Fronhaul:  Corridor & hallway by Baart Harries Newall

Entryway ideas to add extra oomph to a home

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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It's no secret that an entrance hallway is where a home's first impression is either made or broken, but so many people seem to undervalue entryway design. Throughout the UK, there's a plethora of foyers simply wallowing in unexciting finishes and boring colour schemes, but they shouldn't be, when entryway decor can be such a fun and evolving challenge. 

When it comes to the question of how to decorate an entryway, a few factors should be used as guiding principles, including:

- Creating the right ambience. A hallway should always be a welcoming and enjoyable space that envelops homeowners as soon as they step through the door after a long day at work, but likewise, it needs to entice guests to dive in a little further as well.

- Offering useful storage. From coats and shoes through to house keys and umbrellas, there are a great number of items that all need to be stored in or close to an entrance hall. It's important to account for these things, lest they turn into annoying clutter and mess.

- Demonstrating personal taste. Foyer decorating ideas don't need to go against the wider styling of a home. In fact, they should be a natural continuation with just enough details included to allude to what might lie within. From art to piquant wall colours, anything can go.

The following ideas are all fantastic for an entryway.

Flooring-focussed entryway ideas.

The Cooke's:  Corridor & hallway by Vogue Kitchens
Vogue Kitchens

The Cooke's

Vogue Kitchens

In terms of really eye-catching ideas for entryways, installing dramatic flooring is hard to beat. Thanks to the vast number of flooring styles available, no two hallway designs ever need be the same, but all can be staggeringly gorgeous. Particularly effective flooring solutions include:

- Tiles. Anything goes when it comes to tiles. Traditional checkerboard styling will always add sophisticated glamour, while rustic designs can contribute to a wonderfully warm finish, the benefits, however, always remain the same, such as ease of cleaning and hardiness.

- Carpet. Warm, soft and fantastically varied, carpet really creates the perfect ambience in a hallway.

- Linoleum.  The look of tiles but with the comfort of carpet, linoleum really is tough to beat.

- Antique rugs. Classic, elegant and wonderfully unique, antique rugs add definite and personal style to hallway floors.

Entryway ideas that showcase fabulous furniture.

Family Home in Winchester's Sleepers Hill:  Corridor & hallway by Martin Gardner Photography
Martin Gardner Photography

Family Home in Winchester's Sleepers Hill

Martin Gardner Photography

If flooring isn't considered to be very interesting, perhaps entryway furniture could become the focal point in a home instead? Depending on the shape and dimensions of a hallway, large, unusual and really interesting furniture pieces can be installed to offer practicality as well as interest.

Here, a huge and very luxurious pouffe has been installed and it really dominates the room. Offering a comfortable spot for sitting when shoes need to go on, the velvet upholstery perfectly matches the wall colour and creates a dreamily upmarket entrance that would make more than just a good first impression; it is intrinsically covetable too!

Small home entryway ideas.

Wharf Road, Islington:  Corridor & hallway by Patience Designs
Patience Designs

Wharf Road, Islington

Patience Designs

Small entryway ideas don't need to compromise on style to such a degree that they have to be boring, which is why we love this home entrance so much. Finished in a classic and elegant monochrome colour scheme, there is a terrifically stoic ambience in place already, but add in some handy, not to mention funky, coat hooks and it becomes wonderfully functional as well.

Sporadic in their placement, the hooks here create something of an art installation and help to maintain a clutter-free hallway, which is critical when the proportions are modest. Colour and storage really are key to making a small entryway more dynamic.

Artistic entryway ideas

Boring foyer decor certainly isn't for everyone and having seen this amazing project, it's most certainly not for us! The choice of a bright jewel tone on the walls was nothing short of bold, but when coupled with lots of framed art, stained glass windows, dazzling white woodwork and glossy wood flooring, the courageous move really pays off!

Using a hallway to display art collections, trinkets and personal memorabilia is inspired and makes sure that a home really represents the people that own it from the first step into the hallway, all the way through to the back garden. This emerald green hue really is tempting us…

Minimalist entryway ideas

Understated foyer ideas can be just as wonderful as those that seek to showcase more vivid motifs, because sometimes, it's not what one includes but what one leaves out that really matters. In contemporary homes that seek to make the most of open space, natural light and airiness, an unfussy hallway would absolutely be the right choice and would provide a super opportunity for making a necessary feature that bit more special; the front door.

If no furniture, understated flooring and plain walls are going to make up the majority of an entrance, a really incredible front door could absolutely be installed, to make a statement. 

Dual-function entryway ideas

Hallways can be so much more than mere entrances to houses, if simple entryway tables are added in. With a couple of chairs as well, suddenly, what is traditionally just a transitional area is transformed into an extra seating space that can be used for a myriad of extra functions.

We rather like this entryway, which seems to double up as a terrific reading spot as well. A lamp and some stylish furniture has made great use of an otherwise boring wall niche and with exposed bricks and a large piece of art on show as well, the extra practicality is beautifully highlighted.

Display-happy entryway ideas

Finally, entryways can be wonderful storage spaces, especially for people who consider themselves to be bookworms. Any household that has a huge collection of tomes to store will struggle to find enough space, but with some custom carpentry, any entrance can be turned into a fabulous home library. Few things make such a striking and impressive impression as a vast collection of books, organised in beautiful wooden shelving systems.

There really are so many things to be done with home entryways and hopefully, this guide has highlighted some of the most innovative ideas.

Did you spy a beautiful idea here that would make your hallway really special?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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