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Entryway Design Ideas

Paddington Design & Construct
Paddington Design & Construct
Fifth Season Landscapes
Polished concrete bench with white timber battens. Free draining pea gravel with lagerstroemia indica natchez, buxus balls and Ficus Lyrata in pot. Photos by Natalie Hunfalvay
Bayview House
Bayview House
Robert Harwood Architect
This project was the remodelling of the existing rather ugly 1970s wire-cut brick house. The site though was spectacular, facing Pittwater north of Sydney. We wanted to giver the owner a house that would provide a contemporary facade, light and fresh on the ground level and strong and bold above. The entrance hall leads the visitor directly through to the water views beyond. Architect: Robert Harwood Photo: Thomas Dalhoff
Mount Waverley
Mount Waverley
McLauchlan Building Designers
The brief was open plan living, separate work areas for each partner, large garage, guest accommodation, master suite to upper level with balcony to reserve, feature stone, sustainability and not a ‘McMansion’, but with a retro layered feel. With the site presenting a very wide frontage to the north, the challenges were to get solar access to internal and external living spaces, whilst maintaining the much needed privacy, security and creating views to the reserve. The resultant design presents a very wide northern frontage with a towering featured entry leading through to an extensive rear deck with views overlooking the reserve. Situated beside the entry colonnade with accessed also provided from the living areas, there is a screened northern terrace, with the featured screening duplicated on the garage façade. The flat roofs feature large overhangs with deep angle timber fascias to enhance the extensive use of limestone and feature rock walls, both externally and internally. Flat solar panels have been employed on the upper roof, coupled with batteries housed within the garage area, along with the dogs comfortable accommodation. This project presented many challenges to all concerned, but the process and the result were a labour of love for all that were involved.
Mountview
Mountview
Benedict Design
Photographer: Mitchell Fong
Shell Cove Award Winning Home
Shell Cove Award Winning Home
User
The design turned the challenges of the steep block into opportunities to create a unique home that delights at every turn. Photo Credits: Phil Winterton
Make coming home a pleasure by making sure your entryway – also known as a foyer or vestibule – is the perfect transition from the public world to the private world. Your choice of front door, the organisation and general flow of the entryway should be practical and reflect the style of your home. Your entryway, foyer or vestibule is the first impression guests will have of your home. Does it reflect you and your household? Here are a few ways to make your entryway better - and if all else fails, there's always hiring an interior designer to help.

How can you make your front door stand out?


Front doors can make or break a home’s appeal. An outdated or ill-fitting front door will imply what lies beyond is just as overdue for a makeover. No one wants a front door that stands out for all the wrong reasons, so choose one that suits the style of your home. Aluminium doors, for example, are more suited to contemporary-style homes, whereas ornate timber doors suit period homes. That doesn’t mean you can’t inject some of your own personality, though.

While the architectural style should remain the same, you can shake things up with paint colours and quirky door handles. If you’re planning a new home, play around with the size and shape of your entrance door, too, and if you want to include a screen door, look for one that architecturally complements the existing front door.

How can you create an organised entryway or foyer?


An organised foyer requires smart storage solutions – otherwise it’s at risk of becoming a dumping zone. Think about what you do when you first walk into your home. Most people will put their keys down, store a bag or coat, then take their shoes off. If this sounds like you, and your entryway is relatively sizeable, consider including some built-in joinery or a slimline console or hall table. Otherwise, hooks for keys, a coat stand and shoe rack will suffice. If you have a large family, allocate one drawer or shelf to each member of the clan. And finally, don’t overcrowd this area with belongings that can’t be stored in a bedroom. When guests arrive, you want to be able to offer them somewhere to put down their belongings.

Could a dirt room save your floors and entry?


Having a mudroom isn’t commonplace in Australia and New Zealand, but it is becoming increasingly popular as a means to keep mess at bay. In coastal areas, it is sometimes referred to as a sand room, while in rural areas, it can be known as a dirt room. A mudroom is usually a secondary entrance or located at the back entrance, and is ideal for storing shoes, school backpacks, sports equipment and pet essentials.

You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to a mudroom. A narrow hall or partial wall will do the trick just fine – just add built-ins, some cubbies for individual family members and a bench. If you have a laundry that has direct access to the outdoors, it’s an ideal opportunity to convert it into a multi-purpose space. Combining a laundry and mudroom is a logical and effective use of space. If there’s no room inside, take a look outside. If you have a verandah, cordon off an area for the likes of dirty soccer boots and surfboards.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an entryway renovation or are building a designer entryway from scratch, Houzz has 418,517 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Melissa Balzan Design and Kylie Sargent. Look through entryway photos in different colours and styles and when you find an entryway design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful entryway ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.