While some of us are lucky enough to have a proper entryway at home, most of us are stuck working with a cramped corner or narrow hallway instead of an actual foyer. Thankfully, the web is filled with stylish, space-savvy ideas for making your own entryway at home— no coat closet necessary.
To prove the point, we’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite entryways to help you brainstorm your own home resolutions for the new year. From oversized mirrors to simple storage hooks, here are 50 ways to turn a modest entrance into an unexpectedly chic—and organized—storage display.
Artful First Impressions
1. When paired with a stylish console table, an eclectic gallery wall (like this one from Domino) turns an empty wall into a luxe entryway scene.
2. Whether with paintings, photos, or mirrors, a salon-style entryway display, like this one from SF Girl by Bay, sets an artful tone for the rest of your space.
3. A peony pink-painted door, like this one in the home of A Beautiful Mess blogger Elsie Larson on Domino, is a cheerful way to anchor a lofty entryway.
4. Looking for a colorful way to welcome visitors into your home, and more specifically, your foyer? Paint your front door in a bright hue, like this canary yellow door on Redbook, to liven up your entry room.
5. Anchor a tall entryway wall with a large piece of art, like this one from Homepolish. It’s stately and sophisticated, and if that’s your style, let visitors know from the first step into your home.
6. A fun geometric pattern painted on your entrance wall, like this one on SF Girl by Bay, will have everyone smiling when they walk through the door.
Take a Seat
7. A slender bench doubles as storage space for books, shoes (and whatever is hiding in those baskets) in the home of artist Jenny McCown.
8. This compact entryway we spotted on Design*Sponge has everything you could need in a foyer: hooks to store bags, coats and other necessities – check; a place to perch and put on your shoes before leaving the house – check; something to make you smile upon coming home (the snake plant in a decorate woven basket!) – check.
9. Give your dated entryway an instant upgrade with an upholstered bench in a peppy pattern, like this one from A Cup of Jo.
10. A simple low-lying bench, like this slatted one we spotted in a chic foyer on Design*Sponge, can transform a stairway entrance into a functional (and great looking) foyer.
11. Accent an all-white entryway with graphic floor tile, like these black-and-white patchwork floors via Design*Sponge to help define the space.
12. Modernize a rustic entry room with some bold geometrical tiles, like these we spotted on Room for Tuesday.
13. Turn a lofty entrance hall into a snug foyer by employing a unique area rug, like this pink-and-purple accented rug on Style Me Pretty, to define the space.
14. A super slim console or side table (like this slender white one we spotted on Havenly) can transform an entrance hallway into an actual foyer while creating storage space. Another notable addition? A runner to direct you through the space.
15. Few things set a sexy tone for a home like an entryway — and door! — clad in dark paint. As seen on Design Milk, designer Tali Roth painted both her entryway and front door black for a more dramatic entrance.
16. Turn a cramped coat closet into a cozy foyer with a rich coat of dark paint, like this deep blue entry from Homepolish.
17. From The Everygirl, here’s a happy marriage of bright and airy and dark and moody. As long as you keep the majority of the wall and moldings in a lighter hue, the darker accent won’t overwhelm the space.
18. A clean-lined console with interesting hardware, like this black-and-gold table from Studio McGee, adds definition to an earth-toned entryway without overwhelming the space. The relatively symmetrical scene is a beautiful first look for a home.
19. An eye-catching entrance table — like this jagged edged console on Homepolish — looks stunning in a neutral entryway. With a statement piece like this, it’s important to keep the rest of the styling quite simple.
20. If your entryway is really just a wall created by a staircase, this vignette from Domino has plenty of inspiration for you. Simply prop framed art atop an entrance table for a layered, but artful, entryway.
21. A sleek chest of drawers, like this one from Marcus Design, makes an unexpectedly storage-savvy entryway table.
22. When paired with an accent table or side chair, a wall-mounted coat rack (like this one from Refinery29) transforms an entrance wall into a proper foyer in no time.
23. If “sliver of wall” is synonymous with what you’ve got to work with for a foyer, make a sofa side table do double duty in your entryway.
24. Even when you can’t see them, a handful of floating hooks can help you create a minimalist-style entryway (like this one from Amber Interiors).
25. Who knew a wall of dowels, like the one we spotted on Dom Z Pomyslem, could turn an entryway wall into a space-savvy open storage area. Just add shelves for storing non-hanging items.
26. Fill a wall-mounted coat rack shelf with family photos, like in this foyer from A Cup of Jo, for a more personalized entryway.
27. The Los Angeles rental of Jake Berkowitz and John Ruggiero has an enviable organized, eclectic vibe, which starts in their foyer where four evenly spaced hooks line up with quirky framed insect art.
28. Looking for a sleek way to dress up a foyer without cramping up a narrow entry hall? A large-scale mirror, like this antique one we found on A Cup of Jo, creates the illusion of more space, while defining a unique entryway area.
29. The foyer of Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style has so many lovely takeaways, but the shapely mirror really pulls a lot of the visual weight (especially with a barely there acrylic table).
31. A metallic-finished mirror, like this round gold-framed stunner we spotted on Emily Henderson (it’s from Target and under $50!), brings a hint of glamour to an otherwise traditional entryway vignette.
33. Bring bold, colorful statement walls back down to earth with some natural greenery as seen here in a home via Design*Sponge.
34. A tall plant anchors a lofty space, just like this towering tree on Alexander Design.
35. For something a little different, opt to hang your vines and greenery from hooks or the ceiling instead. A terrarium with some succulents is also a great addition!
37. Black-and-white can make a big impact in a small entryway. If you’re looking to make an impression in your foyer, black-and-white adhesive wallpaper — like the one used in this entryway on Apartment Therapy — brings a graphic element to the small space and sets a bold tone for the rest of your home.
38. An eye-catching wall mural, like this one on Design*Sponge, works wonders for carving out a distinct entryway space in your home.
Keep the Order
39. Turns out all you need is a hanging rail and a few wall-mounted shelves to score a storage-savvy entryway (like this one on Refinery29).
40. Turn a mere corner into a chic entry scene with nothing more than a delicate standing coatrack (as seen on Apartment Therapy).
41. Hall trees can be pricey and bulky, though super useful to corralling all your foyer or mudroom odds and ends. But they can easily be recreated with a highly placed shelf, some hooks and a bench/storage piece down below, like in this home from Homepolish.
42. Employ a single stylish coatrack, like this one on Domino, to create a minimalist-inspired entryway.
43. Look how a couple of old wooden crates can transform a short wall into a shoe-friendly entryway (à la these we spotted on The Everygirl).
44. Building out a custom window bench and shelving unit will give you the storage options that are right for you and your family, like this enviable space from Domino.
45. Turn a cramped entry stairway into a bonafide foyer with nothing more than a sleek pendant light, like this one in the home of The Everygirl co-founder Alaina Kaczmarski.
46. Another example of how a statement light can transform a simple space. Brady Tolbert—stylist, blogger, designer and Editorial Director at Emily Henderson— turned to Noir’s Snowflake chandelier for his own foyer.
46. Frame a large mirror or painting with some brass candle sconces (like these on Design*Sponge) to add some Old World charm to a tiny entryway.
48. A stylish pair of wall sconces, like these shapely fixtures we saw on House & Home, is a clever way to brighten up a dark entryway while making an artistic statement.
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