Entrancing Entrances, Heavenly Hallways and Fascinating Foyers

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When you enter a home for the first time, your initial impression will most likely stick with you throughout your entire visit, and maybe even remain for all subsequent visits thereafter.  At once you'll notice the interior decor, consider the style of furnishings, chosen accent items, displayed artwork, and other pieces presented by its owner.  If we consider first impressions important, it only makes sense that we would extend this awareness to our own homes.

 

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An entryway and foyer can be easily discounted when designing a home, as it is generally passed through quickly without much thought during the day.  However, if given the chance, this area can offer a wonderful and meaningful purpose within the home.  It is not only what guests will first see as they enter the house, but also where the homeowners will return to from a day of facing the bustling world outside.  Why not make each return an immediately inviting one? Knowing a comforting environment awaits you behind the front door can make even the long days long forgotten.




Depending on your preferences, you can keep things as simple or detailed as you wish, but one thing to bear in mind, is that the entrance or foyer area will be what you'll encounter first in your home.  A lovely occasional chair and console may be all you need in your entryway.  You may also choose to add a few lamps and an accent mirror to brighten the space.  As you'll be walking through the entrance more regularly than most other areas of the home, ensure you'll have sufficient space for foot traffic, and designate places for items you'll be leaving near the entrance.  For example, if you live in an area with fickle weather patterns, you may wish to keep a coat and umbrella rack near the door.  By designating storage areas based on your lifestyle, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the convenience this space offers.
 

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A hallway is another area of the home that is often bypassed.  But these less lived-in areas, if viewed from the perspective of a visitor, can be seen as significant passageways that express just as much beauty and purpose as any other area in the home.
 

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Limited space doesn’t necessarily mean a limit on design.  It’s true that hallways may only allow for smaller furniture and minimal d├ęcor, which should be selected carefully.  You'll also need to allow enough area for walk-through space.  However, don’t let these limitations detract you from creating a meaningful area.  Utilize the space for a symmetric and dramatic passage, or to connect one room to another in a way that is also visually arresting.

 

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The hallway above is a stunning example of combining graceful decor with efficient design.  Notice that lighting is flush with the ceiling which creates a clean, airy appearance and brilliantly highlights the focus below: a charmingly miniature lily pond.  The self-contained pond sets a tranquil feeling that inspires the rest of the space.  This delightful hallway is further enhanced by lit modern pedestals each carrying a small, yet elegant flower arrangement.  I challenge anyone who would consider this “just a hallway”.  It’s truly a wonder to behold.