There’s truth in this cliche: You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And the initial impression of your home happens in the entryway.

Yes, the foyer—that oft-overlooked area designed as a simple stopover to whisk guests into your more important rooms. But don’t neglect your entryway! Use it to create a welcoming vibe right from the jump, and make your visitors say, “wow.”

How, pray tell? We looked to Instagram, as we do each week, to pull inspiration from the most-liked decor posts, this time with a focus on the foyer. Here are five entryway ideas that are guaranteed to make a lasting impression—along with items you can buy right now to steal the look.

1. Gallery-style prints

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Woke up missing the sea…this helps a bit ?

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Elevate your foyer to gallery status by adding a large print like this one featured by @christinaackermaninteriors.

“Large-scale artwork creates a lasting impact on your entryway regardless of the subject matter,” says Lanna Ali-Hassan of Beyond the Box Interiors. “The sheer fact that an oversized piece is displayed front and center instantly creates drama—in a good way! Invite your guests in, and provide them with a glimpse of what is to come once they enter the rest of your home.”

Get the look: Shop for your showstopping piece from Great Big Canvas.

2. Classic splash of red

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If you could paint your door any color, what color would you choose? (submitted by @katepearcevintage) Link in bio for more home decor inspo.

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Bright red might not be your first color of choice in every room of the house, but when it comes to dressing up a dull foyer? Just ask @katepearcevintage—you’ll see how a splash of rouge can work like a charm.

“Psychologically, red is a memorable and fearless color,” says Shelby Greene of Living Spaces. “It’s associated with energy and passion, making it a powerful accent color. Too much of it can become overpowering, so get creative with the shades and where you put it. This striking accent color is unforgettable to guests, too.”

Get the look: Add a bit of festivity to your neutral entryway with a can of Salsa by Benjamin Moore. (It’s paint, we promise!)

3. Handmade honeycomb shelves

As we can see from this post by @flamingos.home, honeycomb isn’t just for the bees. It’s also a more creative take on open shelving, offering a compact design ideal for entryways.

“Open shelving can become rather boring quickly unless styled to perfection,” says Ali-Hassan. “An easy way to spice up your entryway, while also displaying treasured keepsakes, is to introduce shelving with a unique shape. Honeycomb shelves are the perfect example of simplicity meeting interest—with a simple shape that’s intriguing but not overpowering.”

Get the look: Get your very own set of handmade honeycomb shelves from Etsy.

4. Modern minimalist sideboard

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Everyone knows storage is essential, but in a small space like the foyer you need something that works aesthetically as well—like this slim sideboard featured by @undecorated_home.

“A slim sideboard is the perfect solution to a narrow entryway when a drop station and storage are a must,” says Greene. “The clean lines calm down any chaos and keep all items intact in that space. Dress it vertically with a mirror, large art, and other decorative objects that speak to the tone of your home.”

Get the look: Upgrade your foyer storage with this slatted buffet from West Elm.

5. Arts and Crafts–style transom windows

A popular feature of the Arts and Crafts movement, transom windows (like these from are an upscale addition to any foyer.

“Transom windows add additional light and bring with them the opportunity to introduce unique architectural or design elements, like stained glass or trim,” says Ali-Hassan. “If designed with care, they’ll become the talking point of your entryway.”

Get the look: Design your perfect set of transom windows with Transoms Direct.

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