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101 Entryway Ideas (Photos)

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A spacious mudroom area featuring stylish hardwood flooring topped by a handsome area rug. It has a gorgeous shoe rack and a charming wooden side table as well.

A spacious mudroom area featuring stylish hardwood flooring topped by a handsome area rug. It has a gorgeous shoe rack and a charming wooden side table as well.

A modern mudroom area with a modern seating on the side. The area features hardwood floors and light gray walls.

A modern mudroom area with modern seating on the side. The area features hardwood floors and light gray walls.

A small foyer with a high ceiling and hardwood flooring. It also offers a half-turn staircase with carpeted steps.

A small foyer with a high ceiling and hardwood flooring. It also offers a half-turn staircase with carpeted steps.

A closer look at this home's white side table topped by a small indoor potted plant. The area features white walls and hardwood floors.

A closer look at this home’s white side table topped by a small indoor potted plant. The area features white walls and hardwood floors.

This foyer features a straight staircase leading to the home's second floor. The home's living space is set on the side, featuring a set of leather seats and a fireplace.

This foyer features a straight staircase leading to the home’s second floor. The home’s living space is set on the side, featuring a set of leather seats and a fireplace.

This foyer boasts an elegant curved staircase with enchanting railings design. It has stunning steps as well.

This foyer boasts an elegant curved staircase with enchanting railings design. It has stunning steps as well.

This home features an entryway leading straight to the living area boasting a modern set of furniture along with a fireplace, situated under the home's high ceiling.

This home features an entryway leading straight to the living area boasting a modern set of furniture along with a fireplace, situated under the home’s high ceiling.

A spacious entry boasting beige walls, hardwood floors topped by an area rug and a white shed ceiling featuring a skylight.

A spacious entry boasting beige walls, hardwood floors topped by an area rug and a white shed ceiling featuring a skylight.

A modern home boasting an entryway with a stylish wooden door. It has tiles flooring and beige walls.

A modern home boasting an entryway with a stylish wooden door. It has tiles flooring and beige walls.

Minimalist entryway featuring hardwood flooring and beige walls. It offers a sitting area on the side lighted by charming pendant lights.

Minimalist entryway featuring hardwood flooring and beige walls. It offers a sitting area on the side lighted by charming pendant lights.

A simplistic foyer with bright wall lights illuminating the area. The foyer features tiles flooring.

A simplistic foyer with bright wall lights illuminating the area. The foyer features tiles flooring.

Spacious foyer with stylish tiles flooring and a winder staircase with elegant railings design. The area features white walls and a regular ceiling.

Spacious foyer with stylish tiles flooring and a winder staircase with elegant railings design. The area features white walls and a regular ceiling.

A beautiful foyer boasting stunning decorated tiles flooring, along with a curved staircase, surrounded by brown walls and a two-storey ceiling.

A beautiful foyer boasting stunning decorated tiles flooring, along with a curved staircase, surrounded by brown walls and a two-story ceiling.

This grand foyer boasts a gorgeous staircase with hardwood carpeted steps and a glamorous chandelier light hanging from the stunning high ceiling.

This grand foyer boasts a gorgeous staircase with hardwood carpeted steps and a glamorous chandelier light hanging from the stunningly high ceiling.

This home features a foyer with white walls and a lovely white ceiling. The area has a sitting area on the side featuring a fireplace, lighted by a chandelier.

This home features a foyer with white walls and a lovely white ceiling. The area has a sitting area on the side featuring a fireplace, lighted by a chandelier.

An entryway with brown walls, hardwood floors and a ceiling with beams. There's also a staircase featuring hardwood steps and handrails.

An entryway with brown walls, hardwood floors and a ceiling with beams. There’s also a staircase featuring hardwood steps and handrails.

A contemporary house with a foyer featuring well-polished hardwood floors, white walls and a high ceiling.

A contemporary house with a foyer featuring well-polished hardwood floors, white walls, and a high ceiling.

This foyer features brown tiles flooring with a pendant light, along with a staircase with dark hardwood steps.

This foyer features brown tiles flooring with a pendant light, along with a staircase with dark hardwood steps.

A foyer boasting a gorgeous curved staircase with elegant railings and hardwood steps. The area has hardwood floors topped by a large classy area rug where the centerpiece table is set.

A foyer boasting a gorgeous curved staircase with elegant railings and hardwood steps. The area has hardwood floors topped by a large classy area rug where the centerpiece table is set.

