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Foyers, entryways and hallways: decor ideas for interior designers

Designers design for clients; but also their guests. Learn more about foyers, entryways, and hallways, and how to make them a standout element in your next design.

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Foyers, entryways and hallways: decor ideas for interior designers
Clara Carlino de Paz
February 23, 2023

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When it comes to interior design, the foyer, entryway, and hallway have been overlooked for far too long. Today, we’re reclaiming the power of first impressions and strong statements, because "you never get a second chance to make a first impression," also applies to homes. The entryway is the first thing that guests see when they walk into your clients’ home, and it sets the tone for the rest of the space. A well-designed entryway is the equivalent of an incredible first line or chapter in a book; a hook to the rest of your story.

Moreover, you can’t forget that halls, foyers, and entryways can also serve as functional spaces. They can be used as a place to store coats, shoes, and other outdoor gear, preventing them from cluttering up the rest of the home. Additionally, they can provide a transition area between the outside world and the interior of the home, helping to keep dirt and bad vibes out of the home.

Well lit and maintained entryways can also enhance safety if you think about it. It can provide a clear path for visitors and help to prevent accidents. Additionally, a well-designed entryway can deter burglars and intruders by making it clear that the home is well-maintained and cared for.

Finally, a well-designed entryway can increase the value of your clients’ home. A stunning entryway can make a great first impression on potential buyers and leave a lasting impression that tips the scales during a sale. In a crowded real estate market, a good hall can make a real difference!

Now that you’re on our side with the importance of foyers, entryways and hallways, you’re ready to think about your next design’s initial experience. In this article, we’ll go through some ways you can highlight this area of your design. If you like professional interior design content, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

Statement lighting

Statement lighting is an excellent way to add a touch of glamour to any foyer or hallway. A chandelier, pendant light, or even a series of sconces can create a dramatic effect that will impress guests and get them excited for the rest of the interior design experience. For example, a grand chandelier in a traditional foyer can add elegance and sophistication, while a modern pendant light can make a bold statement in a contemporary space.

Arched entry with Cameron Design House’s Kuulas Chandelier


Curvy architecture will be thought about as the defining feature of the 2020’s decade, and foyers, entrances and hallways are perfect places to introduce an arch. You can do this with paint, or by adding reinforced wood frames to this area to emulate the traditional arches we see in older homes. 

Conde Duque Apartment, Spain, by Sierra + De La Higuera, and photo by German Sáiz

Bold wallpaper and murals

Wallpaper is back in fashion in a massive way, and it can’t be understated how much character it can add to a foyer or hallway. Choose a bold pattern or colour to make a statement, or opt for a more subtle design that complements your interior designs. Stripes, florals, and geometric prints are all great options, but if you’re willing to be creative with your paint, murals and accent walls are great options too!

Unknown source: Beautiful pastoral, scenic mural in hallway

Stylish storage

Entryways and hallways can quickly become cluttered, so stylish storage is essential. Consider a console table with drawers, a chic hanger, a chest or trunk, or even built-in shelving to keep items organised. You can add decorative baskets, boxes, or trays to keep smaller items neat and tidy too!

Hewitt Large Sideboard at Furniture Village by Jon Day Photography

Tiles, terracotta, zellige and azulejos for days

Hallways sometimes feel like a liminal space in the home, in the middle of inside and outside. To delineate the difference between spaces, you can use tiles on the walls or floors and separate functional spaces.

Tiled black and white entrance by Alexander James

Artwork and mirrors

Artwork and mirrors can add interest to a blank wall and make the space appear larger. Choose pieces that complement your design and add a touch of your clients’ personality. A statement piece of art can be a conversation starter, while a large mirror can reflect light and create the illusion of more space (plus, a last check before heading out never hurt anyone!).

Photography by Alicia Taylor via House and Garden

Natural materials

Bring the outdoors in by incorporating natural elements into your decor. Plants, flowers, and even a small water feature can add a sense of calm and tranquillity to the space. Natural materials like wood, stone, and metal can also add warmth and texture.

Hallway design with wooden and natural fibre elements by Kate Marker Interiors, by Stoffer Photography

A welcoming touch

Finally, don't forget to add a welcoming touch to your foyer or hallway. A rug or runner can add colour and comfort, while a bench or chair can provide a place to sit and take off shoes. You can also add a vase of fresh flowers, a scented candle, or a bowl of fruit to make the space feel inviting.

Layered mirrors with ceramics, sculptures and dried plants by Chelsey Brown

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