Consider the entrance hall your opportunity to sweep guests off their feet. There’s no shortage of entryway ideas; whether visitors are welcomed into a soaring space crowned with a sparkling chandelier, or a cozy foyer with warm wood floors and a bouquet of blooms, the entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home. If you’re looking for the right inspiration, here are 42 entryway decor ideas that will cause a fantastic first impression!
01. Define Your Color Palette
In the entrance hall of this Minneapolis mansion, designer Michael S. Smith employed a painting by Jacob Kassay, Qing-dynasty vessels, and a tabletop sculpture by Anish Kapoor; the custom-painted fretwork pattern over the dining room doorway is by Gracie.
02. Encourage Lingering
03. Create an Art Gallery
At Obercreek, the Hudson River Valley farm of investor Alex Reese and his wife, architect Alison Spear, the stone-floored entrance hall is lined with family portraits, hung frame to frame on the pale gray walls. Heirloom Windsor chairs flank the front door, and the 19th-century settees are upholstered in a flame stitch by Scalamandré.
04. Draw the Eye In
In a stylish Hamptons home devised by Deborah Berke and decorated by Thomas O’Brien, the latter’s pendant lights from Aero join an Alexandre Noll sculpture (far end) and a Donald Baechler painting (right) in the long entrance hall; an Alexander Calder lithograph is mounted at the bottom of the staircase.
05. Simplify Your Color Palette
In the entrance hall of Steven Klein’s home in Bridgehampton, New York, a striking image that he photographed of Brad Pitt pops against the space’s black, white, and brown palette. Horizontal boards amplify the room’s length and the peaked ceiling lends height and drama.
06. Embrace Multipurpose
A custom-made table anchors a New York City apartment entrance hall that decorator Vicente Wolf conceived as a mini-gallery, with works by Richard Prince, Brice Marden, Eric Fischl, and Thomas Houseago. The large space could easily house a splendid cocktail party, since the long table could serve as a bar, if necessary.
07. Honor Your Heritage
Placing family heirlooms front and center in a home can serve as an immediate conversation starter with guests. The 13th-century entrance hall inside this Irish castle was remodeled in the 1830s after a fire; the 17th-century Brussels tapestries came into the family in 1935.
08. Refresh Guests with Light and Bright Walls
Thanks to bright white walls and shimmering silver flooring, the art pieces really pop in the entrance hall of this home designed by Charles Zana for a couple with a blue-chip contemporary-art collection. A deep red Anish Kapoor sculpture greets visitors, while a text painting by Richard Prince hangs opposite a dramatic glass-bead sculpture by Jean-Michel Othoniel.
09. Offer Ample Seating
The travertine-tiled entrance gallery of Donny Deutsch’s Manhattan townhouse is anchored by bespoke Ingrao Inc. sofas, both upholstered in a Perennials bouclé.
10. Hang a Sculptural Light Fixture
A sunburst of marble and onyx paves the entrance of a Bel Air, California, mansion renovated by Tichenor & Thorp Architects and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Beneath the spiky Jean de Merry ceiling fixture, a Pedro Friedeberg table rises like a golden fountain.
11. Add Dimension
At designer Ralph Lauren’s residence in Bedford, New York, a 19th-century Dutch chandelier presides over the entrance hall. Faux moose head wall mounts and a tall vase add additional dimension to the space, immediately drawing the eye in.
12. Maximize Natural Light
There’s nothing worse than stepping inside and feeling like your surroundings have become distinctly more dull. The entrance hall of interior designer Ray Booth’s Nashville, Tennessee, home is backed by near floor to ceiling windows, creating a sense of breeziness and fostering a connection with the property’s exterior.
13. Add a Center Table
In the baronial entry hall of Tommy Hilfiger’s Connecticut estate, an antique iron chandelier hangs over an 1840s Gothic Revival library entry table and Martyn Lawrence Bullard–designed stools, which are dressed in a Robert Kime print with a Samuel & Sons fringe trim.
