Entryway Décor Ideas That Make an Instant Impact

By Toll Brothers 3 minute read

What’s the first thing you see when you enter a new home? At Toll Brothers, we think about this question a lot – from the moment we begin designing the floor plans for a new home community to the grand opening of one of our professionally decorated model homes. 

While distinctive architectural design is critical to creating that ‘wow’ factor when you open the front door, the right décor can also serve to elevate any space. We asked Angela Harris, CEO and Principal at TRIO and frequent collaborator on the interior design of our Toll Brothers model homes across the country, to share some of her favorite trends and ideas in entryway décor.

They say you only have one chance to make a first impression. Consider these tips for creating an entryway that makes an instant impact.



Start by looking at your space with fresh eyes. When determining how much or how little décor you need, scan the room from left to right and determine where the eye naturally focuses when you enter the home. “I like to make sure I see my favorite pieces when I walk in, so wherever the eye naturally falls, focus your efforts there,” suggests Harris. 

Luxe entryway with eye-catching décor
Cedar Mill Landing by Toll Brothers in Portland, OR



Lighting is key. In addition to the natural light at your entry, think about how you can create light at different levels. If you have a larger foyer, maybe there’s a console table with a lamp, in addition to an overhead light. “I personally love a bold fixture at the entry – it really sets the tone for your home and is a great opportunity to show off your design style,” says Harris.

Foyer entryway with stunning lighting fixture designs
The Oaks North by Toll Brothers in Meridian, ID



The entry is also a perfect, low-risk place to get a little creative with flooring, particularly tile. “It’s a great way to bring in pattern and color in your flooring without a major commitment,” says Harris. 

Entryway with tile flooring
220 Towns at Canyon Park by Toll Brothers in Bothell, WA



When it comes to art, don’t just focus on the walls. “I love incorporating sculpture in an entry,” says Harris. “It’s a great way to use space, especially when you have structural elements such as a staircase, which can create the perfect art nook.”

Foyer with side home office
North Hill – The Point Collection by Toll Brothers in Thornton, CO



A lot of times, the entryway is where clutter tends to build. “We toss off our shoes, kids backpacks, etc.,” says Harris. “There are so many options now for chic, smart storage solutions to keep those things organized or tucked away, which will not only help make a better impression on your guests, it will be less stressful when you arrive home, too.” Work with the structural elements of your home, such as a stairway, to create a gracious entry space by including storage baskets, a narrow console table, or hooks on one wall as you walk in.  

Entryway with storage décor
Carriage Hill West by Toll Brothers in Nampa, ID


Whether you are remodeling your current home, or designing your Toll Brothers dream home, these entryway décor ideas are sure to inspire, and help you create a lasting impression.

Toll Brothers design options vary by market, community and home design across the country. For more information regarding design options offered in a specific Toll Brothers community or home, please visit our website or reach out to one of our Online Sales Consultants. 

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Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). 2021 marks the 10th year Toll Brothers has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies® list. Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

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