The entryway into your home should be welcoming and introduce your visitors to the design and atmosphere of your home.
And even though there are countless interior design styles to choose from today, there are some basic principles that you can follow for any décor to create the perfect grand entrance.
1. Size Doesn’t Matter
Small, medium and large - entryways come in all sizes, and it is important to put together the proper space plan and interior design, no matter what size yours might be. If you have a small entryway, and you can’t adjust the dimensions you can still create a grand entrance for your guests and family.
To start you want to give the illusion of space, where there is none. You can do this by making your wall seem taller. Two ways to do this, is by keeping your ceiling’s light, or installing horizontally striped wallpaper. Both will help create the illusion that the room is taller.
Mirrors can work wonders, especially in small entryways. In large entryways, they tend to be more aesthetic then functional. If you have a small, or narrow galley entryway install 1 large mirror on one or both of your longest walls. This will give the illusion of a larger space, especially if one of them reflects into a larger space, such as an adjacent kitchen or living room.
If you have a large entryway you want to make sure people don’t get lost in your space. You can do this by adding furniture pieces so the room doesn’t appear so wide open. Or define your spaces with plants, or accent rugs.
Install your wood flooring in the direction you want people to travel, and always use wide planks wood flooring over 6-8" wide. No matter what size entryway you have, the wider boards will match a narrow or small entryway seem larger or match the scale of a large entryway.
Lighting is an important consideration for your entryway.
You want the space to be safe for travel, to set the right mood. If your space is small or you are lacking light, add a transom window above your doors or install doors with inset glass, or an adjacent vertical window. You can also add skylights to the ceiling. Or there are companies, like Skyfactory, that create faux skylights if adding one is not in the plans. Install accent lighting versus having bright, stadium style lighting, to calm the room.
According to Real Simple magazine, hanging lights should be 6’ 8” from the floor, for the best aesthetic and function. The lighting design seen here also creates an interesting pattern of light to break up the modern open space.
When choosing a color for your entryway the size of your room can have a big impact on your selection. According to the blog retrorenovation.com color selections can make a room seem larger or smaller.
For small spaces opt for cooler colors, like blue, purple and green. If you have a large entryway and you want to make the space feel a bit more cozy, opt for warm colors like yellow, orange and red. Neutral colors like shades of white, brown and Gray are versatile backdrops for any size entryway, but may not impact the illusion of space.
According the theory of Color Psychology, the colors you choose will also excite or calm the senses. This can have a big impact on your guests when they arrive at your home. Red, for example can make people feel excited (and hungry). Blue can be calming but make people feel cool. Yellow can make the room more cheerful while Green helps one relax.
The colors you choose for your room may also impact your furniture selection. For example, for small entryways, House Beautiful recommends matching the color of your furniture with the wall color, this makes the funirture dissapear into the room making the room seem larger.
3. Direct Traffic
The entrway is just a stopping point into the rest of your home. You want people to feel welcome but also move on once they enter. Whether you have a small or large entryway, you can use your design elements to direct traffic where your want your family and guests to go.
If you are using hardwood flooring, and your entry is your room is narrower than it is wider, install the flooring so the lengths of the planks run with the direction of the hall. If you have a very narrow entryway make you sure you use boards at least 6-8” wide so your floor doesn’t look like a series of toothpicks. If your entry is larger, and square, then the direction of the planks will depend on where you want to direct traffic, from the entryway.
If you are installing oversized tile the direction you install it will depend on the dimensions of the room. It doesn't matter which direction you install square tiles. You may also want to install your tile in a pattern with the same flooring you will use elsewhere in the home. This creates a very interesting design aesthetic, and better integrates your entryway with the design of the rest of the home.
4. Keep it Organized
Keeping your entryway organized can be challenging no matter size room you have. In large rooms you have the space to be organized but you may not have an effective plan. In small spaces, you want to be organized, but don’t have the room.
Here are a few ways tips that will allow for better organization:
- Create zones
- Use a heavy duty accent rug to section off the entryway or walkway
- Use furniture that will pull double duty
- Create hidden storage
- Make use of Vertical Space
Also consider your furniture placement. If you have a large space, don’t limit furniture to perimeter walls. You can allow pieces to float in the room to collect wallets, keys or just to add a vase of flowers. This allows for closets, armoires, coat racks or other organization pieces around the perimeter. If you have a small space, you’ll do just the opposite, and keep most of your organizational pieces around the perimeter.
Lastly, in order to be organized, you need to keep things neat. Consider putting a small waste paper basket in the room to collect garbage, or set up a mail station so you can sift through it and sort out recycling right away. This small step can help you keep the rest of your home clutter free too.