I always find that the entrance is the most important room in a flat or house as it's the first impression that people get when they come to your place.I think your entrance or hallway has a major influence on how the rest of your house will be perceived. I have a very quirky and small entrance hall that is kind of separated from the rest of the flat as it's downstairs and after dropping of your shoes you then go upstairs where the rest of the flat is. It's a bit unusual but I actually quite like it.
An entrance should most of all be welcoming but instead it's often a neglected place. The entrance is a room of transition; you are either on your way out or just got back home. Practicality is a very important aspect of every entrance hall as it's the place where you hang up your coat, take of your shoes, drop of your key, umbrella, gloves, hat scarves etc... Aesthetics usually play a minor role unless you have plenty of space (something that doesn't usually happen in London)!
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If I had a bigger hallway I would use it to display my books. As you can see, I'm in desperate need for more book space...
One thing I always try to do is making sure that my doormat looks nice and inviting. If it looks old and scruffy, I throw it out and replace it with a new one!
What's your entrance like? What tricks did you use to make it look welcoming?
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