You know what they say about the power of first impressions? Well, it's also true for interior design. A wonderful entry can set a tone for what lies beyond. And I love placing extra special attention to this very important space. And prepare yourself for the lovely comments, because virtually everyone loves a fabulous entry hall.
Another thing I love about entries is that they are as infinitely functional as they are gorgeous. If designed right, you'll not only impress your guests....but you'll also never wonder where your keys or cell phone are again! An inspired entry can be the perfect catch-all room while it's looking perfectly splendid in the process. And function is key, because rooms are made to be lived in, not just looked at. A lovely bowl on an exquisite console table can double as both Objet Petit a and hiding place for all those often-missing treasures. Hello beloved iPhone....there you are!
As you know, I love a mix of elements, and an entry is a perfect blank canvas for a smashing collection of them. The floor, the ceiling, the lighting, the sconces, iron mixed with wood, stone mixed with plaster, etc. Oh my, I get excited just thinking about all the possibilities. And for whatever reason, I don't get "writer's block" either. The thrill of what just might be possible still keeps me in utter joy from start to finish in my design work.
OK, if you follow this Blog you know me by now. And you know that I don't mind injecting a splash of color now and then. If it brings a smile to the face of the entrant (including you and your family), then it's serving just the right purpose. And if you like a splash of color here and there, an entrance hall can be a nice place for it. And a little WOW FACTOR never hurt anyone!
Now in the not-too-distant past, entries were generally all about simple square or round spaces. Not anymore. If you want a fireplace in your entry, then you should have one. If you want a sweeping view from fab front door to picturesque pool in your entry, then you should have that as well. The more it resembles your design dreams, the better.
In conclusion, another thing I insist upon when designing an entry is that it simply must provide an "ahhh" moment for all who pass through it. After all, it's often the first place you say hello to a beloved family member coming home, and the last place you say "I love you" on your way out. So it simply must be special. And speaking of that, remember to also say "I love you" this weekend for Mother's Day. And trust me, as a Mom myself, it simply will always be life's single best Objet Petit a.
Laura Lee Clark