If the old saying that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is true, then perhaps no area is as important in interior design than that of the entry-way. We believe the interior design of a home is the house’s soul and that the entry-way is the window to that soul; the first opportunity guests have to really experience the essence of your design and lifestyle.
This is the space that will set the tone for the entire house. Make it welcoming, but with appropriate scale and boldness. A console that is the right size for the entry-way with a compelling mirror above it invites the guests to the view themselves in this new environment and become part of the experience. Flanking the mirror with a pair of unique wall sconces adds depth and warm lighting to the scene and assures guests that every element of comfort has been addressed by the owner. To complete the console, supplement it with table books, smaller pieces of artwork or a live plant.
If you want to make a more dramatic statement for the entry, use bold colors on the walls. A powerful statement is made by a modest, yet sophisticated chandelier. If you have wood or dark tile floors in the entry it is always a good idea to bring in an area rug to better define the space. Make sure the rug is not too big so that it doesn’t overwhelm the space. You still want to be able to see the floor on all sides of the rug. This will make the entry feel like it is its own space and the rug will act as a classy yet subtle welcome mat for your guests.
If you don’t get much sunlight in the entry and the space is already dark, I would stay clear of dark furniture and paint. Try lighter woods or even a glass console. You don’t want your guests to feel like they are entering a cave. Accent the lighter console with some darker accessories.
Most importantly, have fun with the entry! Remember the entry sets the tone for the entire house. Do the rest of your home justice by ensuring that the first impression your guests have is a lasting and positive one!