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25 Gorgeous Entryway Decor Ideas to Make a Lasting First Impression

by DecorMatters|updated Jan 02, 2024

Your entryway is the gateway to your unique and personal style, offering a captivating preview of the stunning interior design that awaits within. It doesn't matter if your living quarters are a cozy apartment or a luxurious mansion - your entryway is the first opportunity to make a statement and set the tone for visitors.

We've searched high and low to bring you 25 incredible ideas for entryway decor that will leave a lasting impression. From statement rugs to eye-catching artwork, we've curated a collection of inspiring design ideas that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who enters your home.

1. Connect the Home to its History

This charming entryway design perfectly blends old and new. By incorporating antique pieces and repurposing them with fresh finishes, Becca Casey of Becca Interiors was able to connect this 117-year-old home to its rich history while still adding a modern touch. 

Antique entryway design 

📸: Becca Interiors

“Bring layers to your entryway with antique pieces and textural finishes,” says Becca. Original features such as the wooden bench and the nature-inspired wallpaper evoke feelings of nostalgia and vintage charm. And with hats hanging on the wall and a floral bouquet in a basket on the ground, the room feels welcoming and cozy.

2. Unique and Repurposed Items

Decorating an entryway using secondhand furniture

📸: YSS Interior Design

This space not only greets guests with style but also tells a story through carefully curated pieces. “The caned black mirror lends a casual feel to this formal foyer,” explains Yancey Seibert Shearouse of YSS Interior Design. “We recovered the client’s chairs in a great Schumacher dragon fabric and used her bowfront chest to anchor the space. We added punches of color and texture with her art and the Asian canister. The classic area rug and draped marble lamp finished the look.”

3. Try Checkered Flooring

luxurious and minimal entryway space 

📸: Erik Maille 

Interior designer Erik Maille has created an elegant and luxurious space that's guaranteed to impress. With checkered flooring and bold wooden furniture, including a mirror, table, and horse head sculpture, this entryway exudes sophistication and charm. The black and white pairs beautifully with the dark wooden colors, creating a visual feast for the eyes. And with natural lighting streaming in from open windows, the space feels warm and inviting.

4. Style with a Bench

Sometimes the simplest design choices can make the biggest impact, and this entryway styled with a bench is a perfect example. Interior designer and DIY expert, Stefana Silber, says that her “favorite way to style an entryway and stairway area is with a bench. It’s less expected but also easier because you can just place a throw pillow or two to decorate it."

Light and airy entryway design 

📸: Stefana Silber

The white backdrop is stunning as it is. Stefana points out that "long spans of white walls can feel plain and boring. Entryway molding creates visual interest and removes the need for decor on every wall." She continues, “Let the entryway molding shine. the wall trim provides so much visual interest and is an architectural feature, you don’t even need to decorate the space any further."

5. Use a Warm and Welcoming Color Palette

Cozy lounge area for an entryway 

📸: Ryan Haus Interiors + Design

With a gorgeous color palette featuring soft whites and earthy tones, this entryway feels more like an inviting and cozy lounge area. “I wanted our entryway to feel curated, warm, and welcoming,” emphasizes Bonnie Ryan of Ryan Haus Interiors + Design. “There’s something about this stunning velvet chair that sets the mood for this whole space. The checkered print rug and fringe ottoman are the perfect compliments! It’s a perfect spot to take off your shoes, read a book or just take in the pretty views outside.”

6. Shop Thrifted Pieces

Sustainable entryway decoration idea

📸:  Ashley Lyn Home

“Unique and sustainable” can be used to describe Ashley Lyn Home’s entryway. This space is a testament to the beauty of repurposing and sustainable interior design, showcasing how secondhand finds can truly shine. Ashley encourages us to explore thrift stores and second-hand shops, reminding us that hidden gems and unique pieces are waiting to be discovered. The dark and moody design creates an intriguing ambiance, with an array of small elements that come together to tell a captivating story. And let's not forget about the vintage piano! It adds a touch of playfulness and nostalgia, making this entryway truly unique and fun.

7. Make a Statement with Wallpaper

Decorate your entryway with a statement wallpaper 

📸: LC Interiors

“A home should reflect your personal style. And this entryway started with no style. This wallpaper was the jumping-off point. It added pizazz and a wow factor,” emphasizes Laura Coleman of LC Interiors. “These plug-in wall sconces allowed for a fun element instead of a standard table lamp.” The designer's keen eye for detail is evident in the consistent color palette that runs throughout the space. The console table, circular mirror, rug, basket, pillow, and staircase all tie the room together and create a cohesive and inviting entryway.

8. Use Natural Materials

Natural materials to design your entryway 

📸: Kathleen Walsh Interiors

“In this house, natural materials shone so we let them take center stage,” says NYC interior designer Kathleen Walsh. “We loved how the pale violet-toned, off-white walls complemented warm pine architectural features. Injecting a sense of energy is key in our designs and mixing modern art and sconces with antique elements always creates a great dynamic.” With exposed beams and wide-plank pine floors, the entryway exudes character and warmth. Kathleen also points out, “We specifically sought to root our design in the ethos of New England but bring the personality of our well-traveled clients to their home. My advice to all, look to reveal who you are and nod to the architectural integrity of your home, it’s a slam-dunk success every time.”

