The entry is the first thing you see when you walk into someone's house, so it has to give a first good impression of its owners. Right?
I personally like simple shelves in white washed oak for adding texture and warmth, while still keeping a clean design.
So you buy functional and modern furniture to hide everything in. Clean walls, clean console, clean floors. When I write clean I mean overly tidy. Everything looks clean and you have this great sensation of calmness that tidy rooms can provide (I also get that feeling sometimes). So you tend to skip the "add-some-details-act".
Now, imagine you are a guest coming into your home. Try to see your entry with his eyes and FEEL the atmosphere. What does the entryway tell you about the persons living in there? If the answer is "Not much", you HAVE to add a bit of personality in the space.
You don't need much:
A rug will add texture and depth to the room. A runner will draw your guest into the home. A plant (or flowers) will give a lived-in feeling. A seat is functional (to put your shoes on and off) and inviting (rooms without seats are awkward).
Of course, you could add a piece of art that you love (it will tell more about you and your tastes).
With just these few elements, you can go from cold minimalist to inviting minimalist.