My Home Renovation: My Entrance Way

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by Decorate26.



Residential interiors tell a story not too dissimilar to writing a book. The entrance way, like the first paragraph, is your opportunity to capture a person’s attention, enticing them to read on, or in the case of a home, enticing them to enter and discover what lies within. As a homeowner and interior designer this is how I view the role of the main entrance. It is a space that provides impact, and encompasses the general style of the home, without giving away too much. The visitor then has a taste of what the interior of a home will be like but is encouraged to want to see more!

In my own home, I have chosen to highlight the architectural design of the house, 1920’s Spanish Mission Style reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Age. It is an era that I adore and ultimately had much to do with my decision to purchase my current home.

Wallace Neff House (largely responsible for the 'California' style of home.
Jean Harlow (behind her a spanish mission style design typical of Hollywood's Golden Age)
Katharine Hepburn's Spanish Mission Style Home

In a home where it’s architectural design and detail make it something special, it is important to maintain these elements. This is the challenge for me in setting out to project my own style within this space. So how have I done this in my entrance way?

One of the first decisions I made involved colour. As a general observation, New Zealander’s are a little hesitant to use an array of colour, however one of the features that drew me immediately to my home was it’s use of exterior colour. Custom made by Porter’s Paints ‘Cowley Yellow’ was for me a ‘must stay’ colour. It’s warmth instantly brightens you and makes you feel warm, even on a dreary Auckland day. However, it was important for me to ‘ground this colour’. This meant the introduction of an accent dark tone. I looked no further than Resene’s ‘double cod grey’, supported by accent pieces, such as oversized pots,  in dark tones. This match was perfect!

Hence, the colour for my front door is double cod grey. With it’s oversized scale, shape and architectural detail referencing the Spanish Mission Style, there was no need to embellish it anymore. It’s presence juxtaposed with ‘Cowley Yellow’ make it the perfect front entrance.


What about front door mats? Never underestimate a fabulous looking front door mat that complements best the style you are trying to achieve. Yes, you may spend an uncomfortable amount of money on it, but it will be worth it. Trust me! Don’t be afraid to splash out on the items that we sometimes overlook. If you are going to be successful in achieving a scheme that stands out amongst the rest, then be prepared to spend some time and money on these pieces! Colour/s, texture, pattern, materials, scale and a combination of all will need to be considered. Yes, even with a doormat!


What awaits you on the other side of a front door should fill you with excited anticipation, so make sure it delivers! How have I delivered?

Putting a scheme together is always one of the first things that takes place. Most of the time it’s in my head, I mull it over and mull it over until I’m happy, mental mood boards are more my thing (in my own home anyway)! Some schemes take longer than others but this one certainly didn’t. Often what makes a scheme easier to put together is product and supplier knowledge. I had a certain look in  mind so knew exactly what suppliers and what products I would use. That is one of the main advantages to using an Interior Designer. Porters Paints, Signature Prints, ECC Lighting were just some of the suppliers that became my ‘go to’ for this space.

Bringing back the glam became an overriding theme for this space.  References to Art Deco with scale, pattern and colour became important. Black and shades of Gold (ecru, brass gold and bronze gold) were used. The light fitting I chose needed a minimal profile as the ceiling height here is slightly lower than elsewhere in the house. It does however, reference Regency Hollywood which fits perfectly with the overall scheme. Antique furniture with brass detailing, and more modern pieces were used. How is it possible to use such different elements within a space? Colour and pattern repetition were key, in this case. Remembering that an eclectic space can be a success provided each element chosen has a detail that connects it to the overall scheme becomes important.

Tom Dixon, a favourite designer.
ECC Lighting
Accessories are your finishing touches
Have some fun with what you display. It's definitely not all about function.
Antique furniture looks great and complements the overall design with references to both the herringbone floor and the gold tones of the hardware.
Repeating patterns connect elements and spaces.


I hope you have enjoyed this space as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you. Next time in My Home Renovation, I’ll be showcasing the Walk n’ Wardrobe,  I can’t wait!…

Source: Decorate26