9. Place Baskets Underneath a Console Table

Console table for an entryway decor 

📸: @dallasdecorhome

“The most important piece in the entryway is the console table, which can provide both style and functionality. I added a couple of baskets underneath with a throw blanket, but they can also be used for storage,” says Lauren of @dallasdecorhome. This soft and neutral-colored entryway space is simple and well-balanced. “If I add a lamp on one side, I’ll add something around the same height on the other side, such as a vase with faux florals. In between the lamp and vase, I added a couple of storage boxes and a stack of books with a candle.”

10. Combine Function and Style

Organic and abstract entryway design 

📸: Michelle Moskalenko

This isn't your ordinary entryway - created by DIY and home expert, Michelle Moskalenko, the unique use of organic and abstract shapes, bold furniture, and a black-stained staircase creates an environment that's both functional and visually stunning. Michelle comments, “A mirror is positioned across from my dining room window, reflecting light back into the house. Stools are tucked under the console table, providing extra seating for the dining room when needed. I’ve also added a light fixture above the console table to create a pleasant atmosphere and provide extra light. This fixture not only enhances the space but also brings everything together nicely by adding height and cohesion.”

11. Get Playful and Green for Spring

Fun and bold entryway design 

📸: Ariel Okin Interiors

Step into a world of whimsy and playfulness with this enchanting entryway design by Ariel Okin of Ariel Okin Interiors. With a delightful palette of soft pastel green, this space exudes a breath of fresh spring air. The textures and subtle hints of the season, like the watering pot, add an inviting touch. The room is a true burst of cheerfulness, with blue accents popping up in the checkered bench cushions and the soft white and blue striped wallpaper. Woven and natural jute elements bring a touch of rustic charm, from the adorable dog decorations on the floor to the runner rug, hats, bag, mirror, and ceiling lighting.

12. Keep it Minimal

Minimal entryway idea to make a lasting first impression

📸: Studio Ett Hem

Pauline Lorenzi-Boisrond of Studio Ett Hem has created an entryway that exemplifies minimal interior design. By using natural elements such as wood, she has created a clean design that feels warm and grounded. The horizontal bars of wood on the wall have a texture that's so irresistible, you'll want to run your fingers along them every time you pass by. With every step you take into this space, you'll feel an instant sense of calm and serenity, making it the perfect introduction to the rest of the home.

13. Open up Space with a Large MirrDeco

decorate entryway with a large mirror 

📸: Jaci Hodge

Jaci Hodge of @jaci.daily knows how to make an entryway shine! The star of the show is a stunning giant black-trim mirror that not only serves as a focal point but also opens up the entire area. Why do people use mirrors in an entryway, you ask? It's simple - mirrors reflect light and make a space feel bigger, brighter, and more welcoming. Plus, it provides the perfect opportunity to double-check your outfit before heading out or snap a picture with friends and family.

14. Country Cottage Style

cottage style entryway 

📸: @sweetcottagecharm

If you're a fan of country cottage style, you're going to love this charming entryway designed by Cindy of @sweetcottagecharm. With a focus on natural materials and white fabrics, this entryway exudes a sense of calm and tranquility. The use of flowers, including delicate white roses and a beautiful bouquet in a basket, bring a touch of romance to the space. And the cozy bench, complete with cushions underneath, provides the perfect spot to sit and slip off your shoes after a long day.

15. Antique and Green-Inspired

green entryway design 

📸: @1912_on_Wallace

Step into the enchanting world of @1912_on_Wallace’s stunning entryway design that will transport you back in time. With antique furniture and a vintage front door, this space is brimming with old-world charm. But what truly steals the show is the abundance of greenery that takes center stage. Lush plants in vibrant blue ceramic pots create a captivating focal point, infusing the entryway with a deep appreciation for nature. Complemented by carefully chosen rugs that harmonize with the greenery, this design captures the essence of nostalgia and natural beauty.

16. Create a Plant Table Centerpiece

Step into this entryway designed by Kelly Deck Design and you'll be immediately drawn to the stunning round table in the center, overflowing with an array of beautiful greenery and plants in baskets. This simple yet bold centerpiece provides a focal point that emphasizes the homeowner's love for nature and plants.

entryway centerpiece design 

📸: Kelly Deck Design 

And the fun doesn't stop there! The addition of tiny decorations like a miniature chair and elegant gold frames perfectly complements the overall design, adding a touch of whimsy to this botanical paradise.

17. Layer Artwork on the Console Table

Design your entryway using art 

📸:  The Vesna Design

Vesna Tanasic of The Vesna Design creates a bold and stylish design. The dark and striking console table takes center stage, exuding elegance and sophistication. But that's not all – on top of the table, a large artwork is cleverly layered, creating a visually stunning focal point. Who says you have to choose just one artwork? Get creative and mix and match to make a statement. The clean and simple color palette adds a touch of minimalism, and small decorative accents, such as a vase of vibrant plants and a sleek lamp, complete the picture.