14. Try Out A Daybed
At a Southampton home renovated by interior designer David Netto and architect David Hottenroth, a rush basket from Mecox sits beside the door in the entry hall, which is crowned by a Charles Edwards pendant light. A Poul Kjærholm daybed stretches out in front of the fireplace, and the midcentury French shell sconces are from JF Chen.
15. Play with Paint
At Victoria and Vassily V. Sidorov’s country house near Moscow, designer Gabhan O’Keeffe painted the entrance hall to resemble padded white leather. The black-walnut table’s wasp-waist silhouette keeps sight lines open, and the stone floor features a radiant inlaid pattern of limestone and silver mosaic tiles.
16. Bring in Nature
Even in a New York City apartment, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent manage to create a home that feels connected to nature. Earth toned flooring, artwork, and furniture—French limestone floor, a Matt Connors painting, and a 19th-century French pedestal table specifically—create a sharp contrast from the grittiness of the city the moment they step through the door.
17. Utilize Every Inch
Interior designer Tino Zervudachi’s black-and-white Paris entrance hall puts every inch of space to use—including the area underneath the sweeping staircase. The space is often used for dinner parties, thanks to those eye-popping red-leather-clad 19th-century chairs.
18. Embrace Natural Finishes
The light-flooded foyer of this Long Island beachfront home by architect Thomas Kligerman and decorator Elissa Cullman welcomes with its warm, neutral palette and natural finishes; the bespoke door hardware is by the Nanz Co., and the steps are made of reclaimed oak.
19. Choose a Durable Rug
Boasting spectacular views, the entrance hall of a Lake Placid, New York, home by architect Gil Schafer includes a 19th-century gilt-frame mirror from Sutter Antiques, a mahogany trolley from John Rosselli Antiques, and George III side chairs with seats covered in a Bennison floral.
20. Try a Graphic Floor
Black-and-white floor tiles by Clé provide a graphic welcome at the Manhattan duplex apartment of Naomi Watts; the interiors were designed by the firm Ashe + Leandro. The entrance hall’s pendant light is by Ralph Lauren Home, the 19th-century shell-back chairs are from KRB, and the painting in the stairway is by Harland Miller.
21. Try Playful Plasterwork
Imaginative plasterwork pops on the ceiling in the foyer of this Manhattan apartment, renovated by architects Peter Shelton and Lee F. Mindel. The plasterwork ceiling and picture lights were designed by the duo’s firm, Shelton, Mindel & Assoc.
22. Keep Things Open
The foyer of Brooke Shields’s New York City townhouse, decorated by David Flint Wood, is furnished with an 1860s Chinese desk adorned with decorative blue-and-white vessels. Open doorways and an uncluttered hallway create a sense of openness even in a closed floor plan.
23. Hang A Mirror
In the entry of talent manager Scooter Braun’s idyllic retreat in the California countryside, vintage mirrors hang above a Louis XV commode.
24. Try A Floating Shelf
A floating shelf has a lot to offer: it takes up a smaller footprint, allows for more storage space on the ground than a console table would, and adds some serious visual appeal, too. In the entrance hall of Jimmie Johnson’s home in New York City, a FontanaArte mirror hangs over a Wendell Castle shelf.
25. Mix Styles and Periods
In the entrance hall of this New York apartment by Steven Gambrel, a late-19th-century mirror from O’Sullivan Antiques is mounted above a circa-1920 Art Deco console from Florian Papp and a pair of vintage Axel Einar Hjorth stools from H. M. Luther; beneath the Takashi Murakami painting is a ’30s Art Deco bench from Karl Kemp Antiques.
26. Highlight Architectural Elements
Accented with a 19th-century-style bronze knocker, the front door of a Marrakech home designed by Ahmad Sardar-Afkhami opens onto the entrance hall, which is furnished with an antique Syrian bridal chest and matching mirror, both inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
27. Choose Furniture with Storage
The New York apartment of Will Ferrell and his wife, auctioneer Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, was renovated by architect Richard Perry and decorated by Shawn Henderson Interior Design. Scandinavian ceramics from the End of History rest on a vintage Dunbar cabinet from Wyeth in the entrance hall; the FontanaArte mirror dates from 1960.
