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December 11, 2014
Peruse nine Dwell-approved tactics for making your entryway more than just another boring passthrough; consider architectural statements, savvy storage, and color.
Hudson Woods, Kerhonkson, New York

White oak takes center stage inside the main entrance of this modern cabin in upstate New York. "The entry is the only space in the house where wood is on the floors, the walls, the ceilings, the stairs, everywhere. Not only that, but it happens to be 16 feet high—even higher than that if you consider the opening in the stairwell—so it ended up being a really dramatic space that we're pleased with and that people are drawn to."

Originally appeared in An Enclave of Modern Cottages in New York's Hudson Valley
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Gravel path leading to firewood storage and front door in Washington

For this artist's home on the San Juan Islands in Washington State, the architect plotted out a courtyard and accomodated a wood storage area in the enclave's main entry. The gravel path leading to the front door passes through the central courtyard.

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Originally appeared in Fall in Love with This Dreamy Studio
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Modern prefab modular and triangular home by HOMB in Portland glass enclosed spiral staircase hexagon

Make a statement with an entryway that forms the central core of a house. The core of the glass-enclosed spiral stair in this Oregan prefab is a hexagon, a reference to the moments in the floor plan in which six triangular modules are joined together to form the shape.

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Originally appeared in 28 Triangles Make Up This Hyper-Angular Family Home
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Brooklyn entryway

By moving the foot of the stairway away from the front door of an old rowhouse in Brooklyn, MADE carved out a transition point from the stoop and sidewalk below, providing a welcome measure of privacy. Saving on the floor tiles by using concrete block meant that the owners could spring for hand-finished wallpaper by Swedish company Sandberg.

Originally appeared in A Wallpaper Story
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affordable Kansas City home entrance with aluminum ikea hooks and vintage coffee table

Entryways can be functional, even without being elaborate. For this Kansas City home, built from the ground up on a budget, coats hang from Ikea's aluminum Bjärnum hooks above a vintage Lane coffee table, which the resident bought from a coworker, and beneath a photograph by Beth Mercer.

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Originally appeared in A Versatile House Fulfills All This Musician's Needs
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Oslo hallway with blue-painted laundry room door

Creative paint application can have a major impact in a foyer. Inspired by brightly colored doors in Notting Hill, these Oslo flat owners chose a few distinct hues for interior doors in their renovated apartment, such as blue Flügger paint for the door leading in to the laundry room.

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Hans Petter
Originally appeared in Neoclassical Meets Modern in This Nordic Gem
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Byron Bay house staircase.

If you're building from the ground up, consider making an entryway multifunctional so it can incorporate other architectural elements, like a striking stairwell. This one features minimalist floating timber stair treads wrapped around a woven steel mesh blade wall.

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Archiblox
Originally appeared in Modular Beach Home in Australia
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modern vanguard way martini deck cylindrical entry galvanized steel

Architect Max Levy clad the cylindrical entry of this Dallas home in raw, galvanized sheet metal and topped it with a “martini deck.” 

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Originally appeared in A Light-Filled, Nature-Inspired House in Dallas
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orange door of a black steel-framed home

Gray Organschi built a home for Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan on Shelter Island, and they capped the project with a sunny touch for the entryway: citrus-hued front door paint that contrasts the dark siding. 

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Originally appeared in Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island Vacation Home
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Hudson Woods, Kerhonkson, New York

White oak takes center stage inside the main entrance of this modern cabin in upstate New York. "The entry is the only space in the house where wood is on the floors, the walls, the ceilings, the stairs, everywhere. Not only that, but it happens to be 16 feet high—even higher than that if you consider the opening in the stairwell—so it ended up being a really dramatic space that we're pleased with and that people are drawn to."

Photo by Deborah DeGraffenreid.

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