7 Designer Decorating Ideas to Steal for Your Entryway
Leave your troubles at the door, because styling your space just got so much easier.
Ask any designer, and they'll tell you the same thing: stepping into your home should be an experience. If you're not excited or inspired when you walk through the door, then it's time to shake things up a little.
Without question, the pros know how to make a stylish entrance. Here are seven of the best designer-inspired decorating ideas to steal for your entryway.
1: Patterned Floors
White Contemporary Foyer With Chevron Floor
To create a special feeling in this home's most formal space—the foyer—the designers laid the wood floors in a chevron pattern. The unusual lighting dazzles by reflecting off the barrel vault ceiling.
Paige Rumore Photography
If your foyer is looking a little lackluster, trade traditional hardwood floors for an unexpected pattern. Because they're still made of wood, these chic chevron bands by Lori Paranjape add subtle interest to the space without being too distracting. Bonus: The design also encourages flow, directing guests into the heart of the home.
Double Doors Lead Into Foyer
Chic, Chevron-Patterned Floor
To create a special feeling in this home's most formal space—the foyer—the designers laid the wood floors in a chevron pattern. The striking light fixture above dazzles by reflecting off the barrel vault ceiling.
Library With Leopard Print Ceiling
A gallery wall takes on simple elegance by using a series of silver frames. Light-colored furniture is the perfect subdued foil for bright accent pillows and the wild leopard-print ceiling.
Colorful Built-In Bookshelves
Blue Velvet Chair
This lovely library demonstrates how a basic space can be transformed with colorful accessories. A blue velvet armchair is a stately presence on one side of the room and pulls out the rich array of colors tucked into the bookshelf.
Contemporary Dining Room
With this dining room, the designers fulfilled the homeowners' request for a more dressed up space for entertaining (there's even wine storage!). On the ceiling, molding in a subtle design offers a fun twist on the traditional coffered ceiling.
Great Room Features Neutral Hues
Striking Black French Doors
Painting these French doors black makes them more dramatic in such an open, airy space. Placed opposite a charcoal couch and cream-colored sectional, the doors offer both a beautiful complement and contrast.
Open Kitchen With Breakfast Bar
One look at this breathtaking, all-white kitchen and "kid-friendly" is not the word that leaps to mind. But durable quartz countertops and an open layout make it a surprisingly practical space, with a breakfast bar for quick meals and conversation.
Custom Iron Railing in Hall
White Craft Room With Pink Curtains
Turning off the hall leads into this unexpected laundry room. On one side is space for laundry baskets and other necessities; the other half of the room features customized cabinetry for storing craft supplies, art essentials and wrapping paper.
Eclectic Master Suite
Accent pillows made with vintage textiles pair with the delicate inlay of the nightstand and striking black-and-white artwork to create a dynamic look for this master bedroom. An upholstered headboard adds a dreamy touch.
Stylish Walk-In Closet
The master bedroom also includes this expansive walk-in closet that features dressers, hanging rods and customized shelves for shoes, bags and more. A striking chandelier ties the luxe design together.
Spa Bathroom With Oriental Rugs
This gorgeous spa bathroom takes style pointers from the living room, incorporating colorful Oriental rugs and floor-length curtains into its design. Chevron-pattern tiles even give a rug-like feel to the floor under the soaking tub.
2: Textured Runners
White, Modern Entry with Traditional Rug
Classic and contemporary elements meet in this sleek, clean-lined home. Weathered wood and Oriental carpets form a pleasing contrast with gallery-white walls and modern glass-and-metal doors, windows and stair rails.
Area rugs are great for creating a warm welcome, but designer Amy Lutz knows that nothing draws people in quite like a runner. With this ruby-red beauty stretched across your space, you'll visually lengthen the walls and make your entryway seem larger.
3: Abstract Artwork
Contemporary Black Dresser In Master Bedroom
Colorful abstract art injects a bright, playful pop of color to this neutral bedroom. A simple black dresser is both utilitarian and sleek.
