101 Foyer Ideas for Great First Impressions (Photos)

101 Incredible foyer design ideas. All sizes, colors, styles and furnishings. Get inspired to create a room that will present amazing first impressions plus serve an important function.
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Welcome to our gallery featuring a large collection of gorgeous foyer design ideas.

Whether casual or formal, the foyer is the very first thing a guest sees when entering the home, and as my mother always reminds me, “first impressions are important.”

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Old mansion large foyer with exquisitely ornate staircase

Let’s kick off this collection with what was once considered the ultimate in foyer design.  Check out that staircase and ornate woodwork.  It’s beautiful for sure, but not for everyone and not for every house.  Keep scrolling for more current and contemporary foyer ideas.

With a two-toned wooden floor and wooden stair treads, this house maintains the essence of the old wood-themed foyers. But what makes it fit for contemporary designs is the delicate railing and the use of excessively light colors for the walls and window frames.

With a two-toned wooden floor and wooden stair treads, this house maintains the essence of the old wood-themed foyers. But what makes it fit for contemporary designs is the delicate railing and the use of excessively light colors for the walls and window frames.

Best for houses with a high-rise ceiling, this foyer speaks of beauty and sophistication. Vintage-style light fixtures with a magnificent chandelier coupled with indigo glass windows against crème-colored walls form the perfect entrance to a grand house.


Best for houses with a high-rise ceiling, this foyer speaks of beauty and sophistication. Vintage-style light fixtures with a magnificent chandelier coupled with indigo glass windows against crème-colored walls form the perfect entrance to a grand house.

While not ornate or ostentatious or large, this foyer is nicely appointed with wood flooring, a quarter-turn staircase and entries flanking each side of the space.  Source: RedfinSee the rest of this home here.

Simple and elegant are two words that best describe this foyer design. Ideal for people who prefer minimalism and clutter-free living, this foyer strategically combines wooden elements with lots of whites to create an entrance that is traditional and modern at the same time.

Simple and elegant are two words that best describe this foyer design. Ideal for people who prefer minimalism and clutter-free living, this foyer strategically combines wooden elements with lots of whites to create an entrance that is traditional and modern at the same time.

This foyer embraces the old world charm by going all brown and golden. From the floor to the stairs and then the coffered ceiling, deep chestnut wood is generously used along with chocolate-brown furniture and lantern style lights to make this foyer truly attractive.

This foyer embraces the old world charm by going all brown and golden. From the floor to the stairs and then the coffered ceiling, deep chestnut wood is generously used along with chocolate-brown foyer furniture and lantern style lights to make this foyer truly attractive.

This house uses ivory white shades against the deep mahogany wood resulting in a warm and homely foyer. A sleek couch, geometric chandelier and some pots of greens bring life to an otherwise plain space.


This house uses ivory white shades against the deep mahogany wood resulting in a warm and homely foyer. A sleek couch, geometric chandelier and some pots of greens bring life to an otherwise plain space.

This Italian villa style foyer houses a decorative railing, a plush silken sofa and a grand flower vase to highlight the pallid marble floor and muted beige walls.

This Italian villa style foyer houses a decorative railing, a plush silken sofa and a grand flower vase to highlight the pallid marble floor and muted beige walls.

This rustic foyer is completely wooden-themed except the main wall facing the entrance. An ornate wooden table set against the stone wall with a large framed mirror is a unique way to welcome the guests.

This rustic foyer is completely wooden-themed except the main wall facing the entrance. An ornate wooden table set against the stone wall with a large framed mirror is a unique way to welcome the guests.

This monochromatic foyer seems like the ideal design for studio apartments. Jute chenille baskets, a sleek and slender metallic lamp and a round hanging light make great adornments to a bare space.

This monochromatic foyer seems like the ideal design for studio apartments. Jute chenille baskets, a sleek and slender metallic lamp and a round hanging light make great adornments to a bare space.

This foyer redefines the idea of a rug. Instead of runners, it ‘carpets’ the entrance with a zigzag mosaic tiled floor that matches the chestnut furniture and railings. Wall-length windows opposing the foyer provide a brilliant view of the lush scenery outside and give the place a more open look.


This foyer redefines the idea of a rug. Instead of runners, it ‘carpets’ the entrance with a zigzag mosaic tiled floor that matches the chestnut furniture and railings. Wall-length windows opposing the foyer provide a brilliant view of the lush scenery outside and give the place a more open look.

