I dream of opening up my front door and entering into a calm, still, organised space. But in our family school bags, handbags, keys, mail, hats & water bottles all get unceremoniously dropped inside the front door and on the hall table.
As we head toward the Winter season, life tends to get a bit more social at home. Entertaining indoors rather than going out tends to become the preferred option during the cooler months. As such, it's important to create a warm and welcoming entrance for guests.
Of course, everyone does it differently – as I mentioned earlier we tend to enter and drop. If you’re the same, having somewhere for everything to go is super important. Perhaps you’ve already trained your family well and everything gets put away immediately - leaving your entrance space free to make a style statement? If so, lucky you!
Either way it's great to get some tips from the experts. We reached out to four of our gorgeous retailers for some ideas and inspiration on how to create a stylish entrance for the home, no matter what your look.
Tips for Styling an Entrance
Alex, Claire, Georgia & Sharon all had similar advice when it comes to styling your entrance space:
• Keep it uncluttered
• Choose a piece of art & just a couple of things that you love to set the tone in the entrance for the rest of your home
• Fresh flowers or plants are great for bringing life and freshness to a space
• Be practical and include things that will work for your family as you come and go
We hope you enjoy looking through the style shoots, and thinking about what would work best in your home.
Styling Tips for your Hallway
‘This is the perfect hallway for a busy home” says Alex, from Furniture Gallery Richmond, “ The coat rack is a really flexible piece – it offers hanging space, shelves for display and a spot for putting things down when you first come in the door.”
Alex then completed the space with a simple Goldie Bench Seat, perfect for popping your hand bag down or an easy spot for putting on shoes. The plants bring life to the space and the colours in the artwork tie everything together to create a simple yet stylish entry to any home.
Summer Scandi from Luumo Designs
Shot in Bondi on a hot Spring day, this entrance is simple, understated and casually elegant. The hero piece is a console from GlobeWest – a very stylish and no fuss piece. Claire combined it with a piece of art by Dan Isaac Wallin that gives that feeling of stillness, a vase of fresh flowers, and small decorative bowl perfect for popping your keys in. One of Claire’s favourite pieces is the Menu concrete lamp and this looks great on the console table.
Georgia from Seek & Style combines practicality with style in her entrance vignette. Using neutral tones and natural materials, she created a Scandinavian inspired entrance that is warm, simple & so very practical. “I was aiming for understated elegance.” Says Georgia.
Georgia chose lots of used natural materials - the wooden bench, seagrass basket, & oak hooks. "In my ideal world I’d always have flowers to keep the entrance fresh, but a lot of people won't have fresh flowers everyday so you could replace these with an inside plant and keep flowers for special occasions/guests.” Georgia suggests.
‘The ideal entrance to any home will slow down the flow of energy for just a moment to create a welcoming pause’ says Sharon from Zohi Interiors. A hall table or console is both a functional and aesthetically pleasing way to provide a space to rest keys or mail and to arrange a few items of interest.
Zohi are well known for their beautiful handcrafted bone inlay consoles, and Sharon has used one in creating this stylish entrance hall. The drawer space should mean no clutter(!) as well as and a place for flowers or greenery which are always lovely to come home to. “A few favourite trinkets or decor accessories will help put together a small story of you and a mirror can be both practical and beautiful way to complete a look. “ suggests Sharon.
Practical Tips for Styling your Hallway
Keep it Clear: Claire from Luumo Design recommends "Keep the hallway light, bright and de-cluttered, as it's the first room people often see, so make it inviting and avoid any trip hazzards if you have kids running through the hallways."
Make it Personal: Your home is a reflection of you, and ‘An entrance should showcase your personal style and what they can expect for the rest of the home.’ Says Georgia from Seek & Style. Art is a great way to bring your personal style into the entrance of your home, without impinging on the space and thoroughfare.
Add some Freshness & Life to the Space: Including an indoor plant or some fresh flowers is a must in all of those gorgeous entrance spaces. As Alex from Furniture Gallery says, ‘make sure you add an indoor plant for green and life in the space’.
Everything is its place: While a beautifully styled space is wonderful, your hallway is literally the transit zone of your home, where people are coming and going, so it needs to be practical as well as gorgeous. Including hooks, baskets and a bowl for keys are all good ways to include some practical storage next to your front door.
If you are like our family, and dump as you come in the front door – mail, keys, handbags, scarves etc, you’ve got to beware of clutter. Georgia from Seek & Style suggests: “I went for a bench seat over a console as I didn't want the entryway looking cluttered. If I had the console I would be inclined to chuck everything from keys, to mail there and I didn't want that to be the first thing people see when they walk in. However, if you like leaving things at the door, the bench seat can still accommodate a small bowl for keys.”
These hallways all look so good I’m inspired to try and re-train our family so that we too can have a gorgeous looking, calm entrance space.
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