Designing an entryway to a residence can define the style of an entire space. No longer just an area where footwear is put on, entryways can be bold, colorful, unique and have personality. Most commercial designers for hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, etc recognize how critical the “street” appeal is of an atrium or entrance, yet it is sometimes an afterthought in residential design. Because it is the first space guests usually see, having an entryway functioning solely as storage usually feels cluttered, unstylish and too casual. Walking into a house and seeing shoes, clothes hanging and/or open storage units can detract from design elements.
If it is feasible having a clean, open feeling entryway with one or two items such as a floating console, art, a pendant light, chandelier, bench, mirror or side table in combination with an accent color is usually sufficient. Finding the right items which are to scale can be tricky, as often entryways are not defined spaces, and if they are the size can vary. Though it’s always better to keep the clothes and shoes where they belong, in the closet!
The first example illustrates an elegant balance of color, warmth, texture, harmony and personality in a relatively small, not so easily defined space. This entryway incorporates glass, upholstery, a throw rug, wood, textiles and even a plant, yet doesn’t feel cluttered. The second entryway pictured does an effective job incorporating artwork and sculpture in conjunction with the functionality of the console table. The third space is a unique combination of color, texture and organic materials. It immediately introduces the guest to the style of the residence. And in the last image, sometimes less is more. The captain’s mirror by BDDW is the perfect round accessory to balance a space with rectangular or square shapes. For more mirrors I love, click here.