A mudroom featuring a white brick wall along with white concrete walls. The area also has hardwood floors and a tall ceiling.

A mudroom featuring a white brick wall along with white concrete walls. The area also has hardwood floors and a tall ceiling.

A mudroom featuring stylish hardwood floors and light gray walls. The lighting on the wall looks absolutely charming as well.

A mudroom featuring stylish hardwood floors and light gray walls. The lighting on the wall looks absolutely charming as well.

A mudroom featuring hardwood floors and light gray walls. It features a small seat on the side, along with built-in shelving and cabinetry.

A mudroom featuring hardwood floors and light gray walls. It features a small seat on the side, along with built-in shelving and cabinetry.

A mudroom featuring checker tiles flooring and gray walls. The area is lighted by stylish wall lights.

A mudroom featuring checker tiles flooring and gray walls. The area is lighted by stylish wall lights.

A mudroom featuring a hallway with a stylish wall with a mirror, along with tiles flooring. This hallway leads to the bathroom with a walk-in shower.

A mudroom featuring a hallway with a stylish wall with a mirror, along with tiles flooring. This hallway leads to the bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Spacious mudroom boasting a modern L-shaped sofa along with a white sink counter. The area features white and gray walls, along with hardwood flooring.

Spacious mudroom boasting a modern L-shaped sofa along with a white sink counter. The area features white and gray walls, along with hardwood flooring.

This entry features a narrow hallway featuring hardwood floors, white walls and a tall white ceiling.

This entry features a narrow hallway featuring hardwood floors, white walls, and a tall white ceiling.

An empty mudroom area with a wooden built-in cabinetry and drawers. The area features beige walls and tiles flooring.

An empty mudroom area with wooden built-in cabinetry and drawers. The area features beige walls and tiles flooring.

A mudroom featuring checker tiles flooring along with green walls and a regular ceiling. The area features a sink counter, together with cabinetry and built-in shelving. There's a bench seating as well.

A mudroom featuring checker tiles flooring along with green walls and a regular ceiling. The area features a sink counter, together with cabinetry and built-in shelving. There’s a bench seating as well.

Contemporary home featuring a foyer with stylish tiles flooring and a white ceiling. It offers a mudroom area with a bench seating as well.

Contemporary home featuring a foyer with stylish tiles flooring and a white ceiling. It offers a mudroom area with bench seating as well.

An entryway boasting a very stylish wall design, along with hardwood floors and a ceiling with track lights.

An entryway boasting a very stylish wall design, along with hardwood floors and a ceiling with track lights.

A spacious entry with gray tiles flooring and gray walls. It leads to the home's living space with a modern and elegant gray couch set on the home's hardwood flooring.

A spacious entry with gray tiles flooring and gray walls. It leads to the home’s living space with a modern and elegant gray couch set on the home’s hardwood flooring.

A mudroom that looks very modish, featuring checker tiles flooring and gray walls. It has built-in cabinetry and drawers, along with a built-in bench seating.

A mudroom that looks very modish, featuring checker tiles flooring and gray walls. It has built-in cabinetry and drawers, along with a built-in bench seating.

An entryway with a narrow hallway featuring hardwood floors and beige walls. It leads to the area's dine-in kitchen.

An entryway with a narrow hallway featuring hardwood floors and beige walls. It leads to the area’s dine-in kitchen.

This mudroom offers built-in cabinetry and drawers, along with a built-in bench seating. The area features gray walls and tiles flooring.

This mudroom offers built-in cabinetry and drawers, along with a built-in bench seating. The area features gray walls and tiles flooring.

An entryway featuring hardwood floors and is surrounded by gray walls. The area features a stylish wooden door.

An entryway featuring hardwood floors and is surrounded by gray walls. The area features a stylish wooden door.

A narrow mudroom with tiles flooring and a white bench seating on the side. The mudroom looks very simple.

A narrow mudroom with tiles flooring and a white bench seating on the side. The mudroom looks very simple.

A closer look at this mudroom's bench seating with built-in cabinetry and drawers. The area features hardwood floors and is lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

A closer look at this mudroom’s bench seating with built-in cabinetry and drawers. The area features hardwood floors and is lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This entry features beige walls and tiles flooring, along with a centerpiece table set in front of the doorway.

This entry features beige walls and tiles flooring, along with a centerpiece table set in front of the doorway.

