Next up in our summer mini-series Design Guide by Room, Dwayne Bergmann welcomes you into his world via grand foyers, highly functional main entrances, and showstopping thresholds. This often overlooked space invites your family and guests in, setting the tone for the rest of the home. Dwayne shares his designer-approved tips on making a statement reflective of your personal style, while enhancing this high traffic area to keep up with your family’s needs.
The front entrance of your home may not be the most used, but that doesn’t make it any less important and impactful for the overall tone of your home. While your family might favor a side door or garage entrance for everyday use, guests typically enter through the front. Considering the audience, Dwayne asks his clients what do they want their home to say about them for someone who may be seeing it for the first time? The overwhelming response is a desire to convey a sense of welcoming warmth and a “wow” moment. Dramatic lighting, oversized floral arrangements, and clear sight lines are guaranteed to do just that.
If your main entrance is your primary entrance, maintaining a clutter free space is essential to a stylish, yet functional foyer. For families that means keeping multiple peoples worth of shoes, accessories, and belongings tucked away. If you do not have a closet nearby, consider a built in cabinet or freestanding display with designated spaces per family member and spare hooks or cubbies for guests. Use baskets and labels to help keep little ones accountable for their part. Even when on full display, if the space is kept neat and orderly it will serve as a functional design element fit for your modern family’s busy lifestyle.
No matter the size of your entry space, you can maximize the entry experience with some key design tricks. First and foremost, lighten up! Opting for light and bright tones in mixed textures can make your space feel larger. Next, add reflective surfaces like glossy marble tiles and statement mirrors to give the illusion of more space. Add furniture sparingly, sticking to essentials like a console table or carefully placed seating, but Dwayne loves to select luxurious, unique pieces with character to stand out in the sparingly adorned space. Last but certainly not least is lighting. If you have a two story entry, go bold with a floor to ceiling chandelier that catches the natural light. Sconces flanking a console or a pair of table lamps also offer an elegant design solution. This room is a direct reflection of you and your style, so Dwayne encourages leaning into personal preferences and take calculated risks that will bring you joy every time you cross the threshold.
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