Creating a Welcoming Entry
Designing an entry for a new project might be one of my favorite parts of the interior design process, as the entry of the home sets the tone for everything to come. From stark and serene, to homey and cozy, the entry is the lynchpin of the home, and as a space that has few elements, it’s important to get them exactly right,
My first rule is don’t hold back. If there is any room in the house to go for unrestrained drama, it is the entry. Every time you open your front door, you should think “Wow, I’m so lucky to live here!" And every time a guest enters, they will hopefully think “Wow. I sure wish I lived here!”
The key to creating drama in an entry is a focal point. If you are lucky enough to have a sweeping staircase or 12-foot-high double doors leading to your living room, then the drama comes naturally. But lots of entries just have a blank wall and you have to add in drama, as i did in this secondary entry in the 2017 ASID-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Designer Show House in Tomball, TX. I brought in a vibrant painting, and created a chunky console to be my focal point in what was otherwise a blank wall between doors.
Here’s another entry where an uninspiring space was framed by bold art and a unique burl console table. A table near the front door is a must - everyone needs a place to put down their keys, purse, mail, bags, whatever you have in your hands, as soon as you walk in the door.
The surface near the door doesn't have to be a table - a bench works, too! I particularly love the giant mirror in this space as it makes the entry seem so open and inviting. A large mirror is also a great trick if your entry is small or dark. It instantly doubles the the visual space and brightens things by reflecting available light.
Here’s a near-perfect entry way in a lovely, casual style. It’s hard to pull off cozy and dramatic, but the perfect selection of elements can do just that. A wicker chest to set your bags on, followed by a striking console and mirror in the hall, to bring the style. Just love it.
Last, don’t forget to look up and down. I like to use the biggest chandelier or lantern the space will allow, and it’s also a great spot to use a statement floor, as it doesn't have to match the the rest of the flooring in the house. It’s all about the initial impact...
For more entry inspiration, please visit my Entry Way Pinterest board.