This dual toned foyer perfectly balances black and white which are the go-to shades when it comes to interior designing for modern living. A pot of greenery adds a hint of color while the flat-bottom vases are a chic addition.

This dual toned foyer perfectly balances black and white which are the go-to shades when it comes to interior designing for modern living. A pot of greenery adds a hint of color while the flat-bottom vases are a chic addition.

This foyer makes a dramatic use of lighting. The hallway is kept dark with dim lights and a deep black-brown wooden wall. The abstract painting accentuated by the hanging lamps and the cube-shaped seats add an artistic touch.

This foyer makes a dramatic use of lighting. The hallway is kept dark with dim lights and a deep black-brown wooden wall. The abstract painting accentuated by the hanging lamps and the cube-shaped seats add an artistic touch.

This foyer is full of luster and shine. Although no decorative item is used, the trio of long cylindrical lights in the centre of the place and the fascinating use of a wooden wall makes this foyer stand out.

This foyer is full of luster and shine. Although no decorative item is used, the trio of long cylindrical lights in the centre of the place and the fascinating use of a wooden wall makes this foyer stand out.

This foyer is designed to give a view of the entire house proudly. Open walls give a peek into the living and dining room while the sandy wooden floorboards are kept common to all the rooms for a truly integrated look.

This foyer is designed to give a view of the entire house proudly. Open walls give a peek into the living and dining room while the sandy wooden floorboards are kept common to all the rooms for a truly integrated look.

This foyer is simple yet majestic at the same time. A small leather seat is a stylish as well as a functional addition while the use of skin-colored tiles amidst wooden floorboards creates an illusion of a carpet. The bunch of glass lamps and a pot of green also make great adornments.

This foyer is simple yet majestic at the same time. A small leather seat is a stylish as well as a functional addition while the use of skin-colored tiles amidst wooden floorboards creates an illusion of a carpet. The bunch of glass lamps and a pot of green also make great adornments.

This foyer seems more like that of a hotel room instead of a residential house. From lustrous marble floors and ceiling lights to the blood red geometric tiled wall, it is filled with extravagance that will wow all observers.


This foyer seems more like that of a hotel room instead of a residential house. From lustrous marble floors and ceiling lights to the blood red geometric tiled wall, it is filled with extravagance that will wow all observers.

This modern house pays tribute to the Stone Age with its gray and white walls and stone floor. Add some stone statues and your guests will feel like they are traveling back in time.

This modern house pays tribute to the Stone Age with its gray and white walls and stone floor. Add some stone statues and your guests will feel like they are traveling back in time.

This foyer design is overflowing with beauty and grace. Never-seen-before cobalt blue spiral staircase seems like a flowing waterfall while the wooden railings match the sandy floor and the plush sofas in the living room.

This foyer design is overflowing with beauty and grace. Never-seen-before cobalt blue spiral staircase seems like a flowing waterfall while the wooden railings match the sandy floor and the plush sofas in the living room.

This design doesn’t really consist of a separate space for a foyer. Instead, it opens fully into the living room and gives a complete view of the entire floor.

This design doesn’t really consist of a separate space for a foyer. Instead, it opens fully into the living room and gives a complete view of the entire floor.

This foyer is so open and wide that it’s hard to separate it from the rest of the house. Grand floral carpets line the floor on both sides of the entrance while the imposing seats offer a place for anyone to relax for a while.

This foyer is so open and wide that it’s hard to separate it from the rest of the house. Grand floral carpets line the floor on both sides of the entrance while the imposing seats offer a place for anyone to relax for a while.

For a house that wants to go big on style and grandeur, this foyer design is the ultimate choice. While the various plants add life and color, the place uses a mix of various hues of brown for a really magnificent entrance. Take notes from this foyer on how to incorporate bricked walls in modern designs.

For a house that wants to go big on style and grandeur, this foyer design is the ultimate choice. While the various plants add life and color, the place uses a mix of various hues of brown for a really magnificent entrance. Take notes from this foyer on how to incorporate bricked walls in modern designs.

This entryway is all about symmetry and balancing things right. The geometric patterned pillars and the indoor plants on either side of the walkway automatically create a path that gracefully welcomes all visitors.


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This entryway is all about symmetry and balancing things right. The geometric patterned pillars and the indoor plants on either side of the walkway automatically create a path that gracefully welcomes all visitors.

