How to arrange accessories in the entryway

Decorate the entryway
The entryway is the first impression friends and family will have of your home. The room should be filled with accessories you love — photographs, found objects and treasured books. Back–to–back entryway benches placed across from a wall lined with more benches separate the entryway from the rest of the house while providing the perfect introduction to the rest of your home.

Create a gallery wall
To create a gallery wall like the one here, hang photographs in varying of shapes and sizes in a grid that is pleasing to the eye. Plan the layout of your picture frames before hanging them on the wall or by arranging them on a workspace or floor. Smaller frames have more impact when grouped together; a large frame may stand alone. Place your frames at eye level, usually five feet from the floor. Hang them higher if your room has high ceilings.

Choose bold wall color
The entry is your chance to experiment and try interesting paint color ideas you might not consider in other rooms of your home. Keep in mind, however, that you need to choose a color that makes a smooth transition to harmonize with adjoining rooms. Consider continuing the entryway color into the living room as a directional clue. Here, Bennington Gray from Benjamin Moore, pairs beautifully with the furnishings and accessories, creating an adaptable backdrop for the room's rich mixture of shapes and colors.