A Mediterranean home boasting a spacious entry with hardwood floors topped by a classy area rug, along with a tall ceiling with exposed beams.

A Mediterranean home boasting a spacious entry with hardwood floors topped by a classy area rug, along with a tall ceiling with exposed beams.

Spacious entryway boasting well-polished hardwood flooring and yellow walls surrounding the home. The ceiling features recessed ceiling lights. The hallway leads straight to the home's great room.

Spacious entryway boasting well-polished hardwood flooring and yellow walls surrounding the home. The ceiling features recessed ceiling lights. The hallway leads straight to the home’s great room.

A small entry with decorated tiles flooring, light gray walls and a tall ceiling. It also offers an L-shaped staircase with carpeted steps.

A small entry with decorated tiles flooring, light gray walls, and a tall ceiling. It also offers an L-shaped staircase with carpeted steps.

This foyer features beige tiles flooring and beige walls, along with a staircase with hardwood steps and iron railings.

This foyer features beige tiles flooring and beige walls, along with a staircase with hardwood steps and iron railings.

This foyer boasts a glamorous staircase with elegant carpet steps. The area features tiles flooring and a high ceiling, along with a fancy centerpiece table.

This foyer boasts a glamorous staircase with elegant carpet steps. The area features tiles flooring and a high ceiling, along with a fancy centerpiece table.

An entryway featuring yellow walls and hardwood floors topped by a classy area rug and is lighted by a charming ceiling light.

An entryway featuring yellow walls and hardwood floors topped by a classy area rug and is lighted by a charming ceiling light.

A focused look at this foyer's gorgeous straight staircase with elegant railings, lighted by a jaw-dropping chandelier hanging from the home's high ceiling

A focused look at this foyer’s gorgeous straight staircase with elegant railings, lighted by a jaw-dropping chandelier hanging from the home’s high ceiling

A foyer area featuring hardwood floors and gray walls, along with a two-storey ceiling lighted by a gorgeous ceiling light.

A foyer area featuring hardwood floors and gray walls, along with a two-story ceiling lighted by a gorgeous ceiling light.

This foyer features tiles flooring topped by an area rug and is surrounded by light gray walls. It offers a winder staircase with carpeted steps.

This foyer features tiles flooring topped by an area rug and is surrounded by light gray walls. It offers a winder staircase with carpeted steps.

This home offers a foyer with a curved staircase featuring hardwood steps and iron railings. The area features classy tiles flooring topped by a red area rug where the centerpiece table is set.

This home offers a foyer with a curved staircase featuring hardwood steps and iron railings. The area features classy tiles flooring topped by a red area rug where the centerpiece table is set.

A grand foyer boasting an elegant curved staircase lighted by a stunning glamorous chandelier hanging from the home's high ceiling.

A grand foyer boasting an elegant curved staircase lighted by a stunning glamorous chandelier hanging from the home’s high ceiling.

This home offers an entry featuring hardwood flooring, white walls and a white ceiling with lined up recessed ceiling lights. The area also offers a staircase with hardwood steps.

This home offers an entry featuring hardwood flooring, white walls and a white ceiling with lined up recessed ceiling lights. The area also offers a staircase with hardwood steps.

A spacious foyer boasting carpeted flooring, beige walls and a regular ceiling. There's a straight staircase leading to the home's second floor.

A spacious foyer boasting carpeted flooring, beige walls and a regular ceiling. There’s a straight staircase leading to the home’s second floor.

This mudroom features a white brick wall and stylish hardwood flooring. The area also has a box-type modern shoe rack on the side.

This mudroom features a white brick wall and stylish hardwood flooring. The area also has a box-type modern shoe rack on the side.

A small foyer featuring hardwood flooring and an area rug. The area is surrounded by beige walls. There's a staircase with carpeted steps and a charming ceiling light.

A small foyer featuring hardwood flooring and an area rug. The area is surrounded by beige walls. There’s a staircase with carpeted steps and a charming ceiling light.

This entry features wooden walls and hardwood floors, along with a hardwood staircase with carpeted steps.

This entry features wooden walls and hardwood floors, along with a hardwood staircase with carpeted steps.

Large foyer featuring classy marble tiles flooring and beige walls, along with a two-storey ceiling and a curved staircase. The area is lighted by a handsome-looking chandelier.

