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Welcome! Entrance design inspiration

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Unfortunately, in this day and age, first impressions count for quite a bit. Whether it's for a job interview, shop front or, in this case, your home, the opinions begin to form as soon as the door is opened. Your front entrance is, of course, the first thing your guests see. From this moment, do they feel as though your property is inviting, cold, or even untidy? For some, the entrance is the main structural axis of the dwelling; opening up to rooms on either side, and finishing at the living room. This T-shape configuration, is a classic style of home design and has been used for hundreds of years.

If you are battling with a lacklustre and mediocre entrance, and worry that this pivotal space ruins what remains to be seen, never fear! Our homify experts, as always, are here to provide you with inspiration to turn those first moments from ordinary to wow!

Art deco revisited

Entrance Hall :  Corridor & hallway by Studio Hooton
Studio Hooton

Entrance Hall

Studio Hooton

It's great to see that art deco is well and truly alive in the 21st century. As discussed in earlier articles, the art deco period was synonymous with ornamentation and decoration in design, architecture and furniture. As you can see from this image, this is a wonderful, modern interpretation of a beautiful period in design history. From the floating chandelier, to the star burst mirror, this is a picture perfect example of how to create a usable and inviting entrance hall.

Outside the box

Entrance hall with top-light:  Corridor & hallway by 4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers

For those who snub the classic entrance, why not opt for something a little left of field? This eclectic, quasi beach themed fit out is perfect for those who like something a little less structured and rigid. Here, you can see holiday memorabilia has been cleverly displayed, as well as other charming trinkets and accessories. If you like to let your experiences and personality shine though, this is a great example of how you can allow your guests to get to know a little about you, before you've even said a word. 

Modern marvels

For the lovers of mid-century modernism, this is a great example for you. With the walls clad beautifully in timber, and the floor covering an ornate set of tiles, no detail has been spared in this scene. The focal point, of course, is the delicate and elegant floating staircase which transcends the upper and lower floors. Have your guests sit and wait on the sofa to the far right, or, allow them to linger in front of your collection of books, trinkets and trophies while they wait for you. 

Plush living

Wow! What a palatial entrance into a home. Your guests will be greeted with a luxurious entrance, that beckons you further into the house. Maximising on plush materials, every aspect of this space has been considered. From the wallpaper, to the marble tiles, the designers behind this home have truly considered the value of first impressions.

Spiritual notes

A bit of Feng-Shui never hurt anyone, in fact, some people swear by it entirely. Since the entrance opens into the heart of the home, it is pivotal that the energy transmitted both in and out the front door is positive, as there is where you achieve Chi, or nourishing energy. Greenery, and in this case, sculpture, is considered an excellent purveyor of Chi. On top of this, keeping the colour palette muted is also another important factor to maintain calm and serenity in the home. 

Mirror, mirror

Craven Hill Gardens,  Apartment:  Corridor & hallway by Eliska Design Associates Ltd.
Eliska Design Associates Ltd.

Craven Hill Gardens, Apartment

Eliska Design Associates Ltd.

The mirror—a classic, timeless and elegant addition to a front entrance. Aside from being extremely aesthetically pleasing, a mirror helps to make the space appear larger and refract light onto other surfaces. Entrance hallways can typically be dark, so, adding a mirror is a great way to ensure you make the most of your available space. On top of this, mirrors are an affordable decorative option. From budget through to high-end, you should be able to find a mirror to suit your pocket and style.

What do you look for when you see an entrance space for the first time? Comment, and let us know below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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