30+ Fabulous Designer Foyers



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Designer Colleen Bashaw hoped to add natural texture in a beach house's entryway without covering up the custom-patterned cement tile. So she installed a sisal rug on the wall: "We thought it would be a fun focal point," she says.

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In a retro Houston home, Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth replaced the '60s room divider with a sleek alternative. An antique bench sits against a custom partition, painted in Benjamin Moore's Briarwood.

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Wanting to do something dramatic and glamorous in an apartment's entryway, Mark D. Sikes extended Schumacher's silk Bernal Braid trim from the linen-covered custom sofa onto the walls. The mirror and garden stools are from John Rosselli Antiques.

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Bring the outdoors in like this Manhattan apartment. Custom-colored Floribunda wallpaper by Kemble for Fromental incorporates some of the clients' favorite flowers. The ceiling pendant is a Morris Large lantern from Visual Comfort. A vintage pillow from Madeline Weinrib is a striking contrast to a tufted cushion in Fermoie's Poulton Stripe on the Emery & Cie Ecailles bench.

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Lindsey Coral Harper transformed her one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side into a vibrant retreat. She found the gilded Louis XVI mirror at a Paris flea market, and the zebra Louis XV-style bombé chest was discovered on 1stdibs.

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Lisa McFadden's home in Southampton, New York, which was decorated two decades ago by Justine Cushing, is stylishly timeless. A Korean tiger scroll greets visitors in the entry.

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"I like making a statement in an entry," says designer Summer Thornton, who commissioned custom panels and massed blue-and-white porcelain for a Florida home's foyer.

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In the foyer of a 1930s Georgian-style house, designer Christopher Maya accentuated a dramatic staircase by adding wainscoting along the curved stair wall and covering the entire hall in Temple Newsam, a scenic wallpaper by de Gournay. The frothy Louis XVI demilune and Italian neoclassical gilt barometer are from David Duncan Antiques.

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Updating the floor with a custom-painted checkerboard dramatically changed the entry of a Long Island home. Side chairs got a face-lift with fabric by Bob Collins & Sons.

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Blues and grays create a soothing palette in a Scandinavian cottage. A gaslit Swedish Art Nouveau chandelier hangs above a German Rococo table in the stair hall. The antique Mora clock from Napoleon Inredningar is painted in a beautiful Swedish blue — a deeper iteration of the blue on the walls.

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A vintage mirror hangs over a custom console in the entry of a Los Angeles home designed by Betsy Burnham. Instead of runners, Burnham "carpeted" the entry with inlaid mosaic stones by Country Floors.

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A 19th-century Cambodian sculpture holds its own among exotic elements in the foyer of a Richmond, Virginia, house, recently decorated by Lili O'Brien and Leigh Anne Muse. The antique bench is covered in a Dogwood Fabrics batik. The mirror is from Marston Luce Antiques.

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A 17th-century table anchors the entry of a Swedish summer house, and its color is echoed in the custom Shyam Ahuja rug. The walls are painted in a matte finish, but the ceiling is high gloss, to bounce more light into the room. Curtains in Robert Allen's Fresh Flowers are embroidered with wild strawberries, "my homage to Ingmar Bergman," says designer Marshall Watson.

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Blogger Sarah Rose's cheery apartment's cheery apartment has a yellow color scheme running throughout. In the entry, stools covered in a purple velvet, Romo's Zola, next to heirloom chairs covered in Designers Guild's Varese make for an unexpected combination of colors that grabs attention right away.

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The ground-floor entry of an Alabama lake house is furnished with a Saltire console and a spindle-leg table, both from McAlpine Home. The local fieldstone found for the walls was originally covered in lichen and moss, "so gorgeous it inspired all the colors in the house," designer Susan Ferrier says.

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In designer Benjamin Dhong's house in California's wine country, a surreal print from CB2 greets you in the entryway. A Signature lamp from Currey and Company sits atop a Chinese table, another flea-market purchase that Dhong painted white. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter.

