Entance hallways or foyers are such important spaces in a home - no matter how big or small - They are often the forgotten space as they are decorated for practical purposed or treated as a pass through area. They are particularly important in my mind as it is the first impression people have of you and your home. There is a saying that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression". So very true - I always use plants, flowers or topiary potted in planters to help bring the outside in. Table, mirror or chair are a must. Mirror opens up the space and is also practical to do a final check on one's appearance before leaving the home. A hanging pendant light brings a touch of glamour.
In Asia, the tradition of leaving shoes at the front door before you enter also requires storage - add texture via wicker baskets or hampers. Small ottoman to sit on to put your shoes on is another alternative to the chair. Chest of drawers and secretaries in a hallway area a versatile way to hide clutter. It can be used also as a space for an impromptu bar when you have guests over.