We must treat the decoration of our property from its first environment, the hall. Decorators always say that the entrance hall is the true calling card of buildings, both residential and commercial.
One of the functions of the hall is to introduce everything that is to come. In other words, if your home already appears inviting, it is likely that people will be more comfortable to come in and visit you.
In these pandemic times, this transition has become even more important. Now, the entrance hall is a mandatory stop for everyone to leave those objects brought from the street, especially shoes.
This means that the decoration of this environment must meet not only the residents’ tastes and preferences, but also the new needs they may have. We will reflect on this and much more in the following text.
Which points in the entrance hall can receive more decoration elements?
Imagine yourself, right now, opening the front door of a home. So see lots of colors, sparkles and textures. This visual impact caused by all the elements in the decor will make you decide which step to take next, step back or take more steps forward. In other words, the spatial treatment given to the property’s first environment can work as a selection of visitors.
But we want people to want to happily enter our homes, don’t we? However, they will only pass this point if they are allowed to do so, nothing blocking their path.
You need to keep this in mind when setting up your home’s entrance hall. Give preference, try to leave free this corridor of circulation that connects the entrance door with the next room – which will probably be the living room.
To put it better, in this strip of floor plan of the entrance hall, armchairs, pedestals with statuettes, potted plants, and nothing else can be found.
If your home’s entrance hall is exactly the width or nearly the width of your own entrance, local decor should be limited to floor and wall coverings only. But if the plant is more square, in theory, there would be room for more items in the decoration.
Never place furniture and other large pieces positioned behind the entrance door, preventing its full 90 degree opening, a problem for everyday life.
But on the opposite wall we can put mirrors, vases, niches, a sideboard, and more. And exceptionally when the lobby is very large, decorators usually place a table in the center of the room, to slow down circulation in the place.
What materials help in the maintenance and cleaning of the entrance hall?
The main concern of decorators in relation to the entrance hall was always to make these spaces in their homes charming and attractive.
Functionality was not a relevant issue in these projects. And consequently, no limits were placed on what could or could not be used to decorate these real estate spaces. That was how it was until the recent pandemic arrived.
As you know, we started to use the entrance hall of our houses as a pre-cleaning area – ours and the objects we bring from the street.
So we want this place to be also easier to clean, ensuring protection and good health for everyone. Anyway, it can be said that we must now think better about what materials we use in lobby decoration. Here are our recommendations:
- As for the floors, it would be better to use those coverings – such as tiles – being smoother and with a minimum of grout between the pieces – where a lot of dust always accumulates -, and as it was resistant to the frequent use of cleaning products.
- No rugs, unless they are rubberized and washed often enough. Instead, you can consider a floor mosaic – made from the floor tiles chosen in the previous topic – to adorn the room.
- For the walls, use those washable paints, which promise to greatly reduce the proliferation of bacteria on the walls;
- Glass and stone ornaments are easier to sanitize.
- Likewise, metal furniture.
- If you want to use wooden furniture in the entrance hall, you can consider finishes such as laminate – which is even used in kitchens and bathrooms. To protect the top from dressers and tables, one idea is to cover the area with a glass plate.
Colors and elements to make the lobby more sophisticated
Now let’s no longer talk about resistance, but beauty, visual impact. For everything we said in the previous topic, now you know that, with the pieces in the right materials and finishes, it is possible to combine aesthetics and practicality for hall decoration.
So it’s time to exercise our creativity and put our good taste and common sense into action to make this space seem more welcoming and even comfortable.
Certainly, lobby decorations are not as warm as living room and bedroom decorations, for example.
But we can “play” in this room elements that help the setting to aesthetically link with the rest of the house and also express part of our personality, tastes and preferences. It is not advisable to have family photos and similar things on site. The idea is not to expose your intimacy. Right?
Instead, use frames with abstract images, potted plants, decorative vases, sculptures and lamps – including floor lamps, bench lamps, sconces and even pendants.
The difference between the pieces you will choose for this environment in relation to the same type of pieces you will choose for the rest of the house has to do with the scenic appeal. These items should bring movement and “poetry” to this decoration.
To create a more sophisticated looking decor, you should follow a neutral color palette – such as grey, beige and black. Items such as mirrors, crystal pendants and flower arrangements – such as roses, lilies and orchids – should bring more refinement to the room.
In this sense, even the design, color and finish of the hall’s entrance door leaf can make a difference. How about a lobby as beautiful as these? Come on, start decorating yours now!
These hall decor tips were created by the team Viva Decora.