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This foyer is truly different from the rest. A large ceiling-to-floor wooden shelf partially shields the main room from the entrance while also providing ample amount of space to store any items if needed.

Despite the white walls, this foyer is full of life and warmth. While the windows provide a view of the greenery outside, a large central vase placed atop a bright red and white rug create a cheery atmosphere.

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Despite the white walls, this foyer is full of life and warmth. While the windows provide a view of the greenery outside, a large central vase placed atop a bright red and white rug create a cheery atmosphere.

This foyer uses rustic elements such as the dried foliage and raw wood stairs, but still fits into modern designs because of the blend of different textures and artistic rudiments. Gray tiles on the floor and the black door frame match the painted backdrop really well.

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This foyer uses rustic elements such as the dried foliage and raw wood stairs, but still fits into modern designs because of the blend of different textures and artistic rudiments. Gray tiles on the floor and the black door frame match the painted backdrop really well.

This foyer will click well with all Titanic fans. Completely wooden stairs and the two-toned wooden floor which is further highlighted by the wooden piano, foyer table and the doors give a nod to the charm in antique architectures.

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This foyer will click well with all Titanic fans. Completely wooden stairs and the two-toned wooden floor which is further highlighted by the wooden piano, foyer table and the doors give a nod to the charm in antique architectures.

This foyer in a house in Greece uses the traditional crème and white shades in a wide circular entrance. The ultra-hip golden pendant light fixture and the sleek wooden bench match the subtleness in the place.

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This foyer in a house in Greece uses the traditional crème and white shades in a wide circular entrance. The ultra-hip golden pendant light fixture and the sleek wooden bench match the subtleness in the place.

This Aztec themed foyer merges really well with the mudroom to create a place that’s fashionable yet highly functional at the same time.


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This Aztec themed foyer merges really well with the mudroom to create a place that’s fashionable yet highly functional at the same time.

This foyer design is as unique as the floor plan itself. The heavy grills might give a gothic look in a closed space but since it surrounds the path leading into the basement in this house, the bounded look is avoided completely. The walls foyer tables are kept plain to counterbalance the heavy embellishments.

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This foyer design is as unique as the floor plan itself. The heavy grills might give a gothic look in a closed space but since it surrounds the path leading into the basement in this house, the bounded look is avoided completely. The walls foyer tables are kept plain to counterbalance the heavy embellishments.

Perfect for nature lovers, this foyer provides a dazzling view of the lush green scenery outside. Wall-length windows give an unhindered view while the interior being void of decorations means that nature takes the centre stage.

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Perfect for nature lovers, this foyer provides a dazzling view of the lush green scenery outside. Wall-length windows give an unhindered view while the interior being void of decorations means that nature takes the centre stage.

This design seems more like a Japanese Zen garden than a foyer. And it probably is a meditation haven. But you can take ideas on how to merge wooden partitions with wooden pillars and floor-length windows to create a serene and peaceful place in your house.

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This design seems more like a Japanese Zen garden than a foyer. And it probably is a meditation haven. But you can take ideas on how to merge wooden partitions with wooden pillars and floor-length windows to create a serene and peaceful place in your house.

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For a house located on a hillside, this foyer provides a peek of the outside from the glass door. The soft floor rug and the dried foliage are a dead giveaway – quite literally!

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By using similar foyer tables outside each door that leads to different rooms in the house, this foyer seems as if it’s a corridor of a decent hotel.

With a rich hazelnut wooden floor and long entryway, Chesterfield style seats, this foyer boasts of stately opulence. A sunroof and small ceiling lights provide the necessary lighting.

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With a rich hazelnut wooden floor and long entryway, Chesterfield style seats, this foyer boasts of stately opulence. A sunroof and small ceiling lights provide the necessary lighting.

This lavish foyer is all about pomposity. While the walls are pastel colored, the ornate furniture and flamboyant stairway along with the extravagant chandelier and lustrous marble floor add a ton load of magnificence to the place.

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This lavish foyer is all about pomposity. While the walls are pastel colored, the ornate furniture and flamboyant stairway along with the extravagant chandelier and lustrous marble floor add a ton load of magnificence to the place.

Bright and playful are what best describe this foyer. Intense red floorboards and the vivid yellow walls are further enhanced by the matching furniture to create an entrance that will surely dazzle your guests at the very first glance.

