Hello, welcome, come in! This is what the entrance to your home says to visitors as you open the door.
First impressions are always the most important, so it pays to think about how your home appears to guests as they first step into it. On the outside, a doormat, plants in handsome pots and good lighting will do the trick. Inside, you have far more freedom—and the opportunity to make a statement about your home and the people who live there. The important thing to remember is that this is a hightraffic area, so ensure your flooring can handle all the feet that will be traipsing in and out daily. If space allows, a console or even a small side table is a valuable addition to your home’s entrance. This is an ideal spot for a vase of flowers, a favourite artwork or a decorative bowl into which you can drop your keys. Consider a coat stand or hooks (there are so many great-looking hooks on the market now) if you have lots of coats and schoolbags that need to be stowed somewhere accessible. The flooring you choose for the entrance of your home will in many cases be the same as what you run through to the living areas of your home. If your front door opens into a hallway, long, wide timber flooring may be top of your wishlist, but if your budget is limited consider bamboo, laminates and luxury vinyl planks. They are a timeless choice. A generous foyer can benefit greatly from being tiled. A natural stone or stone-look large format tile won’t date but if you want to stamp a little personality onto your home consider laying boldly patterned tiles in that space. Moroccan-style decorative tiles would look fabulous, as would simple rectangular tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. The choices are limitless. Carpet makes for the warmest welcome. It invites your visitors to kick off their shoes and feel right at home. Whether you opt for wool, synthetic or a blend, ensure your carpet can stand up to foot traffic, won’t stain when muddy boots plod in the door and, if you have glass panels by your front door, that it won’t fade in the sun. Rugs are a wonderful addition to an entrance; they inject instant comfort, colour and texture. A rug has the power to enliven the space immensely. Have fun with colour and pattern but ensure you choose a rug that fills out the bulk of the available floor area; anything smaller will look out of scale. If your door opens into a hallway what could be more welcoming than a long runner that extends to your living zone?