Let's talk about entryways. Haven't given them much thought? That's okay, because we have. On the surface they're not as fun to fantasize about as dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms—after all, aren't they just a transitional space from your front door to the rest of the home? How very dare you! Whether you're working with a grand, formal entrance or a tiny hallway antechamber, this is the place to make a fab first impression, and we don't have to tell you that you only have one chance to knock it out of the park. Read on for how you can make your entryway a standout.
First things first—any good entryway has got to have a place for guests to hang their coats and kick off their shoes. Nothing says 'make yourself at home' like a convenient place to ditch your outerwear and get comfy. Worried about your foyer looking more like a mudroom? Make your storage items a design statement of their own, like a fluted column umbrella stand or sculptural wall hooks.
GO CRAZY WITH ART
Because we cannot stress the power of art enough, a gallery wall hung in an entryway is inarguably one of the smartest places to show off your growing collection of frames. Why? When your visitors cross the threshold of your home, this is the first room that they see, and nothing shows off your style more than the art you love the most.
just add flowers
Displaying fun blooms is the cheapest and easiest way to quickly zhuzh up any space, but in the entry especially, they'll have guests mistaking your place for a chic hotel lobby. Next time you're at the flower shop, opt for any one of these eye-catching flowering branches instead of those been-there-done-that peonies.
let your personality shine
Most foyers are relatively small, but that doesn't mean these little alcoves can't make a memorable statement. Take India Hicks's home in Harbor Island—the designer's entryway features a vase of fishtail palms, a sprig of bright red coral, and an imposing shark jaw; vibing directly off of its Bahamian surroundings and the beachy DNA of its owners.
Play with color
Chances are you don't spend too much time hanging out by the front door, making it the perfect place to experiment with color. A pink wall, green chair, and rainbow-colored rug may feel a bit too overwhelming in a living room, but in a nook by the front door, these bold hues are much less likely to wear on your color tolerance.