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To soothe city-frayed nerves, the front door of a Park Avenue apartment opens to entry walls painted in Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue. The Urban Electric Co.'s Urban Smokebell pendant matches the industrial feel of the vintage Dutch steel console.

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A Peter Beard photograph hangs in the entry of a whimsical Manhattan loft. The felt "boulders" are from VivaTerra, while the Sisal rug is by Stark.

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Designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman transformed a former doctor's office into an elegant Manhattan apartment. The former waiting room is now painted in California Paints' Volute for contrast.

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In a Naples, Florida, house, a wild silk rug by Fort Street Studio and an Alexander Calder tapestry, Soleil Rouge, pull the eye down in the entry, "so you don't notice that the ceiling is so high," designer Robert Couturier says.

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For a dramatic statement in the foyer and stairwell of a Charlotte, North Carolina, house, Lindsey Coral Harper covered the walls in Jim Thompson's Duquetterie linen.

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The bold pattern of a custom-made, zebra-inspired rug from Stark energizes the monochromatic palette in the entry hall of an Atlanta house decorated by Robert Brown.

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Vaughan's Lymington chandelier hangs from a coffer covered in Donghia's silver-leaf tea paper to add a warm glow to the foyer of a Manhattan apartment designed by James and Phoebe Howard. The fluted wood walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in White Dove.

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In the entry of a Manhattan apartment decorated by Lilly Bunn, a Romano mirror from Bungalow 5 picks up the purple in Phillip Jeffries's Juicy Jute grass cloth on the walls.

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In the entryway of actor Eric Stonestreet's Los Angeles house, cushions on a 19th-century bench are covered in a reclaimed carpet.

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Painted metal palms add whimsy to the foyer in Amanda Lindroth's Bahamas house.

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In the entry of a Shingle Style cottage in East Hampton, New York, decorated by Robert Stilin, an antique French basket provides storage for dog toys and leashes.

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On the Lake Forest, Illinois, entry's chocolate-brown walls — Benjamin Moore Aura in Mink — designer Ruthie Sommers had Patrick Roullier paint a mural of ivory trees and squirrels based on the flora and fauna of the Illinois countryside. The bench from the Antique & Artisan Center is covered in a Pindler & Pindler ticking stripe.

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Vivid colors and patterns — from Quadrille's Nomad fabric on the walls and ceiling to the silk shades of custom lamps by Blanche P. Field to an upholstered patent leather door — make a bold statement in the foyer of a Manhattan apartment decorated by Miles Redd.

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"I found the console in the entry at auction, stripped off its ugly blue paint, and aged it with white paint and sandpaper," designer Tobi Tobin says of the piece in her Hollywood Hills farmhouse.

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Antiqued mirror, hand cut in an emerald shape and inlaid with brass, visually doubles the width of the entry in a New York City apartment decorated by Philip Gorrivan. A silver-leafed ceiling enhances the light. Maxime Old designed the console in the 1930s.

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To create a light, airy feel in the entry of his West Hollywood house, visual merchandiser Mark D. Sikes painted the walls New Linen by Kelly-Moore and whitewashed the floors. For a dramatic "Dorothy Draper moment," he used Benjamin Moore's high-gloss Black on the door.

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Designer Ashley Whittaker chose Osborne & Little's Maharani wallpaper for the entry in a New York City apartment: "Billy Baldwin said you should start with a dark space and work your way through the apartment, lightening rooms as you go." The Ballard Designs table allows just enough clearance to open the front door.

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A pair of hanging lights from Niermann Weeks illuminates a collection of Asian porcelain from Wah Tung in the entry hall of Nicolette Horn's Norway house.

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Louvered shutters that open into the living room lend a touch of British Colonial style to the entry of a Long Island beach house decorated by Rob Southern.

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Designer Scot Meacham Wood considers his San Francisco entryway an introduction to the many things he loves: layers of texture and color, books, art, and chinoiserie.

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