Home design – or, indeed, home renovation – should cover the house to the nth degree. For many people, the prioritised rooms include the living room, the kitchen, and the bedrooms – but in the madness of it all, they forget the most important room of them all. The entryway.
The entryway is the first part of the house anyone sees when they walk through the door, so it should wow just as much – if not more so – than every other room you have updated. This can be done in five simple steps:
Set The Tone
The entryway is the first room on the way into your own personal gallery, and like any piece of art, it should make an impact. Don’t hold back with this space. It is there to sucker punch your personality and design taste, making sure people know exactly what they’re in for whenever they enter the home. Try to mix and match elements of all the other rooms, as if it was a sort of precursor, and have fun with making the space pop.
Colours Can Be Bolder
In terms of the wall finishes, look back at your renovation plans and try to pick out a colour that you avoided elsewhere in your home renovation. For instance, if there was a bold colour that was a little too much for the lounge, see if it would work in the entryway. The reason you can do this is that the entryway can be beautiful, but it can also be brief, as people usually pass through it in a small amount of time to get to one of the main living rooms. So go for a bold colour, wallpaper, or lacquer, and give it its moment to shine.
Good Evening, May I Take Your Coat?
The seven words we long to hear whenever we walk into a hotel. Sadly, the phrase is usually reserved for five-star accommodations, but your home is a five-star accommodation, so take inspiration from it. Try to make your entryway as luxurious as possible. It is supposed to welcome people in, so include a coat rack, a table with silver candlesticks emitting a warm orange glow, and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, perhaps. Try to make it as luxurious as you can, and make sure the welcome is always warm and professional.
Be Prepared For All Weather Types
Remember, this is the first space that people will walk into from the outside world, so the entryway has to be prepared for what’s coming in. This includes rain, mud, snow, ice, and all other weather types you can think of. You need to avoid these things breaching your home, so include both an outdoor and indoor rug for people to wipe their feet with. Keep an umbrella stand handy, so the wet doesn’t drain onto the floor, and include a storage basket for wet hats and gloves.
For Heaven’s Sake, Include A Seat!
Apologies for the abrupt pointer, but it’s true. The amount of entryways that don’t include a seat is far too high, which is silly, as they provide a very practical purpose. How many times have you hopped around on one foot trying to slide that left boot on? You end up sitting on the bottom step of the stairs to finish the job, but a nice, comfortable seat should always be there to help you out. Not to mention, they look good in an entryway, and if you’ve gone to the effort of making your entryway beautiful, you want a space for people to sit and take it all in. It is a work of art, after all!