Fine design is about the creation of memorable spaces, and when it comes to entrances, architects have one shot to get it right.
“An entrance is the starting point from which everything begins to unfold,” says Chris Whitehead, managing director of Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty in Dubai. It “dictates the way the property talks to visitors,” he adds. “The feeling generated in the entrance echoes throughout the house.”
The power of that initial perception can feel like the difference between a welcome mat and a red carpet arrival.
Entrance halls convey the character and attitude of a residence and the people who live in it. They can exude boldness, quietude, history, hospitality, strength or drama. They are also portals with mood-altering capacity to affect one’s outlook and signal a sense of anticipation by offering a hint of what’s to come.
“When someone opens the door and walks into a space that is inspirational, has great proportion and incorporates beautiful materials, you don’t know why you love it but those are the elements you savor,” says Nancy Ruddy, co-founder and managing principal of the architectural firm CetraRuddy in New York and a 2015 inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. “Those are the things that make a space memorable.”
A grand entrance is more than a matter of soaring ceilings. Today’s foyers are warmer, more nurturing and embracing with a greater interplay of natural materials like stone and wood. Art is more prominent, too. The entrance of one of Whitehead’s most memorable estate listings features sculptures set in an infinity edge reflecting pool.
Ruddy frequently incorporates her clients’ art in entryways calling them ideal spaces to showcase an art collection and project one’s personality. “As one client told us, ‘I never tire of coming into my home. There’s something amazing when you open the door.’ That’s what we call poetry.”
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