5 Modern Entryway Ideas That Make a Stunning First-impression

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Your entryway is the first thing someone sees when they walk into your home and helps set the tone for the rest of your house. And not only does it create the first impression for guests but it’s also the first place you see when you walk through the door and the last thing you see when you leave the house. All that to say your entryway should be a welcoming sight at the end of a long day! But it should also be functional. There’s no use in a beautiful modern entryway design if it doesn’t actually serve your needs!

What furniture do I need in an entryway?

So, what are the key ingredients of any successful entryway? From our perspective, it’s storage, seating, and style.

Depending on your needs, entryway storage could include a range of things—from coat hooks and baskets for easily stashing accessories, to a credenza with closed doors, or a storage bench to hide clutter. Or it could even be a simple console table where you can stash mail, takeout menus, and your keys. The storage items you choose depend on who lives in your home, what your getting-out-the-door routine looks like, and even what time of year it is. (Winter boots and coats take up more space than sandals, so you might need to slightly adjust your entryway season-to-season!)

Speaking of shoes—for most people, an entryway is a place you put on or take off shoes on your way in and out of the house. Having a place to sit can be super helpful—especially if you have young kids and are still helping them tie their shoes! Some seating options we love in entryways include benches, a stool or two, a dining chair, or even an armchair if you have a larger foyer-type entry to fill.

How do I personalize my entryway design?

Finally, style is an absolutely necessary ingredient in an entryway! This is a space that’s easily neglected when it comes to decorating, but as the first thing both you and guests see when entering your home, it should reflect your style and complement the rest of your space! This could mean adding art you love, decorative touches that feel personal, a stylish rug, or even a gorgeous mirror. (Because a last-minute outfit checks/makeup touch-ups area is a must!)

How to Design a Modern Entryway

If you’re looking for some tips on how to bring a modern touch to your entryway, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for five designer-approved modern entryway designs that are ready for spring and will make an amazing first impression!

The Look: Minimal Modern Entryway

Sleek forms meet simple styling in this minimal modern entryway. This entryway design has all the essentials of a good entryway, along with clean lines and minimal decor.

The Key Ingredients

The streamlined console has minimal form with interesting geometric details. And we love the wood and marble combo! This is a great piece if your style leans more minimal, because it adds decoration through materials and shape rather than through more stuff.

Next are a couple of practical touches. The leather stool is the perfect place to sit and take your shoes on and off and the natural fiber rug adds texture and is great for high-traffic areas like this. The baskets on the console shelf create some stashable storage—perfect for spring and warmer weather when you have less bulky clothing and shoes! And if you need even more storage, you could add another row of baskets on the floor below the console.

You can top off this minimal entryway with some cheery art and decor! We love the fresh palette of crisp whites punctuated by the pops of bright color in the artwork. Pro tip: it’s totally ok to mix up your art between seasons! So, if you love this painting in the entryway for spring and summer, but it doesn’t feel right for the fall and winter, simply switch it out for the colder weather and bring it back when it warms up! (Moving pieces from room to room throughout the year is also a fun way to mix things up without always having to buy new stuff!) Fun artwork like this—along with some fresh greenery—is our favorite way to welcome guests with the reminder that warm weather is on its way!

This is a perfect entryway if…

You prefer a minimal aesthetic but still want some cheery pops of personality

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The Look: Moody and Modern Entryway

Modern doesn’t always mean light and bright or clean and cool—and this moody entryway is proof of that! This is a slightly more eclectic take on modern, but the clean lines keep it grounded in a modern look!

The Key Ingredients

Overall, this space is all about the play of geometry—from the patterns and textures to the contrasting colors and even the shape of the console. This structured wood console is, in fact, the foundation of the space. We love the beveled edges which gives some subtle visual intrigue. And the multi-tier shelves and cubbies give you ample storage options for both horizontal and vertical items! (We opted for a tall basket on the left—perfect for stashing umbrellas for those spring showers—and additional baskets that can work as catchalls on the second shelf.)

