Best of Designers' Portfolio: Entryways

A well-designed entryway sets the tone for your entire home. See how top designers create a welcoming and stunning foyer.

  • modern art filled hallway

    Scenes of Paris have been used to create an art-gallery effect in this hallway. The grid layout on the back wall is balanced with a larger piece on an adjacent wall. Design by Ammie Kim.

  • sweepingly open formal foryer

    The foyer's creme-colored Venetian plaster is paired with limestone flooring for a seamless effect. Keystones inlay are used to create a more formal setting in this entryway. Design by Elina Shaffy.

  • Deck the Halls

    A walkway is always an important place to showcase incredible design. A ribbed vault ceiling is punctuated by white and emerald drop crystal chandeliers that seem to lead the way to a guest suite on this Houston estate. Design by Shelly Riehl David.

  • The bold, striped fabric served as inspiration for the decor in the foyer — a mix of traditional furnishings and earthy and unexpected accessories.

  • inviting foyer curving staircase

    The wall decor in this elegant entry takes advantage of the sweeping height. Design by Loretta Willis.

  • Hallway and Dining Tables

    This Mid-Century inspired space gains interest from unique tables including the hexagonal breakfast table atop the patchwork cowhide rug from The Rug Company. Design by Erinn Valencich.

  • traditional hallway with a twist

    The gallery of this Chicago apartment is revitalized by a redesigned plaster cornice, custom handpainted wall coverings, English and American antiques and a monumental bronze sculpture. Design by Van Tullis. Photograph by Hyunjung Bay.

  • organization is family mudroom purpose

    The mudroom with cabinets done in a sage green distressed paint includes lockers for the kids, coat hanging space for adults and even a message center and large built in bulletin board to keep this family organized. Design by Gail Drury. Co-designer: Janie Petkus of Janie Petkus Interiors in Hinsdale, Ill.

  • dramatic contemporary entranceway

    A minimal concrete plane folds to create an entry platform. The wood siding on the entry tower is continuous from the exterior to the interior creating an object that stands alone marking the arrival. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai. Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie.

  • stunning soaring foyer

    This romantic foyer features walls that are softly color-washed in cream and parchment to complement the rustic ironwork and primitive country-style furnishings. Design by Simon Temprell.

  • floating stairwell in entryway

    Wood and steel has been transformed to create a freestanding plane which has folded into a series of steps. This staircase becomes a sculptural element as a backdrop for the dining area. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai. Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie.

  • charalambous-contemporary-orange-entryway

    The architect took this builder-grade chopped up home and transformed it to an open plan, where light is shared throughout and space flows uninterrupted from room to room. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

  • front walkway features zen fountain

    This Mediterranean garden uses texture and primarily foilage color instead of flower color. Design by Paula Henson.

  • traditional foyer has victorian style

    Wood trim was stripped and a salvaged front door was installed to bring this historic Victorian foyer back to its original splendor. Design by Thomas A. Conway.

  • buddah watches over entryway

    Walking into the entry foyer gives a glimpse of the entire first floor of this Asian-inspired home. A Chinese red wall ties all the public areas together: living room, dining room and kitchen. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

  • elegant two story foyer

    A grand home deserves a grand entry. Wonderful limestone floors and a custom mosaic that mirrors a handpainted dome add to the ambiance. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

  • bold color defines contemporary foyer

    The celadon foyer wall sets the tone; it ushers the visitor towards the open living/dining/kitchen area, as the indigo blue wall with the white concrete fireplace caps off the design. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

  • architecturally intact renovated entryway

    The entry area to an urban loft in an old warehouse building proves to be interesting and artful through original details and bold color. The door was painted a rich dark charcoal to add a dramatic touch. Design by Gregory Augustine.

  • decorative detailed hallway

    This transitional hall is a perfect blending of traditional and contemporary elements. A fresh color scheme keeps the traditional space from being too boring. Design by Joseph Hittinger.

  • eclectic stairwell entry

    As you enter the home, a stairway of wrought iron capped in cherry wood greets you. Behind the rail is a fabulous red wall outlining a set of French doors leading to the study. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

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