Photograph by Amanda Kirkpatrick, courtesy of Rafe Churchill

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. Here are 7 minimalist examples to inspire you.

Photo by Michael Moran, courtesy of O'Neill Rose Architects

At the homeowners’ request, architect Elizabeth Roberts used the penny tile threshold to make a statement that doesn’t overpower the streamlined entryway design.

Photo by Dustin Aksland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design

The graphic cement tile flooring and colorful rug add interest without calling too much attention to themselves in a beach house entryway.

Photo by Justine Hand

Photo by Eric Piasecki

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.

An unobtrusive bike rack neatly stows the homeowner’s bike out of the way to keep the entryway clear in this London maisonette.

Photo by Richard Round-Turner, courtesy of Lisa Jones

Photo by Lauren Moore, courtesy of Integrated Development

The white oak built-ins in this Los Angeles apartment display only a few objects and books to keep them from feeling cluttered.

A neutral, understated vignette greets visitors in this Park Slope, Brooklyn, entryway.

Photo courtesy of Hovey Design

Photo courtesy of Studio Oink

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.