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Up the wow factor of your entrance space

Up the wow factor of your entrance space

<p><strong>A striking entrance space in your home sets the tone not just for visitors, but for the family too, on a daily basis. Here&rsquo;s how to make yours stand out.</strong></p> <p>First impressions do count, and a striking entrance space in your home sets the tone not just for visitors, but for the family too, on a daily basis. An area that is often overlooked, there are many relatively easy ways to create a striking effect here.</p> <p><strong>A feature</strong></p> <p>Choose one statement item or set of items &ndash; a mirror, a cluster of artwork, a coloured wall, a striking wallpaper, a beautiful piece of furniture, an oversize vase of flowers, and use this as the start of your d&eacute;cor. From there work the area factoring in the must haves and practicalities (storage, light, a good floor) along with the niceties (art, a bowl of flowers, scented candles).</p> <p><strong>Colour</strong></p> <p>A touch of colour, however small, can make a standout impression in any space. Even if you prefer a neutral palette, a feature wall in a dark grey or a vase or mirror frame in a bold hue can make all the difference. If you have a piece of conventional furniture in your entrance area (a sideboard, drawers or coat rack perhaps) consider painting it in a bold modern colour &ndash; as well as being striking it can subtract some of the normalness of the piece.</p> <p><strong>Flooring</strong></p> <p>A major consideration in an entrance area, choose a floor which can be cleaned easily (especially if you have children or pets) and won&rsquo;t show up dirt. A good floor mat outside the door helps protect floors from dirt and scratches, and you don&rsquo;t need to be bound by convention &ndash; lose the little rectangular door mat and choose a big sisal one, or a Turkish carpet. A traditional tiled patterned floor can make a spectacular entrance too.</p> <p><strong>Lighting</strong></p> <p>Often overlooked in an entry hall, lighting offers a chance to make a grand statement and play with mood. Whether you choose a traditional chandelier or a modern wall-mounted fitting, this is an area where interesting lighting effects can generally be created. If you&rsquo;re suspending a pendant or chandelier, hang it so that the bottom is just over 2m above the floor. If you hang it much higher, you&rsquo;ll lose its visual effect. And if you hang it much lower, you&rsquo;ll truncate the space. An entry's illumination should be dimmer than the light outside, so people don't feel they are standing in a spotlight. Soft light will cast a flattering and warm glow, which makes people feel at ease, so consider a dimmer switch on the wall, or low-wattage bulbs.</p> <p><strong>Stairs</strong></p> <p>Many homes have staircases near the entrance, and while they can&rsquo;t easily be changed on a structural level, there are quite a few tricks to get them looking great. Carpet them, or sand them down. Paint the stair risers a striking colour or try an eye catching wall display &ndash; ditch the flying ducks in favour perhaps of a family gallery or a group of ornamental mirrors - particularly dramatic on a dark wall.</p> <p><strong>Carpet</strong></p> <p>A carpet is not always a practical option in a high traffic area, but has many advantages such as space definition, warmth, noise reduction and comfort. If you decide to use one, choose one which won&rsquo;t show up too much dirt. A runner draws guests into your home but keep it clear of the furniture so the space has a feeling of openness. And don&rsquo;t let it extend the entire length of the hallway: you want to be sure that the front door can open freely.</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong></p> <p>Most of us enter a home with keys, bags and other belongings. Provide somewhere for these items to be deposited and stored neatly (out of sight preferably too). A console table, side table, chest of drawers, a bowl with a lid for keys and change, a set of hooks (or a wardrobe) for bags, shopping baskets and hats.</p> <p>Article from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.privateproperty.co.za/advice/lifestyle/articles/up-the-wow-factor-of-your-entrance-space/4595">privateproperty</a></p>