz to this otherwise simple, all-white lamp. My entry table is 31.5” wide and the other lamps that I ordered either overwhelmed the space, or were too tiny. I found this 23” lamp with a medium sized base to provide the perfect scale.

Small entry table with a lamp

Once you select a lamp that fits your space, add 2-3 coffee table books stacked on top of one another. Since my lamp is all white, I opted to use books to add some color. “Dream Decor” and “Surf Shack have perfect coastal blue spines that pair amazingly with bright white. Definitely take your time finding that perfect combination of books to match the color scheme you’re going for. If you opt for a colored lamp such as light blue or soft gray, you can pair it with white books to keep the table looking bright and inviting.

Now that you have your coffee table books selected, place a small to medium-sized planter on top of the books.

Stacked books with a planter

I also love incorporating a coastal print, and leaning it against the main mirror or artwork. If doing so, I recommend selecting a print that’s subtle with soft colors, and one that pulls in one or two of the colors from your books and lamp. This will ensure the print complements your other decor, without making your small entryway table look too busy.

Coastal Artwork

2. Pair a Lantern with Beads

When styling a small entryway table, I like to make just one tall item my main focal point. Give your small entryway table decor a coastal look by adding a medium to large lantern with some dune grass placed inside. While I used the real deal, you can easily use faux dune grass

Pair a lantern with beads

Beads are one of my favorite accessories at the moment – so simple but provide some nice color and texture. You can add a bowl such as this Lara Bowl from Anthropologie, and then arrange the beads so that they are gently spilling over the side of the bowl. I love these Jumbo Clear Aqua Recycled Glass Beads and they come in a variety of colors. Or, shop your own jewelry collection – the white beads are just a necklace that I’ve owned for years! 🙂

Bowl draped with beads

3. Add Vitality with Flowers or Greens

Nothing adds instant cheer to a space like flowers in a pretty vase. Hydrangeas personally make me think of Martha’s Vineyard, right here off of the coast of Massachusetts. They are everywhere on that small beachy island and the sight of them instantly makes me happy. So whatever type of flower brings a smile to your face, add it to a beautiful ceramic vase such as this Lilian Hand Painted Vase.

Pretty vase with flowers

You also can’t go wrong with simple vase of greens in a soft, muted vase. The best part? You can display them year-round if you’re not one who likes to worry about changing up decor seasonally. 

Or, instead of flowers display greens

I hope these three options provide you with some decor ideas for your small entryway table. Have fun with styling your table, and play around with different combinations of items to see what you like best in your own space. That’s the fun part!

For some additional inspiration, take a peek at, and follow my Entryways & Mudrooms board on Pinterest. There are some beautifully designed spaces there from across the web that I know you’ll love!

If you’re looking for more home decor ideas, check out my Five Coastal Bookshelf Essentials post.

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Three Decor Ideas for a Small Entryway Table


  1. August 5, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    Love these idea Kerry! I am in the process of redoing my entry way so thanks for the tips.

    • August 14, 2020 / 12:52 pm

      Ooooh let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  2. Lauren
    August 7, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    What a pretty space! Great tips!

    • August 7, 2020 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you Lauren, and so glad they were helpful! 🙂

  3. Amelia
    August 7, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    Love the book and plants ideas!!

    • August 7, 2020 / 2:41 pm

      I have such an obsession with books because they work with any decor style and you can always find books to match the color scheme of any room. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. August 7, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    Beautiful ideas! I need some help to brighten up my entry way. Thank you!

    • August 7, 2020 / 2:44 pm

      Entryways can be so fun to update! Thanks for taking the time to read the post Tricia! 🙂

  5. August 7, 2020 / 2:17 pm

    Love these coastal decorating tips, I love the diversity of different decor options. I’ve been eyeing beads lately too, thanks for sharing.

    • August 7, 2020 / 2:46 pm

      Mila, aren’t beads so fun? Placed in bowls, on a tray, draped around the neck of a vase – the possibilities are endless and they really jazz up a space with such little effort!

  6. August 9, 2020 / 10:30 pm

    Great ideas- thank you. Totally agree the hallway should not be ignored.