Just pass­ing through

With a lit­tle plan­ning your en­try­way just might be­come the hard­est work­ing room in the house, writes Chelsea Clark

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Your home’s main en­try — whether it’s the he front, side or back door — is your wel­come mat and sets the tone for vis­i­tors.

But all too of­ten we barely give it a second thought past some­where to dump your bag and the house keys.

Your home’s en­try, though, can eas­ily be trans­formed into a func­tional and beau­ti­ful space that can help you tran­si­tion into ‘home mode’ at the end of a long day.

“You want your en­try­way to give you a warm wel­come, so that when you step into the house af­ter a tough day, you are in­stantly calmed and filled with a sense of com­fort,” says Jes­sica Bellef, head of styling at re­tailer Tem­ple and Web­ster.

“It’s a lit­tle de­com­pres­sion area where the yuck­i­ness of the day melts away.”

We asked the ex­perts for ad­vice for transforming this small but im­por­tant space.

Do a run­ner

If your en­try opens to a hall­way, a run­ner is a great way to add colour to the space as well as defin­ing your en­try zone.

Car­pet run­ners are avail­able in vary­ing lengths and widths or they can be cus­tom­made to suit your space.

The width of car­pet run­ners gen­er­ally range be­tween 60-90cm, so in most hall­ways that will leave the floor vis­i­ble to ei­ther side.

Nat­u­ral fi­bres, such as sisal, cot­ton and wool, will prove most long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als but syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als are also durable and easy to look af­ter.

The green light

Some green­ery in your en­try will bring the space to life with min­i­mal ef­fort. “Not only do in­door plants make a space feel alive, they also add great tex­ture, shape and colour to a room,” ex­plains Gisele Zanier, founder of Be­yond Sun­flow­ers. Gisele says you could even theme your plants de­pend­ing on the sea­son. “Adding a dwarf pine tree dur­ing De­cem­ber will make your home look and s smell like Christ­mas,” she says.say If space is an is­sue, Gis Gisele sug­gests us­ing th the walls and ceil­ing b by hang­ing bas­kets of fo­liage or even a com­pact green wall for a dra­matic state­ment. “Some plants that l look fan­tas­tic in the e en­try­way are rub­ber tre tree, mother-in-law’s tongue,ton fid­dle leaf fig and p peace lily,” she says.

“Re­gard­less of y your avail­able di­men­sions, your en­try­way should fea­ture an an­chor piece to mark the space,” says Jes­sica.

“If space per­mits, a con­sole or side ta­ble will give you sur­face area to cor­ral keys and sun­glasses, and dis­play a lamp and a vase of pretty flow­ers.” Get­ting the light­ing right is also key. “If you want to cre­ate a soft and wel­com­ing feel for you and your guests, warm white globes at 3000k are your best bet and ex­tremely easy on the eye too,” says Grant Price, di­rec­tor of Oz Liv­ing Elec­tri­cal.

“While pen­dant light­ing seems to be most pop­u­lar in the kitchen, you can use it your hall­way too.”

Get arty Ta­ble mman­ners

A sim­ple art­work can in­stantly add colour to an oth­er­wise bland space so go bold with a colour­ful print to bring life to your en­try.

“For those work­ing with a nar­row space, an art­work or mir­ror will help make a state­ment with­out tak­ing up floor space, as would a fea­ture pen­dant light,” says Jes­sica.

Hall run­ners and a care­fully hung group of frames breathe life into an oth­er­wise pedes­trian hall­way by in­te­rior de­signer Karen Ak­ers.

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