It gives people a good idea of who you are, where you like to travel, what kind of art you like, and your favorite colors. At some point, though, I realized that as the first space people see when they enter our home, our entryway design probably deserves more attention than any other space, so I began gathering design ideas to make our entryway a bit more inviting. If you’d like to make your entryway feel more cohesive, try to think of the foyer as a glimpse into your personality.
Start with a color, pattern, or style you love, then add in some art, accents, and furnishings that bring that idea to life. As you can see, I designed our small entryway around the color blue … definitely a preview of what people can expect to see in the rest of our home! In addition to the blue cabinet (painted with Valspar Indigo Streamer), our foyer includes a favorite ginger jar, an orchid, and a seashell from one of our trips to Charleston.
Right away, our guests know I love blue and white, the beach, gardening, and traveling! Creating a beautiful and functional entryway that also reflects your style and personality isn’t hard to do.
It just involves paying attention to a few basics, then adding your own unique touch. First of all, since the front entrance sets the tone for the rest of your home, try to keep it bright, well-lit and clutter-free so visitors aren’t tripping over things as they come in!
We also have a coat rack attached to the wall in our entryway, and I try to keep a few hooks open for guests to hang purses and scarves. Foyers often get completely lost in piles of coats, shoes, and backpacks.
So, to help keep clutter to a minimum, try to think of everything you want to keep in the entryway and then decide what kind of storage options you’ll need. The gorgeous mudroom below features built-in cabinetry for corralling hats, bags, coats, backpacks and boots.
The spaces below show more ideas for incorporating storage in a small entryway.
Adding a couple of tall baskets to the entryway is a wonderful way to provide hidden storage for shoes, etc. If you have tile or wood flooring in your front entryway, a rug can soften the space, add color and texture, and pick up the dirt that’s tracked in. The floor in our entryway tends to get very dirty, especially when it rains or snows, so I like to use rugs that can be thrown in the washing machine when they start looking a little dingy.
Julie Howard for Timber Trails Development Company, via Home Bunch – Photo by Stoffer Interior Photography Not only do they brighten and lighten an often-dark space, they make it easy to take a quick look at your makeup and hair before you head out the door! RH Interior Design for Kerry Washington, via Architectural Digest – here is a similar console table Another thing I love to include in the foyer is some type of seating so guests can sit while they remove their shoes or boots.
Folding stools or upholstered cubes, like the ones shown below, provide the perfect seating solution in a small entryway or modern foyer design. As a bonus, by making it easy for your guests to take off their shoes when they arrive, your floors will stay cleaner!
When thinking of foyer decor, add in the colors, patterns, or styles you love and that reflect your personality. Find modern entryway art, accents, and furniture that speak to you and express the look and feeling you want your home to convey.
Each of the beautiful entryways below has a completely different vibe, but they all give you a clear idea of the style and personality of the rest of the house. If you have the space, a sideboard or console table offers a spot to set mail and keys. Julie Howard for Timber Trails Development Company, via Home Bunch – Photo by Stoffer Interior Photography A couple of decorative baskets placed under a console table help hide blank wall space and provide a place to stash small items like dog leashes.
Dual purpose foyer decor: a pretty bowl or beautiful boxes are perfect for holding keys and wallets and other small items you need to keep track of. Whether you have a small entryway or something more grand, the most important thing is to create a welcoming and positive feeling when you and your guests enter your home! Looking for more modern entryway interior design and home decorating ideas?
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