There's never a second chance to make a first impression—something that the homeowners and interiors designers below have understood all too well. While our entrance halls are filled with too many coats, bills, and not enough flair, theirs are stately, elegant, and welcoming. So while you work on improving every aspect of your life with your 2017 resolutions, make a vow to transform your entryway and give visitors the best first impression they can possibly have.
Not sure where to start? We rounded up our favorite entrance halls of 2016 to provide you with inspiration and practical tips on how to style your foyer into a grand entrance. From oversized trees to pedestal tables and painted balustrades, there's a little something for every entryway size and budget. Whether all you need is a new set of coat hooks or a grand overhaul, these breathtaking entrance halls will give you the push you need to start the new year in style.
In the stunning Malibu home of interior designer Vanessa Alexander, it all starts with an oversize tree paired simply with a farmhouse console and statement mirror. The accessories are kept simple and pared back to add to the easy breezy California vibe.
Tip to Try: Create an airy entrance hall with reclaimed pieces and handmade pottery. Finish off with a larger-than-life tree.
Interior designer Brady Tolbert shows us that it's possible to have high style in a petite space. This entrance hall simply pairs a high lacquered door with a simple striped runner and a showstopping chandelier.
Tip to Try: When working with a small space, keep your palette neutral but create beautiful moments with statement lighting and clever use of paint.
In this breathtaking modern lake house, it doesn't take much to make a great impression. The designers at Workshop APD, who were also the architects on the projects, paired a long bench with a Beni Ourain runner.
Tip to Try: Let your architecture shine by keeping a color scheme that's close to your walls, floors, and balustrade in the furniture and accessories.
Courtesy of Ben Pentreath
This arresting entryway in a 19th-century Wiltshire Manor House was designed by British designer Ben Pentreath. For his clients, who live in Hong Kong, Pentreath combined Eastern and Western influences in a classic manner.
Tip to try: Create a focal point in your entrance hall with a pedestal table topped with a vase filled with tall branches.
Courtesy of Studio McGee
In this family-friendly remodel, designers at Studio McGee kept it simple with a schoolhouse pendant, a simple bench, and eye-catching hooks to hang bags, hats, and coats.
Tip to Try: If you don't have an entryway closet, pick the most beautiful hooks you can find—they will make a statement on their own when not in use.
Courtesy of Studio Ashby
In a London apartment, interior designer Sophie Ashby carved an entryway nook with a well-styled tinted glass console and a statement piece of art, proving that you don't need a ton of space to do it right.
Tip to try: If your space is limited, opt for an oversize piece of art to hang above your console to give your entryway a larger-than-life appeal.
In this entrance hall, the balustrade was painted a cheerful blue to complement the vintage lifesaver hung on the wall. The rest of the space is simply decorated with monochrome prints and accessories.
Tip to Try: Have a balustrade that's seen better days? Upgrade it with a lick of paint in a bright color.
In what was probably our favorite foyer of 2016, Brooklyn Decker welcomed her guests with a cheeky Looney Tunes–inspired painting and finished off her look with a leather settee and a fiddle-leaf fig tree.
Tip to Try: Eye-catching art will always win over visitors. Start with a beloved piece and decorate around it.
Which entryway is your favorite? Cast your vote!