The entrance hall is one of the most important spaces in the home. Not to sound shallow, but first impressions and appearances count for just as much with homes as they do (unfortunately) with people. When you have guests or family members over for the first time, the very first thing they see, after the external façade of course, is the entrance hall. Whether you're re-designing or starting from scratch, there are many important factors to consider.
Firstly, it should show off your personality. If you have a flair for floral arrangements or even a penchant for collecting art, you should put your best efforts on display! Wow your guests with your creative skills or fine eye for detail. Secondly, think about the size and presence of light. If it's a dark space, avoid adding too much furniture and a dark colour palette as this will only enclose the area more. Lastly, as it is the precursor to what is to come, think about how you want your guests to perceive you and your humble abode. Do you want to draw them in closer, or send them packing once they've made it past the door? Whatever your agenda is, we've got a wonderful selection of entrance and hallway design ideas on the homify platform to help you design the entrance of your dreams. Take a look…
A light filled entrance is the envy of most; and if you are blessed with such a feature, you should highlight it! In this contemporary setting, which has been masterfully executed by Residence Interior Design, the important feature is highlighted—the interesting shape and structure of the walls and stairs, with only the simple vase of flowers detracting from the view. Ethereal and airy, the space is bathed in natural light. In this sense, it is inviting and welcoming and the unusual composition before us makes us curious to see more.
Nowadays, it seems the size of apartments and homes are getting smaller and smaller as each year passes. This is especially so for those who live in cities or built-up urban areas. However, just because you lack in square metres and dimension doesn't mean you need to sacrifice on style. In fact, it encourages designers, homeowners and renter to be savvier with the space they do have! In this image from Pascoe Interiors, we see an example of how a small office area can be added to a stair landing or entrance space. By employing similar tones to those evidenced on the steps and walls, the desk ties in wonderfully with the rest of the scene. This is a great option for those tight on space with home office or study duties that need tending to.
Mirrors have appeared in hallways and entrances for centuries. Favoured by aristocracy, a mirrored surface was reserved at one point in time only for the very, very wealthy. Think of King Louis XIV as he strolled up and down the infamous Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. At the time its construction in 1678, mirrors were by far one of the most expensive items in existence. So while France starved, the Sun King had a total of 357 mirrors installed in his hallway. Moving on from that little history lesson, we come back to the 21st century and see that mirrors are still very much a valued part of our entrances. David Hales Interior Design has taken it one step further by incorporating a mirrored chest of drawers too. This is definitely a great example of how to give your guests a warm and elegant welcome!
As mentioned in the introduction, the entrance is a wonderful place to show off your personality and character. In this image by DHV Architects, we see many traits of the homeowners on display. A banjo, an antique chair and countless interesting pictures don the walls. Perhaps the occupants are well-travelled, or collectors of fine art? One will only know when drawn further inside, which you are definitely invited to do so. This example shows that only simple additions are needed to decorate a hallway to great effect. If you are not the type to invest in ornate furniture or highly decorative pieces, don't stress. You can still have an interesting and dynamic entrance way by simply showing off your interests and unique style.
If you are the type of person who is chronically running late, you may need a lounge or chair in your entrance as you make your guests wait! While that may be the case for some, you cannot deny how intimate and inviting this sweet vintage armchair looks in this hallway. Perhaps you need a place for guests to place their handbags and coats as a charming alternative to a coat rack? In this Westminster apartment by Lisette Voute Designs, you are greeted by a serene and calm setting and are definitely made to feel at home. This is a great alternative to a chest of drawers or desk if you don't feel it a necessary addition, or perhaps you have an antique chair that needs a place to be shown off!
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