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Bright and playful are what best describe this foyer. Intense red floorboards and the vivid yellow walls are further enhanced by the matching furniture to create an entrance that will surely dazzle your guests at the very first glance.

This foyer is so heavily wooden-themed that it seems to be carved in a giant tree trunk itself. These rich shades of gingerbread are unlikely to suit everyone but it’s perfect for lovers of rustic interiors.

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This foyer is so heavily wooden-themed that it seems to be carved in a giant tree trunk itself. These rich shades of gingerbread are unlikely to suit everyone but it’s perfect for lovers of rustic interiors.

This drenched-in-red entryway is ideal for houses situated in cold, snowy regions because it provides a warm and cozy feel that is hardly attainable by other ways.

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This drenched-in-red entryway is ideal for houses situated in cold, snowy regions because it provides a warm and cozy feel that is hardly attainable by other ways.

This entrance for a small Middle-Eastern hotel boasts of cheer and merriment. From the red flower pots and red pillars to the red rugs and red cushions, this is how you can use a single color in abundance and still manage to shine.

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This entrance for a small Middle-Eastern hotel boasts of cheer and merriment. From the red flower pots and red pillars to the red rugs and red cushions, this is how you can use a single color in abundance and still manage to shine.

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Another example of a warm and cozy entrance, this foyer design is perfect for cottages.

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This house turns the foyer into a mini living space by placing sufficient chairs for house members to sit and chat while enjoying a view of the outside.

This foyer immediately gives a full view into the grand house with double stairways leading upwards and a doorways leading further into the house.

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This foyer immediately gives a full view into the grand house with double stairways leading upwards and a doorways leading further into the house.

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This fascinating foyer gives an unhindered view of the multiple floors of the house. Under-the-stair light fixtures are a brilliant way to add extra lighting and grandeur to the place.

With pastel pink walls and tiles of the same shade, this foyer is all about decent and simple entryways. A chaise lounge with lots of plush cushions and a small birdhouse provide a place to sit comfortably and relax as well.

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With pastel pink walls and tiles of the same shade, this foyer is all about decent and simple entryways. A chaise lounge with lots of plush cushions and a small birdhouse provide a place to sit comfortably and relax as well.

This seems like a foyer from an old England house. The stairway is spiral and housed near the corner to make the entrance truly spacious and functional for small gatherings and the likes.

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This seems like a foyer from an old England house. The stairway is spiral and housed near the corner to make the entrance truly spacious and functional for small gatherings and the likes.

This museum-styled foyer uses antique decorations, a rug with stone-age type drawings and embedded lights for a really special look.

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This museum-styled foyer uses antique decorations, a rug with stone-age type drawings and embedded lights for a really special look.

This foyer design shouts modern interiors at the very first glance. Black stair treads with white risers are the perfect way to match the monochromatic tones.

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This foyer design shouts modern interiors at the very first glance. Black stair treads with white risers are the perfect way to match the monochromatic tones.

With a low ceiling, wide-angular design and shades of mild blue, this foyer reminds one of a cabin in a luxury cruise liner.

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With a low ceiling, wide-angular design and shades of mild blue, this foyer reminds one of a cabin in a luxury cruise liner.

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This small foyer balances brown and blue in just the right proportions. The tile work at the entrance is a unique way to replace conventional rugs.

This foyer design comprises of two-toned stairs and a high-gloss marble floor that is a unique contrast against the plain matt blue walls.

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This foyer design comprises of two-toned stairs and a high-gloss marble floor that is a unique contrast against the plain matt blue walls.

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A bright and multicolor patterned rug is the perfect way to add some brightness in a dark wood-based entryway.

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This simple yet mysterious looking foyer is best suited for people who love ancient art in modern designs.

This majestic entrance welcomes the guest with open arms by giving a full-fledged view of the living room and beyond. Glass railings are a clever way to counterbalance the heavy wooden frames.

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This majestic entrance welcomes the guest with open arms by giving a full-fledged view of the living room and beyond. Glass railings are a clever way to counterbalance the heavy wooden frames.

If you love the deep black-polished mahogany wood yet don’t want the entrance from becoming too dark, then couple the wooden wall and window frames with white railings and milk tea floorboards like shown above.