Contrast is also key for this look. The wall color definitely sets the moody tone for this space, but the play of lights with the darker tones adds energy to the look. Adding some contrast through lighter pieces is specifically great for spring, especially if bright colors aren’t your vibe. It invigorates an interior in the same way bright colors would, but it keeps the look more edgy.

Subtle styling adds personality without going overboard—an essential in modern designs. The black and white landscape photo adds modern contrast against the geometric-patterned decor. You’ll notice we skipped the seating here, for simplicity’s sake—but you could easily add a stool or bench if needed! And a pop of greenery in a bright white vase is just what this set-up needs to welcome spring!

This is a perfect entryway if…

You have a modern aesthetic but gravitate toward a moodier color palette.

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The Look: Modern Rustic Entryway

If you love modern designs but want something a little more approachable (that’s still on-trend), then you might want to give modern rustic design a try! This is a look that plays with modern forms and ideas but mixes in rustic materials for a trendy but cozy aesthetic.

The Key Ingredients

In this space, you’ll see plenty of modern forms: the credenza, the pair of stools, and the sleek lines of the lamp and mirror. But they’re all rendered in natural materials, like wood, seagrass, and rattan, giving them a more rustic vibe. The combination of modern lines and rustic texture is what really brings this look to life.

This credenza is a great storage option if you need more room to stash away clutter. Having the option to close the door on miscellaneous, sundry items in your entryway keeps this look low-maintenance! (Unlike open shelving, which needs more attention to look its best—and regular dusting!) And the top can be used for decor, along with trays or bowls for your keys and wallet. The pair of stools—with their black wood bases and woven seats—adds a lovely pop of texture and contrast. We placed them across the room from each other for a more casual vibe, but you could also move them next to each other for a more formal, symmetrical look! The vintage-style design of this rug brings more rustic into the mix and lends an almost antique vibe—along with a delicious pop of color and warmth.

This is a perfect entryway if…

You want a look that’s functional year-round and can easily transition from cold to warm weather with only a few small decor tweaks!

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 modern entrywayThe Look: Modern Farmhouse Entryway

Speaking of trendy styles —modern farmhouse is taking the design world by storm and is a look we’re majorly crushing on for spring and beyond! It’s a combo of mid-century modern design elements and cozy farmhouse touches—creating a look that is on-trend but rooted in vintage elements with charming, countryside undertones.

The Key Ingredients

Modern shapes—with a strong emphasis on geometry—lay the foundation of this look. These geometric and modern shapes are found in the simple and sleek console table, the arched mirror (a super trendy shape), the sleek carved bowl on the tabletop and the modern shape of the lamp.

But then some organic shapes come into play with the materials—like the rustic woods of the table and bowl, the chunky woven basket, and the feathery pampas grass.

To finish off the look, we opted for a trendy take on a traditional spindle chair—a farmhouse favorite filtered through a modern design aesthetic. And the traditional patterned rug with subtle rusts and blues grounds the space with a sense of rustic coziness.

This is a perfect entryway if…

You want something modern and on-trend but also love a homey touch.

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The Look: Modern Boho Entryway

This final look is another take on a trendy, modern entryway. It also features mid-century modern design elements, but it combines them with a bohemian aesthetic. The casual vibe of this space emphasizes easy living.

The Key Ingredients

Core to this look is an eclectic approach to mixing different styles, materials, patterns and colors. But we used a simple but visually interesting bench as the foundation and main element of this space, which provides a generous seating option. The combination of the live-edge wood top with a galvanized steel base is a fun juxtaposition of materials.

A basket tucked underneath the bench (or to the side, if you prefer) is a simple storage solution. And you could even do a trio of bakets if you need a little extra storage! The pillows add some comfort to this set-up, and, along with the art and rug, they bring some color and organic patterns into the space. We chose pops of blue for all of these pieces to tie together the eclectic mix of patterns. And you can’t forget the plant—a hallmark of bohemian style and an essential decor touch for spring!

This is a perfect entryway if…

You have a laid back, eclectic style. It’s also a great design if you don’t have a proper entryway and need to designate part of your living room as an entryway space!

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