When decorating your home, the first spot most visitors see is your entry or hallway. It can be a really tricky space especially if it’s not large.
This is the area where you can show your personality and introduce the world to you and your home; as soon as visitors enter the house they will start to get an impression of your style, your taste and you, depending on what they see.
The suprising thing is that the entry or hall is often treated as the poor relation, with just the minimum amount of money spent on its design and decoration. This is a shame on two fronts: one, because it will fail to make a good impression; two, because in relation to the rest of the house it is a fairly small area and so need not cost the earth to do well.
The walls in the entry or hall can be bold. The hall is a thoroughfare and therefore does not need to be a calm inviting space. I tend to recommend a paint colour one or two shades darker than the rest of the house. Some clients are happy to experiment with a different colour in this space and choose a strong decorator colour that is then carried through the remainder of the home in smaller items. Wallpaper is also a good option for the entry as it is not a big space to cover or redo.
Depending on the size of the hall or entry, you can include furniture pieces to set the theme. It is always handy to have a table near the front door to store keys, mail and items you want to take with you as you head out the door. Drawers are convenient to “hide” items or store bits and pieces. If your space has a power point, then include a lamp on the furniture piece. It will add a welcoming glow when coming home of an evening.
The walls can be decorated with bold artworks, a collection of photographs, or a large mirror.
Don’t forget to consider the different viewpoints in the entry. There may be many doors leading off the entry or hall and from each one there should be a pleasing view. If your entry or hall leads upstairs, do not ignore how the space looks from the top of the stairs as well.
And top it all off with a great light fitting.
I hope these images and ideas generated some inspiration for the entry to your home. You can find more inspirational images on my Pinterest board or if you would like some assistance with colour and decor for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.