Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Entrance areas are often an overlooked space in the home. Find out how to make this space functional in addition to welcoming you and your guests home.

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ARTICLE Stephanie Matheson COMPILED BY Valentene Lematua

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Main image: Make over your hallway and go country with your home interior. Linen cushions and throws add a modern touch.

Unlock the door to a fun and functional foyer. Wooden furniture and stone tiles add rustic charm while keeping the area low maintenance.
From bench seats and floor coverings through to picture frames and cushions, natural materials add a bit of country charm to your home. Inspired by farmhouse living, a mudroom area can provide a space for putting on, taking off and storing shoes. Choose practical accessories such as a framed mirror, which reflects light and makes small rooms appear larger.

Main image: Experience la dolce vita with this minimalist console table and its elegant Venetian style.

Bring the glam factor to your entrance area with a timeless ensemble in black and white. Plush carpets or rugs add extra elegance.
First impressions count and nothing sets the scene better than the classic black and white look. It won’t date and you can easily inject a pop of colour by adding a thoughtful accessory in a favourite hue. Arranging fresh flowers is another great way of changing the look and feel of your foyer from time to time. Glass and silver decorations are an excellent choice that will top it all off.

Main image: A console table and an arrangement of artwork inject fun and colour into this entrance hall.

Turn your entrance area into a mini gallery. Your curated collection will turn your home into a piece of art in its own right.
Whether you want to display canvas art, paintings, prints or photos, utilise the wall space in your entrance area to show off your masterpieces. A collection of several small pieces works really well in this area, especially if arranged in combination with pieces of furniture such as a console table. Go for a symmetric arrangement as pictured here, or opt for an irresistibly irregular look.

Main image: UK-based paint company Farrow & Ball used Cornforth White No 228 on the floor and woodwork.

Come home to a light and bright hallway. White walls and floors are the perfect backdrop for patterned accessories.  
For a fresh look, apply a crisp and clean white wall colour and supplement this with colourful runners, rugs and other decorative items. A hallway or landing is the ideal place to show off a reupholstered heirloom armchair. Busy fabrics with patterns and stripes in bold colours are popular this autumn. They look the part and create a modern yet cosy atmosphere. Welcome home!
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This article by Stephanie Matheson featured on page 018 in Issue 010 of Renovate Magazine. Renovate Magazine is an easy to use resource providing fresh inspiration and motivation at every turn of the page.

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