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If you love the deep black-polished mahogany wood yet don’t want the entrance from becoming too dark, then couple the wooden wall and window frames with white railings and milk tea floorboards like shown above.

Black and white is a common color combination so this house uses black with vanilla hues for an equally alluring look. An upholstered red velvet seat, a glamorous wall mirror and a pot of green take this foyer to a whole different level.

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Black and white is a common color combination so this house uses black with vanilla hues for an equally alluring look. An upholstered red velvet seat, a glamorous wall mirror and a pot of green take this foyer to a whole different level.

With a dark backdrop combined with plain white walls and door frame, this foyer makes an elegant entryway for small homes.

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With a dark backdrop combined with plain white walls and door frame, this foyer makes an elegant entryway for small homes.

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From milk-chocolate brown walls and two-toned floorboards to matching center table and center rug, this foyer is bold and beautiful.

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This foyer uses a giant ancient ornament against a glass wall overlooking the bright greenery outside to create a sense that one is perhaps visiting a Buddhist temple.

This foyer combines elements of the Victorian era with contemporary living to create an entrance that will amaze everyone with its fragile yet stunning decorations.

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This foyer combines elements of the Victorian era with contemporary living to create an entrance that will amaze everyone with its fragile yet stunning decorations.

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For great foyers, it is important to consider what goes into the central space. This villa houses a small garden right in the center to create a lasting impression on the visitors.

Simple yet lively best describe this entrance. Lots of indoor plants that complement the paintings of wild birds and the marble foyer table at the side make this a homely entryway.

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Simple yet lively best describe this entrance. Lots of indoor plants that complement the paintings of wild birds and the marble foyer table at the side make this a homely entryway.

A vintage hanging lantern illuminates this entrance with fascinating designs on the ceiling while the red brick floor is a nice replacement to the traditional wooden floorboards.

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A vintage hanging lantern illuminates this entrance with fascinating designs on the ceiling while the red brick floor is a nice replacement to the traditional wooden floorboards.

Comprising of a mini fountain with water overflowing into the entrance, this foyer is nothing short of beauty and extravagance. A bit of wild greenery goes a long way in adding life and cheer to the place.

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Comprising of a mini fountain with water overflowing into the entrance, this foyer is nothing short of beauty and extravagance. A bit of wild greenery goes a long way in adding life and cheer to the place.

This entrance is only about minimalism and nothing else. Glass walls provide an impressive view of nature while the stonework matches the gray floor well.

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This entrance is only about minimalism and nothing else. Glass walls provide an impressive view of nature while the stonework matches the gray floor well.

This entrance takes rustic charm to a completely different level. The twisted trunk is probably fake, but it’s an interesting item for an entrance nonetheless.

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This entrance takes rustic charm to a completely different level. The twisted trunk is probably fake, but it’s an interesting item for an entrance nonetheless.

This entrance merges different textures artistically. The gray mosaic stone floor is a soft contrast against the honey wooden doors. The large ceiling light illuminates the place and creates a welcoming environment.

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This entrance merges different textures artistically. The gray mosaic stone floor is a soft contrast against the honey wooden doors. The large ceiling light illuminates the place and creates a welcoming environment.

This foyer balances the stone walls and muted beige floors by subtle hints of color here and there. For instance, the colorful wall set at the entrance and the pastel pink carpet near the door.

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This foyer balances the stone walls and muted beige floors by subtle hints of color here and there. For instance, the colorful wall set at the entrance and the pastel pink carpet near the door.

Many homeowners seek a touch of serenity in the entrance and the best way to achieve that is to keep the foyer void of unnecessary items and decorations, just like this design.

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This space on the top floor of a house displays nothing but a battalion horse on a heavy wooden table that perfectly matches the multi-toned floorboards beneath.

This modern foyer design uses a two-toned staircase with black wood panels at the side. Add in an abstract painting and a contemporary decorative piece and you have a chic entryway.

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This modern foyer design uses a two-toned staircase with black wood panels at the side. Add in an abstract painting and a contemporary decorative piece and you have a chic entryway.

This entryway is gothic and completely black. It might not create a very welcoming style but if the homeowner likes it, who’s there to stop them?

This entryway is gothic and completely black. It might not create a very welcoming style but if the homeowner likes it, who’s there to stop them?

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This entryway seems like a magazine picture, although it’s from an actual house. A bright pink door couple with coral blue seats, a forest green wall with an intense yellow backdrop – various colors are at pay in this foyer to make it look stunning.

