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.
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.
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.