28. Embrace Bric-A-Brac
At a Nantucket retreat designed by Markham Roberts, symmetry rules in the entrance hall, where a pair of Delft-vase lamps and objets d’art sit on an antique table from John Rosselli antiques.
29. Consider the Door
You might be inclined to take your front door for granted when it comes to your entryway design, but with a simple coat of paint, watch your space be reborn. In this reimagined Manhattan brownstone, designers Peter Pennoyer and Jeffrey Bilhuber opted for a bright blue paint.
30. Go Full Farmhouse
Especially if your entryway serves as a quasi-mud room, a farmhouse entryway is the way to go. The traditional style is celebrated for its laidback charm and utilitarian approach, and these are exactly the traits that make it a wonderful fit for an entryway, as seen inside this Karin Blake space.
31. Embrace Petiteness
Even in a small entryway, you can still have plenty of fun. This Robert Couturier-designed New York apartment features a notably slim French Art Deco console from Bernd Goeckler Antiques, a FontanaArte mirror from Galerie Van den Akker and a Cindy Sherman photograph. The wall art is a drawing by Robert Longo.
32. Add Open Shelves
Entryway storage is of the utmost importance. Whether you need more space to store odds and ends, or you just want more room for displaying your favorite knick knacks, open shelving is a perfect way to do so without minimizing visual interest in a space by closing things off. This modernist home’s Charlotte Perriand wall cabinet is particularly stylish.
33. Make It Tented
Tenting a room always adds to the fun, and this Miles Redd-designed tented vestibule is no exception. The space feels almost feels fantastical, with a curtain-like console table mounted at left.
34. Go Unconventional
Depending on the fixture, overhead lighting can create a less than welcoming vibe in a space. Adding a table lamp offers a cozier light source and with the right lamp selection, a lovely decor object even when the lamp isn’t switched on. In antiques dealer and interior designer Jean-Paul Beaujard’s own home, a mirrored lamp does just that.
35. Bring in the Patterns
36. Add Stools
In this Aspen ski home designed by Alexandra and Michael Misczynski of the Los Angeles–based design firm Atelier AM, stools add a place to comfortably take off clunky ski boots in the entryway. If storage space is limited in your entryway, opt for stools with hidden storage to covertly stow tote bags, scarves, and the like.
37. Add A Divider
In this Hollywood Hills home reimagined by designer Jim Walrod, a divider adds a soft separation between the entryway and the rest of the living space. The divider matches the ceiling’s wood paneling and acts as an accent wall.
38. Go Bold with Color
Deep purple lacquer paint anchors the entryway of this Mexico City apartment by design duo Astrid and Eddy Sykes of multidisciplinary design firm WrinkleMX. Even the furnishings are vividly colored, with a bright pink rug and aqua velvet armchair announcing the home as a unique space from the moment guests step inside.
39. Roll Out the Area Rug
Area rugs are the perfect tool for unifying a space big or small. In this Hudson Valley home decorated by Rita Konig, a colorful yet grounded area rug by Robert Stephenson creates a sense of harmony.
40. Bring on the Books
Oftentimes the best design ideas are the simplest. Built-in shelving and loads of books can add a colorful, homey energy to an entryway. Just take the Kate Lester-designed home of Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle for example. To balance the space, a gallery wall appears at right.
41. Wow with Wallpaper
No matter what style of entryway furniture you choose, adding wallpaper is the most impactful way to give a space a makeover. In this space by Carleton Varney, a bold green print outdoes even the elegant sweeping staircase.
42. Add Mirrored Walls
It’s no secret that mirrored walls can be a life saver in a small space and entryways are no exception. Mirrors grace the ceilings and walls for a cocoon of reflection in this entryway by Timothy Corrigan.