Designer Favs: Entryway Ideas & Tips

Overused, but oh so true, the adage; ‘you never get a second chance to make a great first impression’ couldn’t be more appropriate than when discussing your home’s entryway. From the appearance of your entryway surroundings to the actual functionality of the area, intentional space and design planning go a long way toward making your guests feel welcome when they cross the threshold of your home. Keep reading as Twin Cities Interior Designer Haley Leadstrom with the Che Bella Interiors design and remodeling team shares her ideas on how to make your entryway more inviting. Spoiler alert, these tips will also add additional comfort and style to your everyday living!

Set the Tone with Artwork

Consider adding a piece of artwork, a mirror, or gallery wall frames to your entryway. Set the tone with items that ring true to you and tell your story. The beauty of working within an entryway is that it is typically smaller in scale than other rooms in your home. A single signature piece or small collection may be all you need to make an impact. Play with the elements that you want to highlight and build the remaining design pieces around those. Incorporate pieces with complementary and contrasting color, texture, and size.

Entryway artwork

Light Up Your Style

The lighting in your entryway or foyer can pull double duty, literally and figuratively lighting up the square footage. Think statement piece when you’re choosing a light fixture – bold and bright. Shape, scale and style are all on the table. Gone are the days when you have to play it safe where lighting is concerned, especially in the entryway. Regardless of the style you choose, be sure that the fixture gives off enough light.

If you’re blessed with high ceilings in your entryway, note that the space can carry a larger-scale fixture.  A dramatic chandelier will stand out. For spaces with lower ceilings, consider adding sconces on the walls that lead into your home.   

Entryway Lighting

Wainscotting Anyone?

Another way to elevate your entryway space is to incorporate wainscotting on the walls.  Wainscotting’s decorative molding alone will make a statement, adding a notch of sophistication to the space. Consider taking it up yet another level by adding a contrasting paint color to the top of the wall. This design strategy builds interest and adds dimension to the space.  

Wainscotting in Entryway Interior Designer Advice Minneapolis MN

Built-Ins with Storage

Maximize every square inch of your entryway by incorporating a built-in into your space. Have fun and build out unique storage units that house shoes and grab-and-go items like bags and umbrellas. A slab top on a low-flung piece allows it to play two roles, acting as a bench as well as a storage unit. Depending on the piece’s design and dimensions, use a built-in to display decorative pieces, layering in warmth and personality in your entryway. The options are limitless where built-ins are concerned, let your imagination run wild!

Entryway built-ins and stroage ideas by Minnesota remodeler, Ch Bella Interiors

First Impressions Start Here – Twin Cities Interior Designer & Remodeler

Here’s to making the first impression of your home a beautiful one! Our Twin Cities interior design + remodeling team is available for inspiration and consultation on full-scale home design and remodeling projects. We offer interior design services, including design and space planning, and materials selection.  For smaller-scale design projects, we offer virtual interior design services to help bring a vision to life.

With award-winning home remodeling projects, our services extend to bathrooms, kitchens, home offices,  lower-level remodels, and more. We treat our clients the way we want to be treated, leading you through the process from start to finish, acting with the utmost integrity and delivering the highest level of personalized service.  Let’s make your home beautifully yours together!

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