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Publication Date: 2016-09-01


11 Different Entryway Looks to Inspire Your Design

We went to our archives and pulled a selection of standout entryways from some of our favorite house tours. From a crisp and colorful Cape Cod vacation home to a sophisticated and fashionable Manhattan apartment, here are 11 entryways that will have you brimming with design ideas.


1. Rustic Chic. For the entryway of this Laguna Beach, California, home, interior designer Wendi Young kept the reclaimed ceiling beams, iron railing and antique door, which are original, and added a vintage Chinese bench to anchor the space and bring a sense of understated simplicity. See more of the home here >

2. Traditional Elegance. In this Virginia estate, which features interiors by Lucas/Eilers Design Associates and architecture by Harrison Design Associates, the foyer is elegant and inviting with a Fortuny-inspired design stenciled on the walls and a console table fashioned from antique marble columns. See more of the home here >

3. Cape Cod Preppy. The generous double height foyer of this Osterville, Massachusetts, home was the perfect spot for designer Liz Caan to repurpose the client’s antique pine dining table. Benches from Dunes & Duchess provide extra seating for large dinners and a carefully curated arrangement of decorative items adds personality atop the table. See more of the home here >

4. French Formality. Architecture firm Gibbons, Fortman & Associates created a strong statement with an octagonal entry hall in this French-inspired Chicago apartment. The exquisite architectural detail, neutral coloring and minimal decoration of the foyer make the perfect transition between the outside world and the lavishness of the living salon and adjacent rooms. See more of the home here >

5. Classical Grandeur. Designed by interiors firm Cullman & Kravis and architect John B. Murray, this New York apartment is pure classical elegance. In the foyer, a patterned marble floor with brass inlay is paired with a decorative fluted ornamental plaster design on the ceiling. At one end, two paneled openings allow direct views to Central Park. See more of the home here >

6. Southern Charm. In this Georgia island home designed by architecture firm Historical Concepts, the entry hall hints at its gracious design with traditional architectural detailing, raised paneled walls and soft elliptical archway. Warm, wide plank black walnut floors complement the painted woodwork of the space. See more of the home here >

7. Coastal Tranquility. Interior designer Ginger Barber created a serene look in this Texas vacation home on Galveston Bay with neutral furnishings, whitewashed walls and a subtle hint of pale blue that echoes the waterfront location. A soft striped rug and antique chair provide a sophisticated touch and set the tone for the elegant yet relaxed space. See more of the home here >

8. Manhattan Glamour. No detail was left undone in this fashionable Manhattan apartment designed by Amanda Nisbet. The foyer features a rich mix of textures and finishes with a high gloss ceiling and a sapphire-colored bark paper on the walls. Nisbet's Sherwill fixture, designed for The Urban Electric Co., completes the stylish look. See more of the home here >

9. California Casual. A rift sawn oak Dutch door creates a classic welcome to this home in Newport Beach, California, designed by Brooke Wagner. The warm tones of the reclaimed barn wood floor, which is from Vintage Hardwood, creates a pleasing contrast with the door and crsip white paint on the walls. See more of the home here >

10. Suburban Edge. A custom tufted bench stretches the length of the foyer in this Illinois home designed by PROjECT. Graphic art by Meredith Sands creates a strong juxtaposition to the white walls while a black hide rug and custom pillows in Mokum and Elitis textiles add a hint of glamour. A vintage hall tree is updated with a coat of black paint. See more of the home here >

11. Dramatic Accents. The foyer in this Ontario home designed by Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design Inc is warm and luxurious with custom rift-cut oak panelling. A vingnette featuring an eye-catching Laura Kirar mirror, a mohair sofa and glass-and-brass wall sconces makes a strong statement when placed against the contrasting dark wool wall covering. See more of the home here >


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