Home decor: room by room–entryway

It doesn’t matter if you call it the entryway, foyer or front hall, it just might be one of the most important rooms in your home.  After all, it is the first spot guests see when they arrive and it is the room that greets you and your family when you return home.

And it does not matter if you have a small space behind the front door, a medium sized hallway or a large and formal foyer–it should be decorated in a pleasing and functional manner that welcomes all who enter and provides a hint at what to expect from the rest of the home.

While this small space lacks storage, a place for keys and a mirror, it does offer a glimpse into the personality of the homeowner and/or the style of the home.  A collection of anything (like these turquoise ceramic pieces) is always a good way to introduce yourself to your guests and the local area map is a unique touch.

photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Go bold in a small entryway like this one by designer Jonathan Berger.  The colorful mix of hot pink paint and a needlepoint chair is still functional with a mirror for quick “checks” and a console for keys and mail.

photo by Francesco Lagnese for House Beautiful


This entry could be from any home in suburban America.  It offers seating, storage and an interesting mix of personal accessories.  And don’t you just love that bright green fabric covering those stools?

photo courtesy of Decor pad

This expansive entry, while large, is made welcoming through the use of a rug to warm up the floors, a comfortable bench to place a coat or sit and tie your shoes and the collection of books says “come in and stay a while”.

courtesy of inspire and charm