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10 Stunning Ways to Style Your Entryway

10 Stunning Ways to Style Your Entryway
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Your entryway is the first thing you (and your guests!) see upon arrival, so ensure it makes a lasting impression. Whether you have a grand entry hall or a makeshift foyer nook, there’s plenty you can do to make the space your own. Read on for a few of our favorite ways to decorate this all-important spot—and get inspired to give your own entryway a stylish refresh.

1. Choose a Theme

Sticking with a single, unifying motif in a foyer is a highly original way to introduce guests to your style from the minute they walk in the door. Since most entries are on the smaller side, they’re ideal candidates for an impactful, patterned wallpaper moment.

Photo by Timothy Kolk

Photo by Timothy Kolk

2. Rely on Symmetry and Size

Use symmetry to create order in your entry with matching pairs of lamps and accessories. The perfect entry is a mini moment unto itself, and an oversize mirror is one of the quickest ways to accomplish this. Don’t be afraid to go big—you won’t be sorry.

Photo by William Waldron / The Interior Archive

Photo by William Waldron / The Interior Archive

3. Pick a Palette

Paint is a great way to set the entry hall apart from the adjoining rooms and can also act as the jumping-off point for the furniture and accessories in that space. Pulling in touches of the wall color as part of your entryway vignette makes for an especially pulled-together look.

Photo by Eric Piasecki / The Interior Archive

Photo by Eric Piasecki / The Interior Archive

4. Carve Out an Entryway

If a home’s architecture doesn’t include an obvious area for an entry, establish one with a substantial piece of furniture, such as a chest, to anchor the space. Add a single side chair and you’ve got an instant entryway with a place to sit to take off your shoes.

Photo by Simon Upton / The Interior Archive

Photo by Simon Upton / The Interior Archive

5. Use Pops of Personality

Bright accents in your entry not only add energy to the space, but they also send the message that you have a playful side. The same goes with offbeat additions.  That funky flea-market find could be just the thing to add personality to your passageway.

Photo by Patrick Cline / Lonny

Photo by Patrick Cline / Lonny

6. Go for Multiples

A carefully composed grouping of mirrors is sure to catch the eye in an entry, not to mention reflecting extra bits of light into the space. There are an endless number of ways to hang groupings, so it’s best to play around with paper cutouts of the mirrors until you find the arrangement most pleasing to you.

Photo courtesy of Katie Lydon

Photo courtesy of Katie Lydon

7. Increase Your Closet Space

A chest is a great entry option for those with limited closet space. It’s the perfect place to stash off-season clothes or bulky linens. Keep them guessing by pairing a traditional-style chest with a modern mirror or piece of art, or vice versa.

Photo by William Waldron

Photo by William Waldron

8. Establish a Mini-Room

There’s no reason a foyer can’t be a petite sitting room if you have the space. Using a bench rather than a storage piece and providing a few other places to perch can turn the entry from a pass-through into an extra, intimate seating area.

Photo by Simon Upton / The Interior Archive

Photo by Simon Upton / The Interior Archive

9. Build a Working Way Station

Your entry is the first line of defense when it comes to keeping muddy shoes out of the living room. Supplying ample storage for shoes, gloves, and other essentials will keep the rest of your home looking pristine, no matter the season.

Photo by William Waldron / The Interior Archive

Photo by William Waldron / The Interior Archive

10. Put Passions on Display

Consider your entry a chance to message to guests from the minute they walk in what matters most to you. Books, artwork, and favorite objects are always great additions to the space, regardless of whether it’s a grand entry or an apartment nook.

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4 Responses to “10 Stunning Ways to Style Your Entryway”

  1. Irene Madrid says:

    I did an entry with blues and greens, continuing the coastal cottage theme. My foyer is a room so I was able to include two consoles, a vintage French hamper for shoes, and a hand carved bench by Grandpa Joe. On one side of the foyer, it opens to my living and dining rooms, and on the other, my study. All these rooms flow with the same colors, furniture and accents. So much fun to transform it!

  2. Elsa says:

    I like symmetry! My marble entry consists of two large square smooth-cement planters on balled-feet, with two fig leaf trees; two large bronze dog statues; two steps up to the rotunda, two huge terra-cota urns, two tall candelabras and two large Mackenzie-Childs boxwood planters. Ceilings are very high. I
    love my dramatic entry!

  3. chaya says:

    none of them. my condo is all mid-century modern, so am re-designing my foyer to reflect that.

  4. flower says:

    I am tired of the animal exploitation. So many really are tortured and killed for fashion. Stick with cruelty free products. I find it a crime against society to find this acceptable.

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