By Sandra Nash | An entrance is the gateway to your home, where your lifestyle is expressed to family and guests. It’s the “face” of your space and speaks volumes both subconsciously and consciously to family, friends and your guests about your lifestyle. It sets the décor stage because it leads to the other rooms where you do live.
It is a well-used room that’s passed through several times a day … a constant thoroughfare if you will, that takes considerable wear and tear. Conversely, limited time is spent there, as people don’t “linger” or “live” in that space, so they won’t run the risk of growing bored of it quickly. At our design firm we encourage our clients to be daring and dramatic with their décor. After all, it is about making first impressions!
Entranceways are typically small, which make them an affordable way to create a sophisticated ambiance that invites all who enter to experience the rest of your home. Investing in a few good quality, signature pieces splurging on items that might otherwise be beyond the budget is a terrific decorating opportunity for our clients to leave their thumbprint and set the stage of their home.
Introducing signature pieces that reflect you and your family’s personality, such as a beautiful light fixture, bench, console, mirror, rug, or even a set of window coverings will go a long way to transform the entrance from an otherwise, utilitarian space.
The light fixture will draw attention up while adding illumination and an extra dimension to the space. The bench is practical because it can be used to change footwear, while the rug is a great way to introduce texture and pattern (I call it floor art) while camouflaging any dirt that may be trailed in.
- Lively bursts of colour create a welcoming atmosphere and have the power to make some things seem to advance and others appear to recede.
- Adding reflective surfaces double the light and gives illusions of space.
- Make sure the mirrors are reflecting something you want to duplicate.
- Add a pair of tall matching lamps on a console table for a cozy ambiance.
- Use an interesting piece of furniture with storage for gloves, scarves, sunglasses.
- The flooring needs to cope with heavy traffic, so use a large rug or doormat.
- Coloured or patterned rugs are stylish ways to camouflage trailed in dirt.
When our clients have limited floor space we use furnishings that hug the wall, rather than encroach into valuable walking space. In some cases we opt for décor on the walls instead of the floor. Vertical wall space is excellent for decorative mirrors, artwork and lighting sconces. Mirrors along one wall widen the space and bring an astonishing amount of extra light into small entrance, not to mention are important to double check your appearance as you exit.
Your home is your sanctuary, where you should feel happy and uplifted. So take some liberties and be playful with your décor, so that when you walk through the door you’re reminded.