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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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14 Entryway Design Tips to Help Your Home Make a Stylish First Impression

Entryways are the perfect place to establish welcoming vibes in your home. Whether it’s a big foyer or a barely-there space inside the front door, this area is the first room you see when you walk into the house. A good entryway design makes sure this room helps keep you organized on your way in and out and makes an excellent first impression on guests.

Setting up an entryway you love coming home to is a great thing to prioritize right now—even if you’re just leaving the house for groceries or to go on a walk! The great news is because these spaces are usually on the smaller side, entryway redesigns don’t require nearly as much work (or as big of a budget) as other rooms.

Keep reading for our stylists’ best entryway design tips to help your home make a stylish first impression. You’ll be ready to make the most of this space, whether it’s large or small, in no time!

entryway decor1. Pick a Color Palette

Not sure where to start with your entry decor? Pick a color scheme to unify the space! This can be established through your wall color—like in this blue entryway—or simply through decor. Once you land on a color palette, work in your hue of choice in a few shades in different pieces throughout the space—like through your choice of rug, baskets, art, lamps, and other decorative accents.

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entryway design2. Create a Functional Entryway Checkpoint

The entryway is the first place you set foot into when you come home and the last place you see when you leave. Adding a few thoughtful touches can have a big impact on your entire day. Additions like drawers for mail, a tray for essentials like your keys and wallet, and hooks to hang your bag or coat will help organize the space—and your life!

Think about the things you grab on your way out the door and create an entryway design that helps remind you to take them with you. This will help ensure you’ll always be prepared to face the day.

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entryway layout3. Consider Your Layout

The layout of your entryway is just as important as the contents! Make sure there’s a clear path to and from the door so you have ample space to walk through. No one wants to feel cramped the moment they walk through the door! When doing this, consider which way your door swings to open, and leave enough clearance around it. Then, work around other architectural elements, like windows, closets, and other hallways. With all that in mind, make sure the elements you end up including work with your lifestyle and are highly functional.

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entryway decor4. Stay Organized with Storage

Storage is the ultimate key to functional entryway design. Because entryways are usually the first and last room you pass through in your house, clutter has a way of piling up quickly. From kids’ school bags and toys to packages and purses, your entryway sees a lot of action. To keep clutter at bay, we say get organized with smart storage.

Our favorite entryway storage idea? Enclosed storage pieces, like this woven-front credenza. The drawers create an easy place to stash mail, gloves, keys, and more. It’s perfect for on-the-go lifestyles. And since the storage is enclosed, you can quickly tidy up and hide clutter without the need to constantly organize your entryway design.

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entryway design5. Add Personal Touches

After a long day, it is so nice to come home and be greeted by a space you love. Take a little extra care to curate decor and art in your entryway design so you are welcomed home by things you love from the moment you step through the door.

Consider adding in a few photos of your family, sculptures from a trip, or fun decor that showcases your personal style. A few of these personal touches in an entryway can instantly make your home feel like your perfect oasis.

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entryway design6. Keep Your Entryway Design Simple and Stylish

Sometimes the best entryway designs are the simplest ones. All you really need is a piece of art or a stylish mirror, a console or bench, and a few pops of decor.

We love a bench for an easy place to put on and take off shoes. And a mirror is key for last-minute outfit checks and can help make smaller entryway designs feel more spacious! Finally, some potted plants and decorative pillows pack a delightfully stylish punch in any entryway, making them our must-have pieces to complete this space.

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7. Make Space for a Mirror

Since your entryway is the last place you’ll be before you leave the house, we highly recommend making space for a mirror. No more scrambling for last-minute outfit or makeup checks! You can hang one over a console table or bench. Or, if you have the space, try a floor mirror so you can see yourself from head to toe. This is especially great if you don’t have room for a full-length mirror in your bedroom!

