9 Entryway Designs That Make a Great First Impression

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First impressions are made by your entryway. When a guest enters your home, your entryway will be the first taste they get of who you are and what makes you tick. Big or small (or nonexistent!), an entryway can be infused with personality, color and warmth. To build one that will perfectly embody you, choose a theme or idea and design your entryway around it.

For inspiration, see what entryway ideas some other creative minds have come up with. And make sure to check out our DIY home decor ideas for more awesome home-related first impression projects!
1. Country style
Create a cute cottage atmosphere by whitewashing and distressing outdoor furniture, and bringing it into your entryway. Make sure to bring in plenty of colorful bunches of flowers from your garden.
2. Family-focused

Your entryway isn't just an introduction to your home, it's an introduction to the people who live there. Let guests get to know your family right away by bringing cleanly framed photos of vacations, special moments, and important experiences into your design. Because this only takes a wall, this is a great idea for creating an entryway where one doesn't exist.
3. Sophisticated
Photo via Dixie Somers
A great way to give your entryway a larger, more impressive air is to add a mirror. Especially if you have a smaller area, a mirror will create the illusion of space. Also, try painting picture frames with gold or silver to add elegance and class.
4. Modern
Update your entryway and make it feel more contemporary with interesting details, like this funky fresh light fixture. It gives the entry modern brilliance and lights up the corners, making it feel more spacious.
5. Inviting
Photo via Bright Nest
Wouldn't it be great if your guests felt immediately at home in your house? To make guests feel instantly comfortable and welcome, make your entryway more inviting, using these tips, like displaying household treasures and infusing your room with outdoor aromas.
6. Striking
If you want to make an impression, here's a bold way to do it! Use bright details and vivid wall colors to catch the eye. You only get one chance for a first impression, so make sure it counts!
7. Bright
Photo via No. 29 Design
Because an entryway can be a very small space, keep it bright and airy by painting the walls a light color and using delicate window treatments to soften sunlight. To keep walls from looking too bland, try this Hometalker's idea, and add a neutral colored stencil to get some variety and depth.
8. Practical
Your entryway isn't just for your guests -- it gets a great deal of use from your beloved family as well. To keep coats, hats and bags off the floor, add some storage to your entryway by putting in affordable batten walls with practical hooks. This way, you can keep your belongings displayed neatly on the wall, and your entryway clear and accessible.
9. One piece
Photo via Shanty2Chic
Sometimes, all it takes to make a dramatic change is one piece of furniture. There's no need to repaint or fix your flooring. Instead, find that one substantial piece, and center your design around it, enhancing it with details in the same style. For example, this perfectly rustic bench is all the entryway this home needs.
Whether you have an entryway or not, you don't have to skimp on that first impression or the joy of walking into your lovely home.

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  • Betty Shue
    Betty Shue
    on Mar 2, 2019

    Where did the large hall bench come from and measurements

    thanks betty.shue@me.com

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