This foyer design is best suited for homeowners who are all about organic living. The beige wooden floor is a stark contrast against the deep black window frames. Together, all the elements create a very open and airy entrance.

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This foyer design is best suited for homeowners who are all about organic living. The beige wooden floor is a stark contrast against the deep black window frames. Together, all the elements create a very open and airy entrance.

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The glass doors in this foyer provide a breathtaking view of the outside while the giant throw rug at the entrance comprises of a design that makes it seem as if there are clouds beneath your feet.

What’s unique about this foyer are the red carpeted stairs that counterbalance the brown and vanilla hues.

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What’s unique about this foyer are the red carpeted stairs that counterbalance the brown and vanilla hues.

This foyer generously houses various forms of greenery to make a lively entrance.

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For houses with coffered ceilings, keep the entrance plain with a large flower vase at the center as in this design.

This foyer generously houses various forms of greenery to make a lively entrance.

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This foyer generously houses various forms of greenery to make a lively entrance.

Keep it simple with a grand piano and few decorative vases like this foyer.

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Keep it simple with a grand piano and few decorative vases like this foyer.

This entrance comprises of an elaborate and stately stairway that is well lit from the ceiling lights.

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This entrance comprises of an elaborate and stately stairway that is well lit from the ceiling lights.

This monochromatic foyer is the perfect example of how to balance the ultimate duo of black and white.

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Aside from the motherly advice, the entryway to the home is also an exit–the family sees this room last when leaving for the morning. Entryways typically house the exterior clothing: coats, hats, boots, among other items.

An entryway may have a grand staircase, it may be small and open directly into the main living area, or it may act as a mudroom.

Either way, the entryway is an important room that is not to be overlooked when designing your home. The important functions it serves are subtle when done right, and obvious when the room isn’t working optimally.

The rooms featured in this collection range in style from casual and modern to traditional and formal, and have many different layouts.

We hope you’ll enjoy this eclectic collection!

Types of Foyers and Entry Points

Most people take an entrance foyer for granted unless they’ve lived without one.

In our last home, the main entrance to our home was our kitchen.  And I’m talking directly into the kitchen.  Our son was born in that home which meant whenever we brought the stroller into our home, we wheeled it right on through our kitchen.  Then there’s the lack of shoe and coat space which can quickly clutter the entire space.

Our new home has a large entry foyer where we have space for a coat wardrobe, shelves, hooks and seating.  It’s a feature we really appreciate having lived without it.  Even a smaller entryway, such as a mudroom, can add that extra convenience.

Update… our current home now has a dedicated foyer area with closet.  It’s great to have but a foyer space, but one problem is that we live in a split level home and so there’s a short staircase leading into the foyer area which limits the space.  When we see guests off, it gets crowded if we go into the space with them.  We stand above seeing them off which is kind of weird.  Nevertheless we’re very happy to have a dedicated entry area at the front door.  FYI, we also a mudroom through the garage door, which is very handy.

Interestingly, we aren’t alone.  One of the most common complaints home owners have with their existing homes is a lack of a dedicated foyer space.  We love watching renovation and home-buying TV shows and the foyer is often in issue… such as requires more than one or when house hunting, dazzling prospective buyers with a grand one.

While a large foyer may seem excessive, and perhaps some of the grand foyers below are excessive, they serve a great purpose for any home.  Below is an extensive gallery of 44 pictures of foyer designs of contemporary homes.

2 Main Types of Home Entry Rooms

There are 2 main types of home entry rooms.  They are:

  1. Foyer; and
  2. Mudroom.

Some homes have neither and enter into the living room or some other space.  This isn’t ideal.  It’s much better to have a dedicated entry space.

The foyer is usually a home’s main entrance via the front door.  It may be grand or modest.  It’s a place where people can be welcomed and place their outer wear and bags.

The mudroom is a common entry via an attached garage or a rear door.  It’s the entry most used by kids and the household generally.  It’s often too small given the amount of stuff that it must store, especially a household with kids.

This article focuses on foyers.  You can read all about the types of mudrooms here.

Foyer Features

1. Shape

Foyers come in all shapes, including hexagon, round, octagon, rectangle and square.  In open concept home designs, the foyer may not seem to be a dedicated space, but instead opens directly into a living space such as living room and/or kitchen.  This doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a foyer.  As long as there is some space upon entry, that can be deemed a foyer space.

