Homes Photo Credit: Janis Nicolay

How to Design an Entryway That Wows

Three ways to design your entryway to make an awesome first impression.

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(Photo: John Bioldeau.)

1. Create a space with breathing room. 

If you entertain frequently, your entryway should have plenty of room to welcome partygoers (and it doesn’t hurt to set the tone with a swath of bold, beautiful wallpaper and a cozy bench for easy shoe-tying action). “We must’ve redesigned the stairs four or five times to make sure it wouldn’t be cramped,” laughs Cam Kraychy of Calgary’s Rocky Point Custom Homes.


(Photo: Janis Nicolay.)

2. Go big for your opening statement. 

Vancouver designer Ami McKay installed a sculptural, curving staircase and a custom oversized pivoting door to take advantage of the scale of this West Coast contemporary home. “The visual weight of these key elements along with the mix of natural materials—travertine, warm woods—brings in a laid-back-luxe kind of vibe as soon as you walk in the door,” McKay explains.

(Photo: Jason Statler.)

3. Warm up the entry with texture. 

A textured rug, oak flooring and beautiful balcony millwork bring a sense of warmth into an open, airy space. “This was a new unit, but the finishes were very cold,” says Hollam Design’s Adria Brotzel of this Vancouver home. “Our biggest goal was to warm up the entrance.” Even the monochromatic elements have some personality: the all-white wall is lined with horizontal moulding detail that adds some vital texture.


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