16 Entryway Ideas That Open The Door To Beauty

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By Contractors.com Team September 28, 2021

Home improvement gurus are well-acquainted with the idea of curb appeal, that a house should look good on the outside to set the right tone with guests, or buyers. However, first impressions are also quite important when a guest first enters your home. If a shiny front door draws guests in, a beautiful entryway will seal the deal and set the tone for the rest of the house. 

Many neat entryways can transform a staid foyer idea into something truly special. With options like patterned porcelain tile, a vintage theme, or optimizing storage amidst any design style, you’re sure to find one aesthetic that fits your house and your preferences like a glove.   

Beautiful Entryway Ideas

Neutral+Natural

Sometimes, beauty just comes naturally and a ____entryway design speaks to that idea. There’s nothing excessive going on here, and no part of the decor is trying too hard to stand out. Instead, everything is elegantly simple, with wood, straw, and other natural materials dotting the space. This entryway sports a neutral color palette that can be brought to life with a splash of bright color from a pretty flower bouquet or painting. You can have subtle hints of different aesthetics here; rustic, minimalist, modernist, or even farmhouse.

How To Create An Elegant Entryway With Neutral Shades

How To Create An Elegant Entryway With Neutral Shades

Chic Tile 

For something heavy-duty with a dash of style, porcelain tile is a chic option to consider. Porcelain is quite durable and is less porous than other tile materials. This makes it more water-resistant and allows it to stay cleaner for longer. As such, it’s perfect for a mudroom entryway. It can comfortably handle all the grime and muck that you or your guests track in on a rainy day all while looking fabulous. 

Porcelain Tiles Are Easier To Clean And Maintain

Porcelain Tiles Are Easier To Clean And Maintain

Minimalist 

Sometimes the most powerful statement you can make is an effortless one, and that’s exactly what a minimalist entryway sets out to accomplish. Its neutral colors, natural shapes, and earthy materials – such as brick – aren’t designed to grab your attention individually, but definitely create a harmonious combination. All these gentle features introduce symmetry and balance to space, making for an aesthetic that is relaxing and appealing without trying. A few houseplants can add a subtle dash of color that completes this serene picture. 

Beauty Is in Simplicity When It Comes to a Minimalist Foyer

Beauty Is in Simplicity When It Comes to a Minimalist Foyer

Tidy and Modern 

No one likes to drown in clutter, so why not design your home to be inherently organized? The best way to set the tone for a clutter-free home is to start with a tidy entryway. Walking into a messy entryway won’t do your motivation any favors, so start by cleaning up your entryway and purging it of the superfluous. Anything that isn’t needed should be removed until only the bare essentials remain. The lack of clutter will allow even the simplest design in an entryway to come through and shine rather than be relegated to darkness.    

How to Declutter Your Entryway and Start Your Day With a Clean Slate

How to Declutter Your Entryway and Start Your Day With a Clean Slate

Modern Farmhouse

Adding rural charm has long been a popular way to spruce up the home, so if you want a trendy blend of modern simplicity and western charm, look no further. This design style is famous for how it tastefully infuses a rustic feel into everything from your furniture to your appliances. It can even be vintage-focused with country-style elements made of solid wood and cast iron. For your home’s foyer that translates to oak entryway furniture, cast iron accenting, vintage entryway decor, or an old-school patterned wallpaper with neutral colors.

Create Farmhouse Charm That’s Undeniably Welcoming

Create Farmhouse Charm That’s Undeniably Welcoming

Vertical Storage 

When it comes to small entryway ideas, vertical storage is your friend. Being strapped for space means that you have to improvise to keep things from feeling too cramped. Vertical storage for your entryway goes a long way towards achieving this by keeping shoes off the floor and giving all your bags and fashion accessories a place to live that isn’t always in the way.

Maximize the Storage Space of Your Entryway in Style

Maximize the Storage Space of Your Entryway in Style

Don’t Forget Your Ceiling 

A pretty ceiling can help to tie your entryway design together so be sure to give it the attention it deserves when sprucing up your foyer. Sure, you could leave your entryway ceiling in a classic, blank white, but where’s the fun in that? Consider injecting some personality into your ceiling design with experimental wallpaper patterns, nuanced crown molding, or a tray design. Or you can bring the focus onto an interesting light fixture design. Be sure to choose LED lighting so you can brighten up your entryway and make it feel airier.

Your Ceiling Is the Perfect Place to Showcase Creativity

Your Ceiling Is the Perfect Place to Showcase Creativity

The Little Things 

Often the easiest way to make some big changes to your foyer design is to focus on the little things. Subtle details such as accenting, selective entryway decor, mirrors, and strategically placed artwork can all significantly improve the look and feel of your foyer. You may not spend much time in your entryway, but it pays to get the little things right by investing in premium materials such as brass, marble, porcelain, and stainless steel. So don’t skimp on the little things because they really can make the difference between a “meh” entryway and a superb one. 

