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