Large foyer featuring classy marble tiles flooring and beige walls, along with a two-story ceiling and a curved staircase. The area is lighted by a handsome-looking chandelier.

Large foyer boasting classy decorated marble tiles flooring surrounded by white walls and a cathedral ceiling. The area boasts a fireplace and a set of elegant furniture, lighted by a glamorous chandelier.

Large foyer boasting classy decorated marble tiles flooring surrounded by white walls and a cathedral ceiling. The area boasts a fireplace and a set of elegant furniture, lighted by a glamorous chandelier.

This entryway features a hallway with hardwood floors and beige walls, along with a long side table topped by a large charming table lamp.

This entryway features a hallway with hardwood floors and beige walls, along with a long side table topped by a large charming table lamp.

This home's entryway features classy checker tiles flooring along with a staircase with carpeted steps, lighted by a charming chandelier. The hall leads to the home's elegant living space with a large fireplace.

This home’s entryway features classy checker tiles flooring along with a staircase with carpeted steps, lighted by a charming chandelier. The hall leads to the home’s elegant living space with a large fireplace.

Types of Entry Halls

“Open Sesame!” I wonder what the entryway would look like inside this fictitious mountain cavern filled with treasure. Would it be a grand foyer gilded in gold and jewel furnishings or a simple mudroom for those thieves to clean up in before storing their loot? I guess we can only imagine. What I do know is: any house would totally benefit from having one or both of these entryways to their abode.

Here is a compact but definitive guide to entryways:

Foyer

The room you see after you enter the front door of a home. For large establishments like a hotel or an office building, this room would be the lobby.

Foyer to celebrity Lauren Conrad's mansion house.If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the Foyer Area would be the preview of the house. Traditionally, it is the first room you find yourself in after you enter the front door. What your guests see in the foyer would mostly reflect the theme of the house, so it is very essential that the foyer looks great. In some cases, the foyer is the best-looking place in the house! Whether you design it to impress, or to make a guest feel welcome, the foyer is a must-have. Even in homes where spaces seem tight, it is always a good decision to opt for an entry hall where visitors can rest from their journey, compose themselves and anticipate being welcomed into the more private parts of your sanctuary.

The word FOYER has French origins, literally referring to the “green room”, a resting and “thinking room” for theater actors when they are not on stage.   It was also used to describe the room where patrons of the arts gather before entering the main theater. In modern times, Foyer is now used for that space after you enter the front door and before you enter the living room or one of them.

Foyers do not have strict specifications to be recognized as such. There are narrow halls, pentagon-shaped rooms, round ones, square ones, or even combinations of different shapes like an L- shaped one or a half oval. It could have multiple purposes apart from being an entryway. It could be a coat room, a spill-over living or dining room for when you have gatherings, a place to house your bills, correspondence or even a mini library to house your myriad of books. Whatever purpose it serves in your house, the Foyer area should definitely stand out and be teeming with personality and charm – reflecting the rest of the house and giving visitors a first impression of the owner’s aesthetics.

So what are the basics of a good foyer? Though design and function vary from house to house, culture to culture and degree of opulence, every foyer should at least have these basic features:

All foyers

A Statement Wall

It could be textured, painted or made to pop with a big riveting artwork or well- placed framed images like black and white prints or family photos, watercolor paintings or even your own artwork. It’s very important to tie them together into a cohesive theme. Otherwise, it would just be clutter on the wall.Medium-sized Contemporary foyer with green walls and glass front doors.

A Table

Depending on the size of the foyer area, a table can anchor a room and make it more inviting and warm. It could be around a center table where visitors can congregate, or a console table placed against the statement wall to hold art pieces and maybe a lamp for mood lighting. Its drawers could act as storage for letters and bills, stationery and other correspondence essentials. Beneath the table, baskets can be placed for more storage space. Other pieces can also act as tables: benches, armoires, glass tables, low cabinets, over-sized vintage pieces of luggage. You can be as creative as you can as long as it ties up with the rest of the room.Foyer to celebrity Kylie Jenner's Beverly Hills mansion.

A Mirror

Placing a big mirror above the wall table will automatically make the room bigger and much more inviting. It will provide the eyes a solid focal point to rest on. Make it stand out by choosing one with ornate gilded frames, classic wood frames, metallic frames or art deco styles. The cut of the mirror will also provide architectural detail to the room. Oval, round, square or a wavy “S” cut will spell the difference between a good room and a splendid room.An art portrait and a gilded mirror accessorizes this small foyer.