18. Go Big and Bold with Prints

Prepare to be mesmerized by this entrance that seamlessly blends art, design, and a welcoming ambiance, crafted by Alder & Tweed Interior Design. As you step through the front door, your eyes are immediately drawn to the giant and bold photography print by David Yarrow. Serving as the main focal point, it sets the tone for the entire space.

Mirrored console table for your entry way design 

📸:  Alder & Tweed Interior Design

But that's not all—Alder & Tweed takes it up a notch with a unique mirrored console table that reflects and amplifies the surrounding beauty. A luxury patterned rug anchors the area, and the console table itself is adorned with simple yet stylish decorations like a carefully arranged stack of books, decorative bowls, a statement vase, and an elegant lamp. The large photo print acts as a conversation starter, ensuring that every guest is immediately drawn into the captivating narrative of the home.

19. Boho Woven Stair Covers

Boho entryway decor 

📸: @janki.home

Designer @janki.home has created an entryway that's both boho-chic and inviting. The woven stair covers and jute rug give the space a natural, laid-back vibe while the greenery stacked on the shelves brings life and energy to the area. The result is an entryway that makes you want to walk up those stairs and see what other surprises the home has in store. With its bright and welcoming atmosphere, it's hard not to feel at ease and relaxed in this space.

20. Cozy Seating in Black and White

Black and white themed entryway

📸: Elaine Citro

This black-and-white themed entryway, designed by Elaine Citro, proves that small spaces can make a big impact. The black chair is made inviting and cozy with the addition of throw pillows and a soft blanket, with florals adding a touch of freshness and life. Small black accents, such as the picture frames and painted staircase, tie the space together and create a cohesive design. This entryway may be compact, but it maximizes every inch, resulting in a stunning space that welcomes guests with style and flair. It's proof that you don't need a grand foyer to create an unforgettable first impression.

21. Incorporate a Luxury Ottoman

Luxury entryway decor 

📸: @keshia_j_home

With a plush tufted ottoman and velvet pillows, you'll feel like royalty as soon as you step inside this dazzling entryway created by Keshia J. Three glamorous mirrors hang on the wall, reflecting light and opening up the space to create a grand entrance. As you can see in the photo, this is the perfect spot to kick off your shoes and unwind. And let's not forget the gold accents, adding a touch of opulence and sophistication. This entryway is a true masterpiece that will make you feel like you've stepped into a high-end palace.

22. Create a Unique Gallery Wall

Gallery wall and tiles for entryway decor

📸: Sara Gilbane Interiors 

This space by Sara Gilbane Interiors tells a story from the moment you step through the door, thanks to the unique gallery wall adorning the walls. But that's not all – the checkered flooring adds a playful twist, while the soft mint green walls create a soothing ambiance. With vibrant splashes of color coming from the bouquet of flowers and a striking blue, hanging light fixture, this entryway is anything but ordinary. It's a space that exudes character and sets itself apart from the norm. There is power in a gallery wall, it not only adds personality but also serves as a conversation starter.

23. Impress with a Floral Arrangement

Modern entryway design 

📸: Amber Interiors

We are blown away by this stunning entryway design by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. The floral arrangement in this space is simply breathtaking, with colors and textures that create a dreamy, ethereal atmosphere. The soft and neutral design scheme perfectly complements the natural beauty of the flowers. And let's not forget about the arched entryway, which adds an elegant touch and ramps up the excitement as you step into the rest of the home. With just one floral arrangement, you can create the ultimate focal point that makes a bold statement.

24. Consider a Circular Brass Mirror

There's something about a circular brass mirror that just screams "chic". And when paired with striped wallpaper, organized baskets filled with magazines, a touch of greenery, and warm candles, you have an entryway that exudes effortless style.

Circular mirror for an entryway 

📸: Magical Manor

Amber & Nate of Magical Manor explains, “When designing a room I have a few rules that usually result in a cohesive layered look: A wood element, a natural texture (baskets), a splash of brass, black, and light and airy florals in a moody room. You also can’t go wrong using vintage books to create different heights for visual interest.”

25. Embrace Wooden Textures and Layering

Wooden textures for an entryway design 

📸:  West of Main Design

Rich wooden textures greet you as you step inside this entryway put together by West of Main Design and built by Art & Stone Homes. "On the floor we went with a brick-style tile installed in a herringbone pattern, creating a cobblestone courtyard-like feel. A reclaimed wood console with a slate top provides just the right amount of storage," says West of Main. "We styled it with a grand arched mirror to tie in with the architectural arches found throughout the home, as well as a deep green table lamp and decorative boxed storage for added detail. We designed a corner pedestal moment with handmade pottery to showcase freshly foraged stems and blooms each season and grounded the space with a soft vintage-inspired rug." The organization, timeless appeal, and natural elements make this entryway a true standout. 

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📸:  @karebear-designs

We hope that these 25 beautiful entryway decoration ideas have inspired you to create a unique space that leaves a lasting impression on your guests. If you're looking to enhance your design skills and have some fun, try the DecorMatters app. This free app allows you to visualize furniture and decor in your actual home, making it easy to design your dream entryway. Don't hold back, let your imagination take over and create an entryway that truly impresses!

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