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A Welcoming Entrance

The entrance to your home makes a statement about you and your living space. It is the first impression people get of your home; so take special care in the design to make it a warm and welcoming area for your family and guests.

All of us are not fortunate enough to have a large entrance hall. Lets look at apartments- to be specific an apartment situated in Gulshan 1, Dhaka. The apartment is 2500 square feet but has no provision for a foyer. It only has a slick corridor that is a thoroughfare, linking rooms. But there is another good optional space for a foyer. Each floor in this building houses only one flat. Thus there is a space between the entry and elevator doors. This is a small space, but any place can be improved by adding some new items and proper light. The entrance area is also a good place to experiment. If anyone wants to do something exciting, you can do it in this space. The walls here will often get a bit of battering, so more durable paper, tiles or paint should be used. In this instance, we used rustic tiles for the wall coverings. We also used black granite to cover the elevator's walls and 2-inch borderlines in the rustic wall. Consequently the rustic wall became more attractive. Now this wall is free from children's sticky fingers, dust and grime. It can be simply wiped clean.

The floor is another important issue for the decor. We tried to keep the floor outside the entry door such that it is easy to clean and maintain. We placed parlato marble on the floor and a maroon star motif at the center of the space. Rose Alikanto is a very attractive maroon marble, and we used it in a 6-inch border surrounding the entrance space.

Everyday, all the members of a house start their daily routines from the entrance area and at the end of the day they come back to the same place. Thus it is the first area that people see in your home and it should be as inviting as you can make it.

We also made a gorgeous false ceiling attached with a mirror-etched piece for this space. And we placed concealed curved spotlights in the false ceiling. The door is the most important feature in the entrance. We placed a readymade designed door. But we designed a custom-made doorframe and placed these on either sides of the entry door. We also placed two slick terracotta art pieces between these doorframes. Thus the door looks more wide and gorgeous.

This space is so small that there is no space to set two chairs or a coffee table in this area. Instead we chose a single bench. Paintings and plants are also welcoming. Accordingly we placed a traditional mural above the bench and plants on either side. Track lighting has been used to highlight the mural. A proper lighting can make a small entry look larger and more intimate. Normally, it is a pass through area. People don't usually spend much time in the entrance area, but just for a moment, when they do take a pause, a welcoming entry creates a good mood for all.

By Nazneen Haque Mimi
Interior Consultant
E-mail: journeym@citechco.net
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan
Special Thanks: Mrs. Nusrat Noor Nowaz


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