Examples of a round foyer:

Round foyer with antique furniture.2. Height

If I had to choose one room to have a taller ceiling it would be the living room.  However, the foyer is a close second.  Foyers with tall ceilings create a grand entrance.  Uusually these foyers have a staircase with upper landing.

However, a great foyer need not be 2 stories.  It can have a basic 8 or 9 foot ceiling.

Here are some examples of foyers of varying heights:

Foyer in older mansion with exposed wood beams, arched wooden staircase with carpet runner.

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Open foyer with straight staircase descending from small upper landing. Unfortunately the home is empty so we don't get to see the full effect with furniture and that "lived in" look.

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3. Style

Foyer style will typically mimic that of the home overall. For instance, you wouldn’t want a rustic foyer in a modern home unless you’re really into an eclectic look.

There are several interior design styles which means there are several foyer styles. The following illustrates some basic foyer styles… please keep in mind that while the following provides examples of some foyer styles, the potential style and decor is limitless.

There are modern, contemporary, traditional, rustic, cottage, mid-century modern, tropical, Asian, art deco, craftsman, Mediterranean and country to name a few of the predominant styles.  And then there are designs that incorporate two or more of these.

Examples of different foyer styles:

Moderately sized one-story foyer in white designed in a hallway layout leading to various rooms of the home.

Contemporary

This breezy entrance features a floating stairway to make a striking statement. All the glass and open space is warmed by the exotic wood used in the door to the left and again in the stairs.

Modern

The subtle lines on the walls and columns add visual interest to the light taupe paint. The entryway opens directly into the main living room, with accents of orange. A small table, sconces on the inside of the columns, and the chandelier just above the doorway define the entry space.

Open Concept

4. Size

When planning a home, you might think it a waste to dedicate any serious square footage to an entry way, but in my experience allocated at least 25 to 50 square feet is well worth the cost. In fact, it’s not terribly expensive square feet (not like a kitchen for example) and so you might be inclined to bump that up to 80 to 100 square feet. We currently have about a 40 square foot foyer, which is pretty small. Another 30 square feet would be fabulous.

For instance, in our 30 square feet, all we can fit is a small bench for sitting on or placing objects on. It would be nice to have more space for a larger bench and perhaps a foyer console table. Yes, you definitely want to consider furnishings for your entry way as well. However, furnish sparsely. You don’t want a cramped entry way. The furnishings should be functional, but also enhance the look of the space. A cramped foyer, no matter how nice the furnishings, will not look good.

That said, you don’t want your entire house to be a foyer. There are definitely diminishing returns to foyer size (for any room size for that matter). At some point it’s just wasted space unless you have an art gallery in your home and so your your entry way is a showpiece. Another consideration is the overall size of your home. If you have a 5,000 square foot home, it should have a larger foyer. The foyer, within a size range such as 30 to 300 square feet, should be commensurate to your home’s overall size.

2 ways to give the impression of a larger foyer is to incorporate some mirrors and/or have taller ceilings.

Here are some examples of different sizes:

This lovely foyer utilizes dark wood to ground the small space. A built-in bench and shelf area is a smart use of functional space in such a small area.

Small(ish)

This soaring foyer houses a gorgeous geometric chandelier and a lovely staircase. Leaving the second floor open to the space below allows the room to remain feeling large and airy.

Medium

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5. Foyer Cost

As a person considering building a home, I’m constantly looking into the cost per square foot. It’s a frustrating practice because the range is huge, which should be obvious. Therefore, it follows that the range in cost for a foyer can be huge. You can spend a ridiculous amount or keep it bare-bones.

That said, you’re typically looking at $125 to $200 per square foot depending on flooring, windows, the staircase, walls and height.

At $150 per square foot, a 75 square foot foyer will cost $11,250.  Obviously you can adjust the cost numbers yourself… but a decent foyer won’t cost too much more than $10,000 and in many cases less.

6. The Staircase

The staircase is so important to home design, we dedicated an entire post to it. Needless to say, the staircase, if there is one, is usually a focal point of the foyer. In my view, it’s important to give your staircase serious design consideration. It really can enhance your home’s interior design.  We deem the staircase so important that we have a dedicated gallery and article for staircases here.

