32 Enchanting Entryways and Flawless Foyers

Opulent and elegant or eclectic and relaxed, the entryway is a place to welcome guests and set the tone for the design of the rest of the home. From San Francisco to New York to London, these beautifully appointed spaces will inspire you to create your ideal foyer.
Malibu entryway by Kerry Joyce

In this Malibu home, Kerry Joyce designed the interior architecture to look like it was from a 1930s California beach house. The surfboard hanging from the ceiling is from the collection of the homeowner, a Hollywood actress. The stairs are painted in Farrow and Ball’s Arsenic #214, and the chair and lampshade are vintage.

Photo by Dominique Vorillon

Kiawah entryway by Angie Hranowsky

The entryway of this Kiawah Island, South Carolina, home by Angie Hranowsky features Osborne & Little wallpaper and an Oly Studio coffee table. A Jack Youngerman lithograph hangs above the mantel in the room beyond.

Photo by Julia Lynn

The foyer of Kelly Hoppen’s London home features a lacquer-topped table designed by Hoppen and made by Matt Stanwix, above which hang three bespoke pendant lights by Hervé Langlais for Galerie Negroponte. A black and white marble floor and portrait of Marilyn Monroe complete the space.

Photo by Mel Yates

“For this foyer in Newport, Rhode Island, I embraced nature-inspired fantasy,” Fawn Galli says. “I love to design stylish foyers because it creates a transformative experience upon entering the home. The Osborne & Little Tara wallpaper is meant to set the tone of a wild, inspired and fun interior.” Galli added to the playful vibe with a pair of Regency chairs and dog statues.

Photo by Costas Picadas

“The black and cream, checkered marble floor was original to this 1920s Spanish Revival home in Beverly Hills,” says Thomas Callaway. Here, the stained-glass windows and the gilded ceiling were also original, but the ceiling was suffering from a bit of water damage. “Esther Carpenter, a decorative painter from Natchez, Mississippi, repaired this ceiling, and at my request, painted the existing plaster walls to appear as blocks of limestone,” Callway adds. The remainder of the rooms in this residence did not disappoint after the first dramatic impact of its entry foyer.”

Photo by Lisa Romerein

For the Maison de Luxe showhouse at a historic mansion in Beverly Hills, Timothy Corrigan chose red wallpaper for the entryway to make the space feel warm and inviting, and because it works well with the dark wood paneling.

Photo by Lee Manning

This Dallas home, which was an architectural restoration project by Emily Summers Studio and Chad Dorsey of More Design Build, the spare entryway has rift-cut white oak floors and a glass, metal and wood staircase. Summers highlighted the homeowner’s art collection in the space, including collection including La Grande Roué, Paris No. 2 by Mark Mackinnon and Conversation Peace, a sculpture by Kevin Box.

Photo by Charles Davis Smith

For the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York, Powell & Bonnell designed the grand entryway, creating a moody, intimate feel. The sitting area at the base of the stairs features the firm’s Kudu chairs, Narcissus table and Sentinel floor lamp, as well as a Thrush Holmes painting in a neon frame.

Photo by Marco Rica

This 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival house in Los Angeles, updated by Brown Design Group, includes features like its original ironwork. The designers highlighted the clients’s art collection, along with antiques and vintage pieces from Blackman Cruz, Lucca and Lawson-Fenning.

Photo by Matt Wier


The owners of this London townhouse requested that Carden Cunietti stick to a neutral palette to highlight the architectural beauty of the residence.

Photo by Alexander James

“Foyers are a wonderful opportunity to invite and welcome us and guests into our homes. They set the tone of our space and hint at the style and mood within,” according to Brown Davis Interiors, who designed this home in Annaoplis, Maryland. They added a barrel ceiling to the foyer, plus an elaborate stone parquet floor and French doors at the far end of the space to bring in light and frame the home’s river views. “The main focus of the space is a 19th-century Russian center table, with marble top and griffin embellished legs, which we secured through 1stdibs.”

Photo by Gordon Beall

Madeline Stuart designed this Spanish Revival home in Santa Monica, California, which includes an intricate marble floor devised by Stuart, which consists of three different colors of honed marble: Inca Gold, Imperial Danby, Rose Verona and Petite Granite. The space also includes pieces like an 18th-century Italian chest and Landscape No. 556, 1998, by John Virtue.

Photo by Janice Barta

The marble floor in this Los Angeles home by Hancock Design was reclaimed from a chateau in France. The Jacques Adnet center table is from Galerie Half, and the tufted leather stool on the stairway is by Blackman Cruz.

Photo by Douglas Friedman

When Fox-Nahem Associates renovated a 1980s shingle-style house in Southampton, New York, they introduced a soothing, textured palette throughout the home. They started with a painterly silk and wool rug by Kyle and Kath and added a French mid-19th-century center table from Balsamo and a 1960’s Italian modernist pendant from Kerson Gallery.

