An entryway, by definition, is where you land when you step through the door of your home—which means it can also become the place where you shed your coat, bag, and keys as soon as you’re inside. Let these 15 minimalist, streamlined, and welcoming entryways from our archives be your inspiration to stow shoes and coats in closets and keep your entryway clear and clutter-free.
Above: In a remodeled Bedford, New York, farmhouse, architect Rafe Churchill and interior designer Kathryn Fagin kept things understated in the entryway with a neutral palette. Photograph by Amanda Kirkpatrick, courtesy of Rafe Churchill; styling by Anna Molvik from Architect Visit: A Renovated Farmhouse in Bedford with Scandinavian Influences.
Above: Architecture firm O’Neill Rose designed a suspended bench in the entryway of an Upper West Side brownstone to keep sightlines clear—and echo the architecture of the floating staircase. Photograph by Michael Moran, courtesy of O’Neill Rose Architects from A New York Story: The Stunning Revival of a Landmarked Townhouse with an Intriguing History.
Above: At the homeowners’ request, architect Elizabeth Roberts used the penny tile threshold to make a statement that doesn’t overpower the streamlined entryway design. “When we say hello and goodbye, we get in a huddle and yell ‘Squeeze!,’” says the homeowner. “We wanted our kids to feel as if they were getting a hug as they were passing through the door.” Photograph by Dustin Aksland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
Above: The graphic cement tile flooring and colorful rug add interest without calling too much attention to themselves in a beach house entryway. Photograph by Justine Hand from Out at Sea: A Shipshape Renovation in Provincetown by Hein+Cozzi.
Above: A single pair of oft-worn shoes are left out in the entryway of this Jackson Heights, Queens, apartment, and the oversized hook is left mostly empty to make a sculptural statement. Photograph by Eric Piasecki from 10 Storage Ideas to Steal from an Artfully Organized Apartment in New York City.
Above: An unobtrusive bike rack neatly stows the homeowner’s bike out of the way to keep the entryway clear in this London maisonette. Photograph by Richard Round-Turner, courtesy of Lisa Jones from A Star Is Born: A Rehabbed London Maisonette from a Newly Minted Designer, High/Low Secrets Included.
Above: The white oak built-ins in this Los Angeles apartment display only a few objects and books to keep them from feeling cluttered. Photograph by Lauren Moore, courtesy of Integrated Development from Let There Be Light: Habitat 6 in Los Angeles, Townhouses Designed for Brighter City Living.
Above: A neutral, understated vignette greets visitors in this Park Slope, Brooklyn, entryway. Photograph courtesy of Hovey Design from Real Estate Staging with Style and Affordability: 8 Insider Tips from Hollister and Porter Hovey.
Above: A full-height, built-in storage system takes advantage of the high ceilings in this Wiesbaden, Germany, home and keeps entryway detritus out of sight. The unorthodox floorboard layout echoes the lines in the storage unit and further contributes to the sense of order in the space. Photograph via Studio Oink from Happiness at Home with a German Design Duo.
Above: A closet is seamlessly built in under the entry stairs in a Manhattan townhouse to keep the floor clutter-free. “The curve at the bottom [of the staircase] has a kind of traditional feel to it,” says the architect, “but still feels quite clean and fresh.” Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.
Above: A hanging storage solution vaguely reminiscent of the Shaker peg rail keeps a few necessities at the ready in this Vancouver home, while a conveniently located cabinet conceals the rest. Photograph by Gillian Stevens from Pale and Interesting: An Artful and Economical Renovation in Vancouver, BC.
Above: A cleverly placed mirror in the entry hall is kept unobstructed to reflect the cased opening opposite, making the space feel infinite. Photograph by Richard Barnes, courtesy of Lauren Wegel from Ben Bradlee Slept Here: The Legendary Journalist’s Georgetown House Changes with the Times.
Above: Minimal decor lets the charming historic details in this Charleston home-turned-office take center stage. Photograph courtesy of SCDO Partners from Exotica at Work: Inside a Historic Office in Charleston, Plus 13 Ideas to Steal.
Above: An all-in-one entryway station tucked neatly into a corner of the entry echoes the materials palette in this barn-inspired guesthouse. Photograph by Joe Fletcher, courtesy of General Assembly from A Converted Catskills Guest Barn for Actress Amanda Seyfried.
Above: Despite the fact that the storage is out in the open, the neutral palette and continuous wood theme keep this entryway feeling streamlined. Photograph by Matthew Williams from Natural Instincts: An Interior Designer’s Weekend Home, Built for Tranquility.
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