From Mansion To Cottage - Creating An Inviting Entrance Hall

Whether you live in a small cottage, apartment or a grand mansion, your entrance/hallway creates the first impact. When you open your door to a visitor, what greets them apart from your charming smile, should be a charming entrance way, a glimpse of your personal style and your homes interior.

Think of the entrance to a 5* hotel, how welcoming it feels. You may be greeted by an antique or contemporary piece of furniture, possibly a circular table with a vase of fresh blooms. Statement art and a large mirror may be adjacent, and nearby a pair of matching chairs and side table may entice you to rest your weary legs. You look around and think, what a lovely entrance, I am going to enjoy my stay here. This first impression sets the tone for your stay.

Above: The elegant entrance to the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The entrance to your home, whether small or grand, should also be a reflection of your style. Even the smallest of hallways can usually fit a single chair or small console. If you do not have floor space, you could use artwork on the walls. Black and white photography can look fabulous and need not cost a lot of money, especially if you take the photos yourself. Creating a welcoming entrance can cost as little or as much as you want. 

 Above: 'Draw the eye' - A long rug and symmetrically placed furniture either side, lead the eye towards the the end of the hallway where a simple, over sized pear makes a statement. The vases of yellow flowers mimic the colours of the painting. Personally, I would enhance the chairs with two cushions reflecting the green and yellow of the pear, this would help to balance the hallway. However, in saying this, too much yellow and green could detract from the 'show-piece' itself.

 Above: Again, symmetry with carefully placed chairs, draws your eye from the entrance to beyond.

 Above: Black and white art works well in an entrance and helps lead the eye further down a narrow space.

 Above: Even the smallest of entrances can become inviting - These entrances have a cottage appeal to them and reflect the personal style of their owners.

Above: A regal entrance, simple but elegant and showcases the owner's love of antiques. The soft silver grey pattern and tone of the rug work wonderfully with the intricate detail of the carved table and the grain of its marble top.  

Above: A Contemporary statement with large artwork, and a simple vignette using three items

Above: These silver balls make a stunning impact in this grand entry. This large space could allow a larger table. A small sofa, such as the one below, could be placed against the stairs, however, the owners have chosen a minimalist look for this entry.

Above: Munroe Sofa from Chair Obsession. If you have the space, a beautiful piece for an entranceway.

Above: Traditional furniture and accessories greet visitors to this home. A welcoming and relaxed hallway.

Above: A simple vignette of three items of contrasting texture, work in harmony on a circular ebony table, reflecting an Asian influence. Circular, pedestal tables add a touch of formality.

Above: The orange, upholstered chairs add a pop of colour to the neutral surroundings. A mix of textures and  interesting items that reflect the owner's love of travel.

Above: A small entrance, however the large floral artwork creates the 'wow' factor as you enter through the door.

Above: A relaxed, country look  is given a twist with the addition of a contemporary chair. The dark wooden armoire makes a statement beside the staircase. The mirror balances the darker tones in this entrance.

As you can see, there are many ways to create an impact in an entrance, from simple to stunning. Don't limit yourself by thinking I don't have much space, play around with different pieces until you achieve the look your after. Sometimes thinking 'out of the box' can work wonders and if you have limited floor space you could use a floating shelf... And, above all, keep it simple.

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