Photo by Peter Murdock

The foyer of this Nashville home by Brockschmidt & Coleman features wallpaper by Adelphi Paper Hangings and a pendant light by Urban Electric Co. The home includes a mix of French, English and American antiques, including this circa-1820 settee.

Photo by William Waldron for Elle Decor

Shawn Henderson added a vibrant punch of color to this Greenwich Village townhouse by hanging Inside Out IV, 1966, by Paul Reed in the narrow foyer.

Photo by Steven Freihon

For the foyer of a townhouse in Toulouse, France, Suduca & Mérillou chose a black and white palette with a flash of red in the form of a Maison Jansen chair. The space also includes a 1960s brass chandelier and a glass table lamp by Madeleine Castaing.

Photo by Manolo Yllera

For this West London townhouse, Beata Heuman wanted to create a striking, imaginative and colorful space that felt current. The firm designed the bench, which is upholstered in a Rose Cummings fabric. The floor and walls have bespoke paint finishes.

Photo by Simon Brown

In Upstate New York, Jayne Design Studio worked with Peter Pennoyer Architects on this new home that was meant to evoke the spirit of great Hudson River Valley homes nearby. The foyer features the sculpture Atalanta by William Henry Rinehart and custom designs that include a curved settee and column tables that reference the fate of Atalanta and her lover, who were turned into lions by an angry god.

Photo by Pieter Estersohn

A Louis XVI wood lantern hangs above a table by Jean-Louis Deniot in this Manhattan apartment, which he also designed. The two vintage chairs are upholstered with a fabric from Houlès.

Photo by Jonny Valiant

The inspiration for the dramatic entry of this Manhattan duplex penthouse, which was designed by Cullman & Kravis in collaboration with architect John Murray, was a photograph Ellie Cullman had clipped many years prior of the staircase from West Wycombe Park, an 18th-century English country estate. Instead of using a carpeted stair runner, the designers embellished the stairs with gilded three-dimensional motifs, or what they refer to as “staircase jewelry.” The foyer features a French 20th-century Louis XVI–style gilt bronze lantern and the painting Bowery Burst, 1970, by Adolf Gottlieb.

Photo by Keith Scott Morton

The foyer establishes the refined tone of this 1920 apartment in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood by Nicole Hollis. The space showcases part of the family’s contemporary art collection, specifically Square Word Calligraphy: After Apple Picking, 2003, by Xu Bing.

Photo by Laure Joliet

Flanking the front door of this Hudson, New York, home by MR Architecture + Decor are 18th-century baguette candle sconces that have been electrified. Pierre Chareau–style chairs are positioned in front of the radiators, and hanging on the wall is a green and black Tulu rug.

Photo by Simon Upton

A collection of wire insect sculptures by Jonathan Chaillou and glass text “Soon” by Rob Wynne adorn the walls of Brian J. McCarthys Hudson Valley weekend home, which he shares with companion and business partner, Daniel Sager.

Photo by Francesco Lagnese

BoydDesign juxtaposed primitivism with modernism in this apartment in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, which has linen grasscloth wallcoverings and cork floors. Eames + Girard La Fonda Chairs flank the table, above which hangs Black/White Diptych, 2001, by Michael Boyd.

Photo by Richard Powers

Kemble Interiors, Inc., wanted to keep the foyer of this Palm Beach home light and welcoming. The pineapple-patterned wallpaper suggests warmth and hospitality, and it sets the stage for the British colonial theme throughout the house. The framed botanicals reference the outdoors, and the sisal runner keeps the flavor casual and tropical.

Photo courtesy of Kemble Interiors, Inc.

Designed by Neal Beckstedt Studio, the foyer of this home in New Yorks Westchester County features a black St. Laurent stone staircase and cast bronze balustrade.

Photo by Marili Forastieri

John Ike of Ike Kligerman Barkley’s second home is a two-level flat-roofed structure in San Diego, which was built in 1945 by a naval officer. The entryway features a bright red Dutch door and a multicolored glass table from a furniture collection Ike designed with photographer Irene Mamiye.

Photo by William Waldron

This 1930s family home by Burnham Design in Santa Monica, California, is owned by longtime clients with a fearless design sensibility. So Burnham created a layered, eclectic space that includes bold patterned wallpaper and chairs upholstered in leopard print with an ikat pillow.

Photo courtesy of Burnham Design

A 1950s Vistosi Murano chandelier hangs in the entryway of this Austin, Texas, home by Jan Showers. The space also includes a bronzed framed mirror by Maison Jansen and a James Nares painting.

Photo by Jeff McNamara

The foyer of this Los Angeles home by Nathan Turner has a simple black and white palette, which keeps the focus on the curving gallery wall of family photos and art in mismatched frames.

Photo by Coliena Rentmeester

Robert A.M. Stern Architects designed this shingle-style house in East Quogue, New York, where the neutral foyer includes a bead-board ceiling with exposed beams and a patterned runner on the stairs.

Photo by Peter Aaron / OTTO
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