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Entryways are all about first impressions. What you encounter the moment you cross a threshold into a home sets the tone for how you will feel about the space — and yourself. A look at 5 popular entryway photos recently uploaded to Houzz reveals that there’s no right formula, but a strong emphasis on feel-good materials and colors will surely be a welcoming beacon in your home.


Murphy Design, original photo on Houzz


1. Blue Me Away

Eye-popping wallpaper and a geometric mirror and console table create a showstopping entry in this New York City home.

Wallpaper: Rosey Posey Trellis in Ginger Jar Blue, by Anna Spiro for Porter’s Paints, via Black & Spiro; Safina rug in Blush: Lulu & Georgia; console: West Elm (discontinued); Romano wall mirror in sapphire blue: Bungalow 5; Travis aged brass pendant: Hudson Valley Lighting; floral blue-and-white porcelain umbrella stand: Oriental Furniture


M. Barnes & Co., original photo on Houzz


2. The Long Game

An antique rug and a large 19th-century console table accentuate the narrowness of this Dallas entry. Shutters behind a piece of abstract art help fill the expanse of wall.


Elliott + Elliott Architecture, original photo on Houzz


3. Privacy Advocate

A frosted-glass door lets in light and blocks views inside this Maine home, while a vision strip allows the homeowners to see who’s at the door. Limestone floor tile transitions to maple. The bench is maple too.

Paint color: Gray Cashmere, Benjamin Moore


Duchateau Floors, original photo on Houzz


4. Natural Fit

Here, an arched glass-paneled door opens to a Kim Scodro-designed entryway, whose stone floor switches to antique-style wood. Furnishings in organic colors and plaster walls add to the Mediterranean mood.

Slat floor: Heritage Timber Collection, DuChateau Floors

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Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods, original photo on Houzz


5. Riddle Me Bliss

A creamy paint color and richly toned hardwood flooring warm this sun-drenched entryway. Built-ins offer storage and display space, while an oversize question mark on the wall keeps things from being too serious.

Question mark wall decor: Uttermost