How do you come with the perfect design for the entrance to your property? First, identify the feel that you would like to create for the rest of the house. Do this by working on two separate elements: the doorway and the entry foyer.
You can always combine design and drama in any type of entry, whether it is a huge verandah of a bungalow, a contemporary portico or a single step tread.
Here are a few things you can consider for the doorway:
- Create a profile for the door
- Colour and finish for the door (Is it Mat or is gloss?)
- Handles, hinges, knockers and other door hardware
- If you don’t have an existing door to work with, try playing with scale by anodising a huge door for effect and anticipation.
Once you’re through the doorway, the next space should be as impressive as the other parts of the house. The design of the entry will largely depend on the amount of space and your lifestyle needs.
Here are helpful decorating tips for the entry:
- Use built-in closets to store coats, boots and bags. If this is not an option, find a suitable and practical piece of furniture (a vintage robe or a trendy ottoman with storage underneath) that can serve this purpose or can be modified for this purpose.
- Flood your entry with light. A table lamp or pendent lighting will provide light to help you when tying your shoes or checking out your makeup before going out. Install separate switches and dimmers for the lights in the entryway. This way you can dim the lights to set the perfect mood and a welcoming ambiance when entertaining.
- Bring life to your entry hall by putting in rugs. The rug of your choice should have a heavy texture or a detailed pattern to lessen the impact of traffic and daily dust and dirt.
- Just alike any room in the house, your entry deserves to have flowers, art and candles. A side table can greatly benefit from a vignetter. All these items would bring life and colour to your entry.