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entryway design ideas8. Use Baskets for Stashable Storage

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with or don’t want to invest in a heavy-duty (and more expensive) storage piece, baskets are the way to go. They’re functional, affordable, and stylish—a triple threat! And there are so many style directions you can go with baskets.

To go for this option, choose your preferred basket—or two or three—and simply tuck it under a console or bench. Or just line a few up along the wall! We love this option for households with kiddos, as baskets are an easy way to stash shoes, coats, and backpack. But regardless of if you have kids or not, baskets are just a great way to keep you organized. Use one for shoes, one for reusable grocery bags and purses, and one for outdoor equipment like frisbees and balls!

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small entryway9. Tuck In Seating

If you like to sit down to put on and remove your shoes as you come and go, make sure to build seating into your entryway. You could add a bench with a mirror or hooks above, opt for a chair or settee, or go for a pair of stylish stools that you can tuck under your console to save on floor space! This is a great option if you have a smaller entryway—or none at all! With the combination of a small console and stools, you can turn a hallway into an impromptu entryway. This way, you can just pull out the stools when you need them and tuck them away when you don’t. (You could also go with baskets instead of stools, or do one of each!)

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10. Create a Jaw-Dropping Focal Point

Entryways might be small, but they don’t have to be an afterthought. With the right interior design attention, your entryway can rival any other room in the house. And, considering this room gets so much traffic, it probably should. Need proof? This entryway design from our Modern Rustic lake house proves just how stylish these spaces can be!

It doesn’t take much to create a gorgeous look here either—pick a console table you love, hang a show-stopping work of art, and cover the floors with a gorgeous rug (just make sure it has a durable weave and can stand up to extra foot traffic). Bonus points if you have space for a statement chandelier! Then, tuck in a few baskets for a stylish pop of storage. These are especially great for kid-friendly entryways where all the clutter can be hard to contain.

11. Think Off the Walls

Your entryway furniture doesn’t always have to be pushed against the walls. If you have a larger entryway or open foyer, consider “floating” a round table in the middle of the space. A floating table is a great entryway design option if you have a lot of square footage by the door and aren’t quite sure what to do with it.

This not only opens up the functional possibilities for your entryway layout, but it also gives the area a slightly more formal vibe and polished look. With the extra wall space, you can add additional storage (think a credenza or bookcases) or prop a full-length mirror for easy last-minute outfit checks on your way out the door.

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minimal entryway decor12. Play With Negative Space

Don’t be shy about using your entryway as a place to display art and decorative objects. It’s the first part of your home that guests see, so it’s a perfect place to make an impression! (Peek a few of our other favorite entryway designs to make a stunning first impression in your home.)

Just don’t overload it with too many things. Play with negative space and just highlight the pieces you’re most proud of or excited about. This is also a great moment to rotate decor with the seasons or your mood—which keeps your home feeling fresh without having to buy new art and decor!

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entryway design13. Work With What You’ve Got

Don’t have a proper entryway? Or maybe your front door is in your living room? We say work with the space you have—and make use of some of our best small space hacks for entryways. If possible, simply carve out an entryway “zone” or corner. Then, include the essentials—like storage, seating, or even just a coat rack or a few hooks.

To determine your essentials, think about your morning routine and what your “get out the door” needs are. Do you need a place to always put your keys so you don’t misplace them? Baskets to organize the kids’ stuff? Hooks to hang your coat and bag? Whatever your essentials are, work them into your design. Here, we tucked in a petite credenza for a pop of storage and a place to set mail and keys on the way in and out of the door.

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14. Add Natural Texture

The secret ingredient that every polished space has? Texture. Up your entryway style with this easy addition. Think: weathered wood, chunky woven baskets, stone, and natural fiber rugs (which are great for high-traffic rooms like entryways). The coral statue, pictured above, is also a fun and unexpected way to add texture. We also love these knotted rope lamps with linen shades. Adding any or all of these natural pops of texture to your entryway will definitely spice up the design.

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