Seating Furniture

A well-placed sofa, a bench or even just one interesting chair would add warmth to a room, making it more inviting. Having a chair to sit on while waiting to be invited to the inner parts of the house, is a must for the comfort of your guests.

Again, choose well-designed seating furniture to add interest to the room.

Pink foyer with flushmount lighting and panorama windows.

Beautiful Flooring

Beautiful polished hardwood floors, statement patterned tiles, marble entryways or even ceramic tiles could spell spectacular when doing entryways. Carpets would spell disaster since it’s boring and not conducive to wear and tear. Choose a design that would make a statement. Creating a visual feast from the ground up.

 

Lighting

There’s nothing more spectacular than the beauty of natural light filtering in at daytime and at night, mood lighting to provide a bit of drama and tons of warmth to your foyer area. A stark, fluorescent light just wouldn’t do. Instead, lights of varying sizes and illumination would be just right. Backlighted panels, pin lights, lamps and a myriad of other lighting fixtures could definitely set the tone for the evening. Since first impressions last, make bold statements on this one.

Apart from the basics, you can go the extra mile in making your foyer a great place: A statement ceiling, an interactive wall or if you have a really big space, a guest toilet or powder room. Remember to pull everything together, do not overcrowd or over decorate. Make it as welcoming as possible. It is the first thing you see when you come home, and the last one when you lock up. Make it spectacular in your own way.

 

Mudroom

The second entry room in the house, very functional but more private than the foyer area.

 

If the foyer is the preview of the main house, the mudroom is the clean-up room prior to entering the main house. It’s the secondary entryway, where you take off your shoes, your coats, scarves, bags, among other stuff and place them on hooks, cabinets, shoe racks and even oversized baskets for neat storage.

This room, however big or tiny is essential in not bringing the dirt from the outside to the inner sanctuary of your home. This room could be accessed from the foyer area so that guests could also use it to store their outer clothes and shoes, should there be a “no shoe inside” house rule.

Essentials for a mudroom:

Hooks and Coat Racks

For organized storage, hooks and coat racks or even wardrobe cabinets would be one of the basic furnishings of a mudroom. The more the merrier.

Traditional mudroom with hooks and coat racks.

Sitting Furniture

Benches, Sofas, chairs, all of these are essential must-haves for the mudroom. A place to sit on to easily take off your shoes, or even to catch your breath.

Storage

Plenty of storage is always a plus to any room and especially so for a mudroom. A place for shoes, clothes, bags, gym equipment, sports stuff, umbrellas, raincoats is just some of the things that would need a good place to be put in.

Traditional mudroom with plenty of storage closets.

Tiled Floor

This is a MUST! You want to be able to easily clean up muddy, wet, dirty floors and tiles are the flooring of choice. You don’t want to be scratching a beautiful hardwood floor, so tiles it should be. Opt for textured floor tiles instead of the smooth ones to avoid accidents.

Beyond the basics, other things are now becoming essential for the mudroom:

  • Laundry machines – it makes sense to place these in the mudroom so that you could immediately throw in your dirty clothes. In case of pouring rain, this would really come in handy.
  • Wardrobe for extra clothes, beddings, bathroom essentials for in-house guests.
  • Sink or washing area – for quick cleanups of muddy feet, dirty hands or face.

Though more utilitarian than the impressive foyer, the mudroom is a great asset to any house for its multi-functionality and versatility in making sure homeowners and guests alike look presentable before entering the main hub.

Whether you only have enough space for just one or if you have plenty of space for both, it is good foresight to include these entryways to act as gateways to your inner world. A welcoming space for visitors to compose themselves and prepare to be welcomed to your sanctuary, or it could act as a barrier for those who need not see your private spaces. Entryways also act as a starting point for inspiration for designing the other rooms in your home. Especially for foyers, it would give a lasting impression to those who’ve seen it.

With the advent of social media, the whole world can visit your foyer or mudroom. It is also a great platform for finding inspiration for your spaces. DIY (Do-it-yourself) projects have become a way of life for those of us who cannot afford expensive designers. And designers themselves, even celebrities, use social media to find ideas to emulate.

No space for an entryway? There are tons of ideas to create one where there is none. All you need is an inspiration and the willingness to do it. It is always exciting how creative people can be. And don’t forget to share the work that you’ve done. Somebody out there is looking for an idea and yours just might be it!

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