Entryway Design Ideas

Make coming home a pleasure by making sure your entryway – also known as a foyer or vestibule – is the perfect transition from the public world to the private world. Your choice of front door, the organisation and general flow of the entryway should be practical and reflect the style of your home. Your entryway, foyer or vestibule is the first impression guests will have of your home. Does it reflect you and your household? Here are a few ways to make your entryway better - and if all else fails, there's always hiring an interior designer to help.

How can you make your front door stand out?


Front doors can make or break a home’s appeal. An outdated or ill-fitting front door will imply what lies beyond is just as overdue for a makeover. No one wants a front door that stands out for all the wrong reasons, so choose one that suits the style of your home. Aluminium doors, for example, are more suited to contemporary-style homes, whereas ornate timber doors suit period homes. That doesn’t mean you can’t inject some of your own personality, though.

While the architectural style should remain the same, you can shake things up with paint colours and quirky door handles. If you’re planning a new home, play around with the size and shape of your entrance door, too, and if you want to include a screen door, look for one that architecturally complements the existing front door.

How can you create an organised entryway or foyer?


An organised foyer requires smart storage solutions – otherwise it’s at risk of becoming a dumping zone. Think about what you do when you first walk into your home. Most people will put their keys down, store a bag or coat, then take their shoes off. If this sounds like you, and your entryway is relatively sizeable, consider including some built-in joinery or a slimline console or hall table. Otherwise, hooks for keys, a coat stand and shoe rack will suffice. If you have a large family, allocate one drawer or shelf to each member of the clan. And finally, don’t overcrowd this area with belongings that can’t be stored in a bedroom. When guests arrive, you want to be able to offer them somewhere to put down their belongings.

Could a dirt room save your floors and entry?


Having a mudroom isn’t commonplace in Australia and New Zealand, but it is becoming increasingly popular as a means to keep mess at bay. In coastal areas, it is sometimes referred to as a sand room, while in rural areas, it can be known as a dirt room. A mudroom is usually a secondary entrance or located at the back entrance, and is ideal for storing shoes, school backpacks, sports equipment and pet essentials.

You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to a mudroom. A narrow hall or partial wall will do the trick just fine – just add built-ins, some cubbies for individual family members and a bench. If you have a laundry that has direct access to the outdoors, it’s an ideal opportunity to convert it into a multi-purpose space. Combining a laundry and mudroom is a logical and effective use of space. If there’s no room inside, take a look outside. If you have a verandah, cordon off an area for the likes of dirty soccer boots and surfboards.
Design ideas for a contemporary entryway in Sydney with beige floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary entryway in Sydney with beige floor.

Contemporary front door in Perth with white walls, concrete floors, a single front door, a black front door and grey floor.

Dion Robeson
Contemporary front door in Perth with white walls, concrete floors, a single front door, a black front door and grey floor.
Textures and touch of green - kolour_melive

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This is an example of a traditional front door in Sydney with brown walls, a double front door, a green front door and brown floor.

This is an example of a traditional front door in Sydney with brown walls, a double front door, a green front door and brown floor.
Nice entrance - suzanne_hurley

This is an example of a contemporary mudroom in Central Coast with white walls, light hardwood floors, a single front door and a white front door.

Grant Leslie
This is an example of a contemporary mudroom in Central Coast with white walls, light hardwood floors, a single front door and a white front door.
could do this down ones side of hallway at The Crofts? Storage boxes?? - sunnymaz

Design ideas for a traditional foyer in Perth with beige walls, marble floors, a double front door, a white front door and beige floor.

Putra Indrawan
Design ideas for a traditional foyer in Perth with beige walls, marble floors, a double front door, a white front door and beige floor.
staircase entry grand opening - samuel_fletcher

This is an example of a traditional foyer in Melbourne with blue walls and carpet.

This is an example of a traditional foyer in Melbourne with blue walls and carpet.
Like this space around the steps with enteries to other rooms. - webuser_515394743

This is an example of a mid-sized traditional front door in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a single front door and a yellow front door.

Alterations and additions to existing terrace house, Randwick, Sydney by Day Bukh Architects Internal finished 2014. External completed mid 2015 Sustainability Features: - passive solar design - low e glass - water saving devices - high levels of insulation - led lighting - renewable timbers - low impact fibre cement - recycled brick - cooling gardens - energy efficient appliances and water saving devices - solar voltaic cells for power - rainwater collection for reuse - indigenous landscaping
Red brick, black trim and contrasting door - georgina_anderson25

Design ideas for a contemporary front door in Wollongong with a glass front door.

Side entryway into kitchen. Photo: Tom Ferguson
Design ideas for a contemporary front door in Wollongong with a glass front door.
i like the pebbles steps and the black with marble and greenery. - eliza_schoenmaker

Inspiration for a contemporary entry hall in Melbourne with white walls, a single front door, an orange front door, brown floor and light hardwood floors.

Inspiration for a contemporary entry hall in Melbourne with white walls, a single front door, an orange front door, brown floor and light hardwood floors.
Double hallway width incorporating stair well - rustyspannah

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Photo of a contemporary front door in Adelaide with brown walls, a single front door and a glass front door.

Sam Noonan
Photo of a contemporary front door in Adelaide with brown walls, a single front door and a glass front door.
Pool - karen_graham1972

Inspiration for a contemporary front door in Sydney with white walls, a single front door, a medium wood front door and grey floor.

Inspiration for a contemporary front door in Sydney with white walls, a single front door, a medium wood front door and grey floor.
like white rise and timber tread - jenny_hefford

Contemporary entryway in Adelaide.

Contemporary entryway in Adelaide.
side table art, floors - webuser_29275865

This is an example of a small contemporary entryway in Sydney with grey walls.

Polished concrete bench with white timber battens. Free draining pea gravel with lagerstroemia indica natchez, buxus balls and Ficus Lyrata in pot. Photos by Natalie Hunfalvay
Dark Feature wall - darmi47

This is an example of a large contemporary entry hall in Perth with white walls, porcelain floors, a single front door and a white front door.

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This is an example of a large contemporary entry hall in Perth with white walls, porcelain floors, a single front door and a white front door.
The layout and open feel (From another angle) - webuser_910544471246

Design ideas for a small beach style mudroom in Gold Coast - Tweed with dark hardwood floors and white walls.

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Design ideas for a small beach style mudroom in Gold Coast - Tweed with dark hardwood floors and white walls.
Build a similar cupboard at side door entry - phoebepratt

Design ideas for a contemporary front door in Perth with a single front door and a medium wood front door.

Distinctive Homes WA
Design ideas for a contemporary front door in Perth with a single front door and a medium wood front door.
Love Lights in stairs and the down light on the pillar - raquel_streek

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Mid-sized contemporary front door in Sydney with a pivot front door, white walls, concrete floors, a gray front door and grey floor.

Michael Nicholson
Mid-sized contemporary front door in Sydney with a pivot front door, white walls, concrete floors, a gray front door and grey floor.
stair well near front door - vanessa_calil32

Inspiration for a contemporary entryway in Sunshine Coast with white walls, a single front door, a dark wood front door and grey floor.

Squire Development Group
Inspiration for a contemporary entryway in Sunshine Coast with white walls, a single front door, a dark wood front door and grey floor.
Like the unusual door & stone entry. - kerrie_holmes