Regan Wood Photography
Though portraits, prints and landscapes all add interest to the walls, abstract art gives you the freedom to play with your foyer's shapes and colors. You can echo the blues of a canvas in other accents, or you can complement the painting's bold brushstrokes with square furniture, like designer Claire Paquin did here.
4: Geometric Mirrors
Mirrors work just as well because they tend to make narrow spaces seem larger and brighter. For a fresh edge, take cues from designer Allison Lind (left) and 2id Interiors (right) and choose either a round hanging mirror that will add height to the room or a set of squares that will elongate your space.
5: Meaningful Accents
Elegant Geometric Entryway with Blue Details
To create a stunning entryway, designers paired a slatted wood bench and a circular mirror to create an elegant, geometric design. A blue rug and blue and white pillows add color to the white space.
If you prefer that circular style, you're in luck; these pieces also carry a touch of symbolism. In this soothing blue foyer from Barbara Vail, the designer hung a crescent-style mirror by the door to evoke the calm of nature. When paired with a flat wooden bench, the vignette feels keenly earthy and inspires creativity.
Soothing Entry With Soft Textures
Stepping inside this loft apartment easily elicits a sigh of relief, as soft throws and area rugs cushion each foot forward. By the door, a bench and round mirror create a makeshift foyer where guests can remove shoes and jackets.
Wood-Infused Dining Space
Around the corner, a modern white table pairs with four wooden chairs to create an intimate dining space. Faux-fur throws provide snug seating, while a corkscrew willow centerpiece brings natural texture to the space. Overhead, an abstract painting by the owner adds a touch of color.
Table With Natural Colors + Textures
Soothing colors and natural textures extend to the white tabletop, where sage-colored placemats and wooden serving trays balance the smooth background. A sprig of lavendar uplifts the design.
Cozy, Contemporary Living Room
Woven area rugs, plush furniture and cozy throws envelop the living room in soft texture, evoking thoughts of a nest. Around the room, potted plants both complement the wooden coffee table and bring organic color to the setting.
White Area Rugs + Accents
To create different zones within the loft, designer Barbara Vail used accents as visual borders. Here, a large area rug separates the living room from the dining nook, while a white buffet provides essential storage space.
Wooden Art Installation
Against the wall, a wooden art installation substitutes a traditional TV to ensure that the room feels entirely stress-free. Vintage jars and a tall orchid further the zen feeling.
Soaring Factory Windows
Floor-to-ceiling steel grid windows fill the living room with natural light, making the loft feel airy and open. A plush, cream-colored sofa invites comfortable lounging, while a custom-made coffee table draws the outside in.
Built-In Bookshelf, Corner Keyboard
To give her client an outlet for his creativity, Barbara Vail introduced a small library and piano against the far wall. Here, stacks of books and jars evoke visual interest, while the piano encourages the client to embrace his inner artist.
Wall With Wood-Trimmed Accents
A large wood-trimmed mirror both enlivens the white walls and makes the narrow hall-space feel larger and more open. Stacked books and potted plants further the warm aesthetic.
Bright + Airy Bedroom
With cream-colored linens and rich textures, the bedroom becomes a serene space to unwind. Low furniture accentuates the room's height, making it feel more airy and bright, while a wooden divider hides a separate workspace.
Carved Side Table
Next to the bed, a side table carved from a teak tree offers storage space and naturally grounds the setting. A modern lamp on top balances the wood and illuminates the space for late-night reading.
6: Multifunctional Furniture
Brian Watford's lounge showed the beauty of a well-edited console with just a few striking objects. Geometric objects in metal and other materials are a recurring theme in many designers' rooms. Shop your own house to find clever objects to create a striking console or coffee table tableau.
To make the most of a small or awkward space, look to multipurpose accents. A console table like this piece from designer Brian Watford can double as a display for your favorite prints and books, as well as provide storage for your keys and mail.
7: Fab Fixtures
Lighting is everything, so if you're really going to make a grand entrance, we say go all out. In this crisp, white foyer from Archetype Design Studio, the chandelier shines like a silver sparkler.