7. The Floor

The most common flooring materials for foyers are:

  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Laminate
  • Carpet
  • Vinyl
  • Marble

My favorite, like many other people, is hardwood. In fact, hardwood is ideal for an entry way because you don’t need the muting/warming benefits of carpet. Tile can be great in humid climates though.

If possible avoid laminate. It’s simply not as nice as hardwood or even quality tile for that matter. Vinyl is durable and less expensive but won’t offer the “wow” factor you might want in your home’s main entrance.

Here are examples of foyers with different types of floors:

One-story foyer with brown tile floor opening up to the left and right of the home. Built in benches lie under the windows framing the front door and entrance hall.

Tile

Entrance way framed by staircase wrapping around the space.

Wood

8. The Walls

Wall decor in foyers can follow the rules of the living room. It can be simply white or be more elaborate. Obviously one wall will contian the front door, which is also an important choice for your home – both on the inside and outside.

Wall options include:

  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Brick
  • Wainscoting/Beadboard
  • Wood paneling
  • Glass
  • Concrete

There really isn’t one best wall option. It really depends on the rest of your home.

Here are examples of foyers with different types of walls:

 This lovely, warm entryway has a main living area to the right, a staircase to the left, and the short hallway straight ahead leads to the backyard. The entryway is a combination of warm wood and neutral stone tiles.

Brick

This contemporary foyer has floors with a distinctive wood grain, polished cherry wood stair treads, and a bold patterned wall treatment. A large circular landing overlooks the foyer from the second floor.

Wallpaper

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9. Foyer Furnishing and Storage

Our foyer has a closet which is fabulous for storing our coats and guests’ coats. It’s very handy. I recommend installing a closet if you have the space and budget.

Other furnishing options for a foyer include:

Upscale home with large entry foyer. Half-landing stairs are to the left when facing indoors. Stairs are white and natural wood. Round table is placed in the center of the space. Foyer opens up to other rooms in the home.

Center table

Table: This could be a table placed in the center of a large foyer or if a smaller foyer, butted up against wall (console table). Both look great. Whatever you do, avoid creating a cramped space. A table isn’t worth it.

Chair(s): If large enough, you can place a chair or two in the foyer. This is a nice touch, perhaps nicer than a bench. I like chairs flanking a console table if there’s space. However, I think most foyers opt for some form of a bench.

Mirror(s): The foyer is a great place for a tall mirror so you can check yourself before heading out. It also adds a nice decorative touch if you get a nice mirror. Since it doesn’t take up much space, most foyer designs can accommodate this. However, you want to be careful that the mirror is placed so that people won’t bump into it when getting ready to leave.

Spacious foyer with multiple entry points to the home

Chair

Bench: If you get only one furniture item for your foyer, a bench of some sort is probably your best bet. There are many styles and designs you can choose from. We have a simple 2-level bench that does the job nicely. However, you can certainly buy a more elaborate bench that includes storage and built-in coat rack above.

Shoe Storage: If you don’t have a closet and you prefer not having shoes strewn all over the foyer, some place for shoes is a necessity. A simple shoe rack will do the job or a nice mat.

Umbrella stand: I live in a place where it rains a LOT. While we don’t have an umbrella stand for lack of foyer space, it would be handy for us and guests.

Coat rack: If you’re without a closet, a solid coat rack, if you have the space, is great to have. Nobody wants to dump their coats on a bench or worse, the floor. A sturdy coat rack can accommodate several coats and doesn’t take up too much space.

10. Lighting

One of the hardest home features to choose for any room is lighting. You must choose the type of light and decide on the fixture from literally thousands of fixtures.

However, if you have the height and space, foyer lighting is a no-brainer. It screams CHANDELIER. A chandelier is perfect for the foyer. It creates a dramatic and well lit entrance for guests. It’s a feature you may be able to see from other parts of the home.

Keep in mind there are many smaller chandeliers you can choose from. It need not be some massive grandiose chandelier.

If a chandelier isn’t a viable options, you can consider the following:

  • Floor lamps;
  • Recessed ceiling lighting:
  • Wall lights; or
  • Skylights (obviously you need artificial lighting as well for the night time).

Here are some foyers showcasing the different lighting options:

Pale paneled walls and a stunning crystal chandelier balance the dappled tones of the beautiful wood flooring and the deep wood of the front door. Gorgeous stained glass windows stand sentry around the broad front door.

Chandelier

Wall Lights








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