The entryway is the first space your guests will see when entering your home. It sets the look and feel for your entire house, and we all know just how important first impressions are! So what kind of vibe do you want to create? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite entryway ideas so that you don’t have to start from scratch. Whether you’re looking for small space decorating ideas or want to wow your guests with a statement-worthy entrance, we’ve got you covered.
Entries can come in all shapes and sizes, and nobody understands that more than those of us who live in decades-old farmhouses. Is your entryway crowded with an in-your-face set of stairs? Check out some of these staircase ideas. Are you dealing with a giant empty wall that you can’t figure out how to fill? These creative ways to display American flags can probably help you out. Looking for clever solutions to update your entryway without having to oversee a full-scale renovation? These budget decorating will steer you in the right direction. If you’ve mastered all of the farmhouse style ideas you can find, remember that nothing creates a warmer welcome for house guests than an entryway that reflects who you and your family truly are.
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Homeowners updated this Milwaukee farmhouse by installing a new front door, laying porcelain brick tile flooring, adding a fresh coat of paint to the stair railing (Satin Black by Behr), and creating a gallery wall with oil paintings found at estate sales, thrift shops, and Goodwill.
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The entryway of this Colonial Williamsburg house stays true to its historic roots with red, white, and blue millwork, a vinyl floor cloth based on an antique painted floor design, and a pair of delft lamps.
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Lake House Living
A small space entryway can easily be transformed into a mini mudroom with a few wall hooks and a bench made from a pair of small sawhorses topped with a live-edge slab of walnut like in this New York lake house.
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A fresh coat of paint (Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore), assorted vintage maps and prints, and a faux-malachite-inlay dresser make the entryway of this renovated 1800s home in Summerville, SC, shine.
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Nubby textures, soft finishes, and warm wood walls sum up the entryway in this Wisconsin lakehouse that also features chinked walls, an old-fashioned binding technique traditionally used on log cabins.
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A vintage Rhode Island flag made from needlework welcomes guests into this Montauk cottage, along with seafarer oil portraits and a rustic hook for coats and hats.
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No space is wasted in this Michigan farmhouse where a vintage cabinet filled with books, blankets, and knick-knacks perfectly tucks away into the under-stairs space of the entryway.
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Use your entryway to show off some of your favorite antique finds, like the mid-century credenza, Louis Vuitton suitcase, and oil portraits.
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Small Space Cottage
This cozy cottage offers a warm welcome to house guests with a tufted built-in bench, a vintage dresser for dropping keys, and a gallery wall of woodland animals that leads to the rest of the house.
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Statement Wood Floor
Add some wow-factor to an otherwise understated entryway with statement-worthy hardwood floors like this charming space that boasts an inlay wood flooring pattern.
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Holly Williams adds to the charm of her 1800s Kentucky fixer-upper with blue-and-white floral wallpaper (Pedigree by Thibaut) and a “danger” sign found at a Tennessee antiques market that serves as a tongue-in-cheek warning to house guests.
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Nothing will get lost in this organized entryway thanks to a set of green vintage cubbies salvaged from an old general store that the homeowner found while at an antique show in Nashville.
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In this small Texas farmhouse, the entryway doubles as a mudroom with hooks for jackets and dog leashes, an enamel bucket for umbrellas, and a galvanized tray for muddy boots.
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The entryway of this all-American home in the Adirondacks strikes a balance between cozy and fresh with a pristine 1920s quilt hanging like a tapestry, a vintage bench upholstered with quilts that have seen better days, and floors painted with Oasis Blue by Benjamin Moore and topped with a custom embroidered rug.
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Cottage by the Sea
The entryway of this fishing shack on Martha’s Vineyard is an explosion of happy thanks to a cobalt blue door, a turquoise Gothic mirror found at a local antique store, and a ladder leading up to a loft that is original to the house.
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Seascape Gallery Wall
The entryway of this renovated Maine home features a gallery wall of an ever-evolving collection of sea-themed oil paintings that pay homage to the home’s previous life as an 1800s fisherman’s cottage.
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There’s no shortage of country charm in this Tennessee farmhouse where an entryway bench serves as a convenient spot to stash blankets and change shoes, and a vintage potato chip tin adds a touch of kitsch to an everyday planter.
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Countryside Dutch Door
A welcoming Dutch door and a grouping of straw hats set a breezy, laid-back tone in the entryway of this Connecticut country house that also features a creamy neutral wall covering (L’Oasis by Ralph Lauren).
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Bright & Airy
In the airy, light-drenched entryway of this Texas farmhouse, a Roman shade in a feathered print (Limosa by Harlequin) gives a nod to birds seen on the property, while a vintage cowhide reinforces the Lone Star location.
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Country meets city in this Manhattan townhouse where a fresh coat of paint (Cooking Apple Green by Farrow & Ball) on a built-in bench and Shaker-style peg rack offers a cheerful welcome.
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Part of the fun of renovating old houses is figuring out how to repurpose quirky spaces. In this Wisconsin farmhouse, homeowners turned a small nook off the entryway into a quiet, sun-filled office space.
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