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