First impressions matter. A stylish entryway is the quickest way to show your guests (or the UPS person) that you’ve got great taste, convincing them that just beyond the threshold is your magazine-ready, perfectly styled pad—where there’s minimal clutter, carefully fluffed pillows, and great art. A well-organized entry might say “There is definitely not a load of laundry that’s been sitting in the dryer for three days.” Or another one, outfitted in a bold, tropical wallpaper, could say “Look at what a fun, adventurous person I am!”
Can we rethink that approach, though?
When I say “first impressions,” the only person your entryway should impress is you. This is the portal from the outside world to your personal sanctuary. An entry welcomes you back after a joyful dinner with friends, a painful trip to the dentist, or spring break at the beach with the entire family. It’s the spot your kids come tumbling into after school, and the place where you kick off your heels at the end of a big presentation. It needs to be functional and suit all the needs of your lifestyle, but more importantly, it needs to welcome you home.
Go down any Pinterest rabbit hole, and you’ll find hundreds of solutions to make an entryway organized: cubbies, hooks, and shoe racks galore! But for me, it’s all about style. When your eye lands on something beautiful, it can trigger a release of dopamine to the brain. Scientists usually point to this phenomenon to describe romantic attraction, but it works in your home too. Create a space that you find truly beautiful, and you’ll always feel joy when you walk in the front door. That really gives new meaning to “home is your happy place,” doesn’t it?
A handmade Croft House credenza adds a sophisticated statement to this entryway. Crafted of nearly a hundred individual oak strips and industrial steel casing, it’s truly a work of art. A mirror above reflects the shimmering accents of the wall art, bouncing light into the space.
The ombre wall treatment (hand painted by Bay Area artist Caroline Lizarraga) is calming, which is exactly what interior designer Kristen Peña had in mind. “We wanted the entry wall to almost feel as if you were at the shoreline,” she explains. I can’t think of anything else that would make me feel more relaxed!
When the front door opens right up to the living space, you may be inclined to leave the space bare. However, a few petite picks can help define the space and create a sense of flow from the exterior to the interior. A mirror will reflect light (and allow you to see if you’ve got lipstick on your teeth before running out the door), while the slim base of the table doesn’t take up too much visual real estate; the area still feels open and breezy.
Another angle of this entry by Toronto’s Two Fold Interiors reveals a tiled mudroom, complete with a cityscape wallpaper. The playful pattern lets you leave the chaos of the city behind for the comforts of home.
Natural wood adds warmth to this glossy, mid-century foyer, while bold pop art adds a dose of SoCal charm. (And if you’ve got an MTV Moon Person, definitely use it as a doorstop. Why not?)
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