Subtle Ways to Accessorize and Add Character to Your Entrance

Subtle Ways to Accessorize and Add Character to Your Entrance

Colorful 

What better way to lighten up the room than with color — one of the best tools to play with light. You can even create color blocks and bring in a few tones to create a unique-looking entryway that’s visually interesting without overwhelming the eye. The best way to achieve this is via a two-tone design where a lighter hue is used for the flooring and a darker color is used for the walls.

Experimenting With Color in Your Entryway

Experimenting With Color in Your Entryway

Eclectic Chic

Sometimes you need to spice things up to keep things interesting, and that may mean going for something funkier than what everyone else has. The eclectic design style is about more than just putting random elements together and hoping it works. It’s a colorful and vibrant style that incorporates many different design aesthetics into one beautiful tapestry. It presents the perfect opportunity to tastefully incorporate, for example, Japandi, Feng Shui, and Farmhouse motifs into your entryway.

Stepping Into a Unique and Sophisticated Home Aesthetic Starts with the Foyer

Stepping Into a Unique and Sophisticated Home Aesthetic Starts with the Foyer

Cottage Vintage 

We’d all like to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life every once in a while. But with a cottage interior design, you can bring the simplicity of rural life to your home. The cottage interior style uses antique garage sale decor, neutral whites, and wooden fixtures to give your entryway design that cozy feeling you get from a simple country house. This is an aesthetic that’s clean, simple, and pleasing to the eye. If you’d love to step into a simpler life every time you enter your house, this is a great way to do it.

A Cottage Feel Entryway to Help Escape the Urban Life

A Cottage Feel Entryway to Help Escape the Urban Life

Mediterranean

The versatile nature of the Mediterranean style means that it can be a veritable crossroads of the modern and the old-school. The sunny seaside roots of the style make it a perfect choice if you want to bring some bright coastal flair to your entryway design. This diverse style draws from a wide range of cultural motifs such as Southern European, Middle Eastern, and North African. Brighten up your entryway with a cool white backdrop contrasted by blue accenting and complement it with high-quality wooden fixtures, furniture, and patterned tiles.

A Mediterranean Entryways Offer Color Versatility

A Mediterranean Entryways Offer Color Versatility

Open Concept Experimentation 

The key to creating the perfect open concept entryway design is segmentation. In other words, you have to divide up the space using furniture, fixtures, and entryway decor since you don’t have walls as room dividers. This will prevent your entryway from feeling empty and without personality. For example, a bench can outline the “mudroom section” of the entryway design. Other items such as a mirror and vertical shoe storage can be used to further indicate this. To complement this delineation you can also use subtle accent colors. We recommended blue as the ideal entryway accent color. 

Use Furniture to Create Zones in an Open Concept Entryway

Use Furniture to Create Zones in an Open Concept Entryway

Scandi Style 

The Scandinavian interior style is a testament to the open floorplan with a distinct feel that emphasizes the organic beauty of nature. That means that a Scandinavian-style home is full of natural textures with subtle metal accents, textiles, and different hues of gray, white, brown, and black. The ideal Scandi-style foyer design will feature natural materials through wood furniture or flooring, a brick accent wall, or neutral colors. A key ingredient will be to have minimal clutter.

Scandinavian Interiors Give Much-Needed Minimalist Peace of Mind

Scandinavian Interiors Give Much-Needed Minimalist Peace of Mind

Bohemian Style

The Bohemian style is known for its free-spirited and unconventional style and design. For something positively Bohemian, you have to aim for the unconventional by tastefully weaving together many cultural motifs: you could combine an Armenian rug, Scandi furniture, and Polynesian straw-made decor all in one minimalist Japandi space.

Mix & Match Different Cultural Elements for A Bohemian Entryway

Mix & Match Different Cultural Elements for A Bohemian Entryway

Industrially Stark 

Some may not like its stark greyness and harsh features, but the industrial style has many compelling qualities that can appeal to nearly any person. The hallmark of a great industrial entryway is a stark interior full of hard materials such as steel, wood, iron, and glass. Exposed piping, wiring, and brickwork are all gravy, especially when complemented with hardwood or concrete flooring. You can also make use of antique fixtures such as old-school lockers to further add to the aesthetic appeal.

Brick Walls Are a Crucial Part of Industrial Interiors

Brick Walls Are a Crucial Part of Industrial Interiors

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Contractors.com Team

Written by Contractors.com Team