Entryways are one of the most important areas of our homes, as they’re the first thing we (and our guests) see when we enter the house. So, they need to be welcoming and stylish.
And even if you pick the best furniture, your entrance won’t look good if your rug doesn’t deliver. Fortunately, there are many styles and shapes you can pick from, so check out our entryway rug ideas to get inspired.
Make a Bold Choice
If your hallway is neutral, with a lot of white and beige, you want something that will make a statement. Getting a bright-colored patterned rug is the safest choice.
You can go for any color or design, but if you truly want to elevate the look of your hallway, pick something like this hand-woven red rug with a Persian-style pattern.
It will instantly make the room brighter and give it some texture and color.
Match Your Rug to the Wall Color
We already know that the wall color should have a different undertone from your wooden floor, but what color should you use for your rug to match?
The answer is rather simple — if you wish to have a cohesive but exciting entryway, pick an entryway area rug in the same color as your wall. You can pick a darker or lighter shade, of course.
For example, a light gray rug, like the one you can see here, is an excellent choice for a room with a dark gray wall and a dark wooden floor.
Small Entry Solution
If you don’t have an entryway space in your studio apartment, or if you have only a small entry, you should stay away from large, bulky rugs. Instead, get a small entryway rug in a neutral color that matches your walls.
This way, you’ll get a small area where you can take off your shoes while keeping your space uncluttered and stylish.
Natural Jute Rug as a Safe Choice
Jute is 100% waterproof and is one of the easiest materials to maintain, which is why a jute rug is a very popular option for kitchens. However, these features also make it a fantastic choice for an entryway rug.
So, pick a simple beige jute rug and place it in front of your entryway to get some texture and make the space look natural and chic.
What’s also great about this rug type is that it fits all styles, from rustic ones to more complex and modern ones.
Long Runner for Long Hallways
There’s no better choice for long but narrow hallways than a long entryway rug. They provide you with warmth and comfort without overcrowding the area.
Even if your hallway is not separated from the rest of the house by a wall, a long runner can help anchor your hallway space and give you the finished look.
But be aware that this rug will take a lot of space, so pick a simpler one to keep your hallway looking tidy.
Use Two Rugs to Get a Complex Look
When decorating an entryway, most people consider only getting one rug. But if you think about it, if you have enough room, it makes sense to use two rugs. By using two rugs, you’ll also get some texture and separate the space into two zones.
You can have one small front entryway rug that you’ll place directly at the door where you’ll clean your shoes, and you can add another larger one to make your hallway more welcoming.
We recommend using two rugs of similar colors to make it look like a set. However, the patterns don’t have to be the same as long as they are similar enough to match.
Use a Round Entryway Rug
If you have a square foyer and want to soften the look and make it more balanced, there’s no better way to do it than with a round rug. Since round carpets are unusual, they are more likely to be noticed by your guests.
Just make sure to get one made of quality material, like wool. You can find something similar to this gorgeous vintage-style distressed rug and turn your foyer into a special luxurious space.
And if you love reading, or just drinking your morning coffee in peace, adding a comfy reading chair or two and a small table on top of your round rug is all you need for a perfect reading nook.
Embrace Vibrant Colors
When choosing your entryway rug, you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with color. By picking colorful rugs for your entryway, your guests will instantly get a boost of positive energy when walking through the door.
You can use the same color palette as for the rest of the hallway, like this pink and yellow rug that matches the pastel palette of the background, or you can add some contrast by using completely different colors.
What size rug should go in a foyer?
The size of foyer rugs will depend on how big your foyer is, as you want to leave some space between the wall and the rug, but not too much. The free space between the wall and the rug should be around 12″ to 24″, depending on how much of your floors you want to show.
Can you use a round rug in a foyer?
Yes, you can use a round rug in a foyer. It’s a great option if you have a square room in which you want to create some balance and soften it up. Or if you have an arched front door and want to match it to your rug shape.
How do I protect my carpet at the entrance?
You can use various spray fabric protectors or get a special mat where your shoes will get clean first before stepping on the carpet.
As a final line of defense, you can use a plastic carpet cover, but we don’t recommend it for every day, as it will make your beautiful carpet look cheap. However, when you know there will be a lot of traffic in your home, it’s the safest solution for keeping your carpet pristine.