Make an entrance! How a statement hallway sets the tone for a great interior design

We all know the saying “first impression count” but have you ever considered how this applies to your house? The truth is the way people first perceive you and your interior style is often decided within the first few seconds after they enter your home.


The entrance is the last space you go through before leaving to commence your day and the first room you come home to. So why not ensure it has a positive effect on the start and end of your day?

You can afford to be bold in this space as you don’t spend a lot of time in it. It’s a great space to use wallpaper or a strong wall colour. You can even use more than one focal piece. Layer an over-scaled lamp, have a stack of art books, a cluster of ceramic ornaments or a vase of flowers. Find pieces that reflect your personality.

It’s also not all about appearances; choose pieces that are functional too. Hang a mirror for one final glance as you walk out the door. Save time looking for your key by always placing them in a decorative bowl. Find a console with storage to hide messy items such as mail. Don’t like guests wearing shoes in the house, but feel uncomfortable asking them to take them off? Set the example by providing the space with an ottoman or chair and a basket filled with shoes next to it. They will get the hint!

For more inspiration check out these entrances which sure know how to make a punchy statement.

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.