Ask any designer, and they'll tell you the same thing: Stepping into your home should be an experience. If you're not excited or inspired when you walk through the door, then it's time to shake things up a little. Without question, the pros know how to make astylish entrance.
If your foyer is looking a little lackluster, trade traditional hardwood floors for an unexpected pattern. Because they're still made of wood, these chic chevron bands by Lori Paranjape add subtle interest to the space without being too distracting. Bonus: The design also encourages flow, directing guests into the heart of the home.
Area rugs are great for creating a warm welcome, but designer Amy Lutz knows that nothing draws people in quite like a runner. With this ruby-red beauty stretched across your space, you'll visually lengthen the walls and make your entryway seem larger.
Though portraits, prints and landscapes all add interest to the walls, abstract art gives you the freedom to play with your foyer's shapes and colors. You can echo the blues of a canvas in other accents, or you can complement the painting's bold brushstrokes with square furniture, like designer Claire Paquin did here.
Hang Round Mirrors
Mirrors work just as well because they tend to make narrow spaces seem larger and brighter. For a fresh edge, take cues from designer Allison Lindand choose a round hanging mirror that will add height to the room.
Or Go for Squares
For a different take on how mirrors can make a space seem larger, take a look at how design firm 2id Interiorsuse a set of squares to elongate the space.
If you prefer that circular style, you're in luck; these pieces also carry a touch of symbolism. In this soothing blue foyer from Barbara Vail, the designer hung a full moon-style mirror by the door to evoke the calm of nature. When paired with a flat wooden bench, the vignette feels keenly earthy and inspires creativity.
To make the most of a small or awkward space, look to multipurpose accents. A console table like this piece from designer Brian Watford can double as a display for your favorite prints and books, as well as provide storage for your keys and mail.
An upholstered bench is featured in this foyer with hardwood flooring and a unique chandelier. Lighting is everything, so if you're really going to make a grand entrance, we say go all out. In this crisp, white foyer from Archetype Design Studio, the chandelier shines like a silver sparkler.
Durable Design Is Key
This entryway designed by Christine Kohut uses a runner in a whimsical, unique way: as an extra long and colorful doormat of sorts. All the rugs in the room are durable to stand up to pets and kid traffic. And their colors and patterns bring in plenty of personality.
Less Can Be More
How can it be that just a few items create such a sense of peace and grace? This entryway from interior designer Lauren Nelson is a shining example that less certainly can be more.
Shape It Up
This foyer by designer Breeze Giannasio delivers a stylish lesson on adding visual interest to a neutral space. So many intriguing shapes fill the room with movement, starting with the geometric pendant light all the way down to the animal skin rug.
Paint to Last
To make the pattern last in this high-traffic zone, the designers at M. Barnes & Co used high-gloss airport runway paint. The contrast of the dark purple against the white background turns a simple pattern into a dramatic style statement.
Light Is a Natural
The paned glass front door pours natural light into this inviting entryway. Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design paired beadboard with grasscloth for the walls, bringing texture to the room, while a patterned bench and striped rug adds color.
Wake Up The Walls
A simple thing like wallpaper can have an amazing effect. In this foyer by Claire Paquin, the wallpaper gives the impression of magical vines surrounding the room. The mood is enhanced by the pendant light with a pattern that echoes the wall print.
Form and Function
You'll find both form and function in this bright foyer by Noz Nozawa. The yellow welcomes guests while a handy rack also accommodates necessities such as bike helmets.
Greeted By a Gallery Wall
A gallery wall adds distinctive style to this modern, white foyer by Lauren Nelson. The custom black, wooden front door pairs with the dark wood stairs and cool marble flooring.
Another Bold Gallery Wall
Jenn Feldman Designscreated a bold accent wall using textured wood paper, and then added layers on top of it. Designers brought in a console table and black leather stools for charm and a gallery wall of geometric prints adds a touch of whimsy to the space.
The base of the stairway was painted white, which helps it fade into the background and visually lighten up this entryway by Braun + Adams. Thin metal railings add to the airy, delicate feel.
Opt for Asymmetry
This entryway by Grace Blu Interior Design makes a magical first impression with a hand-drawn asymmetrical pattern decorating the wall and flooring.
Use Bold Color
In this entryway, Amy Kartheiser mixed a neutral, floral pattern with a bold, navy mirror and bold details to make the space really pop.