Making an entrance

We share 16 entrance halls that leave an impression.

The idea that an entrance hall should be a statement-making introduction to your home – a clue to what lies beyond – is a familiar one. They are a first ‘embrace’, a warm welcome, and should even cause you (and your guests) to want to delay departure. We explore a few entrance halls that challenge the notion that these traditionally transient spaces are a room to just rush through between surfing lessons and homeschooling.


From simple hellos to dramatic entrances… In some spaces the interior architecture speaks volumes, so the décor doesn’t have to work as hard. Whilst, in others the decoration enhances the architecture and, in some cases, even adding heightened drama to the space.


Group hugs, old friends and new beginnings… Curated collections – from art and mirrors to ceramics and objects – are a personal expression that also create a common design thread. Plus, they’re always a talking point. When old and new come together, they often produce an interior that is better than the sum of their parts. Entrances that get the mix right feel elegant, playful, nostalgic and textured.


Hardworking hallways… Besides the conventional functionality of entrance halls and landings (a place for coats, boots, car keys and the like), they are often required, whether gracious or compact, to work harder than expected.

Words and production: J-P de la Chaumette
Images: Supplied and as credited with hero image courtsey of La Grange Interiors and home page slider image by DOuglas Friedman for Architecural Digest