The entrance way is the first impression of your home’s interior. It’s a place you and your family get pretty acquainted with. It’s where you drop your keys, coat and backpack, so it makes sense that this tiny space be designed to accommodate your needs.
Now, everyone’s entrance way is different. Some people may have a small 1×1 square and others have a space large enough to swing a cat. Regardless there are solutions that can suit any size, and it’s worth it. Renovating your entrance way is one of the most noticeable changes you can make and is going to set the mood for the rest of your house.
Consider both the flow from outside and in, after all, an entranceway is a two-way street. Leading from outside you want to think about the exterior style of your property and the landscaping and create an entrance that is complimentary. Otherwise, the transition can be quite jarring.
Going further into the house, it’s as equally important that a transition occurs. Think about creating a subtle colour change, using a piece of furniture, or as displayed in this entrance from Eclectic Creative, creating separation with custom joinery and greenery.
Entryway by Eclectic Creative.
The all-important point of practicality. No matter how pretty your entranceway looks, there should always be a place for keys, coats, umbrellas, mail, or any other items you want to keep here.
If you’re dealing with a small space then installing a hook shelf or half a dozen individual pegs is a great solution. Not only do they look great, but they instantly add functionality and a bit of personality without taking up too much space.
Featured Image: Lifespace Hooks
The function of an entrance is not only about storage, but heating and cooling too. When renovating your entryway think about an airlock. It may sound like a foreign word, but you’d be very familiar with them. You pass one every time you enter a shopping centre or hotel lobby. Essentially what they do is create a buffer between the front door and the main house to block the wind and improve energy efficiency.
An example of airlock design is the home of interior designer Alanna Smit.
So whether you’re planning to change everything or just a few key pieces, always, always, always start with the functionality and flow of your space. Once you’ve taken care of that, you’ll have a beautiful space you’ll love coming home to.