Create the ultimate first impression: Livable luxury in the entryway

Focusing on the design of your foyer can be hugely rewarding. It’s not a large space, so it will take just a bit of time and a relatively small budget for you to make a big impact in this small space! Your entryway is the perfect place to welcome friends and family into your home in style. After all, it is the first thing guests see when walking into your home. First impressions and all that…

From top to bottom (and by this, I mean from the floor to the ceiling), the entryway should set the tone for the rest of your home. If your home is anything like mine – kids often running wild – incorporating handsome storage is a must for hiding shoes, backpacks, and sports gear.

Read on to see just a few things to consider when designing your entryway.

entryway accent designs

Mirror, Mirror

A well-placed mirror instantly brightens a small space. Pairing this stunning gold mirror with a bright blue apothecary table, gold lamp, gold and green accents, gives the mirror more room to shine. Plus, you can check yourself out as you head out the door!

Add a fun rug and some layered lighting (overhead fixture and table lamp) to soften the space.

gold entryway mirros

Artful Expression

Highlight your treasured art in your foyer. By introducing your color palette here, as well as your style (contemporary, traditional) you create consistency throughout your home.

I love the art piece below with all its vibrant hues! While there are plenty of colors to choose to accent, we pulled the deep emerald green onto the custom bench and used the florals to pop a nice soft pink into the space.

entryway art ideas

Mix it up: Colors and Patterns

Entryways are often relatively small spaces, which means you have lots of opportunities to creatively inject your personality – see for yourself in the client install we did below! A colossal mirror by Horchow is an elegant backdrop to the black & white patterned bench.

I love softening the look of dark colors with mixed metals and soft washes of color. The mix of bright & soft pink blooms in a clear glass vase references the pastel pink cushions on the gold accent chairs. Add your own personal touches like a candle in your signature scent (my favorite, at the moment, is Crisp Champagne by Voluspa), a small family photo or favorite tray to finalize the look.

entryway accent designs

Pro-tip: if you don’t see the need for a cushioned bench and would prefer to add storage, an antique chest of drawers looks so chic when layered beneath a more polished piece. A collection of tailored baskets is also a favorite of mine. For more ideas on how to reduce clutter check out one of my more recent blog posts here.

Lighting

Add drama to the entryway by including a show-stopping chandelier or incorporating several brilliant fixtures in a tidy row. In the photo below (from the same entryway pictured above), the stunning gold lanterns add a stately geometric element to the space! Not to mention providing a lovely warm glow.

entryway lighting

Whether it’s a patterned bench, bold furniture, colorful art, an over-sized mirror or dramatic lighting, your entryway can set the tone for the rest of your home. My entryway is painted entirely in clay pink and I display my antique prints of 12 glorious marsupials. What does that say about my home!? Play around with patterns and colors, add your own personal details into the mix and I would love to see what you come up with! For more interior inspiration make sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

– XO, LU

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  1. Loved this article ( blog ) …totally makes sense.

    Posted on February 5, 2017 by Martha kean