Every part of a home contributes to its overall ambience, and a lobby is the first section where guests can gauge the style and interior décor. A well-designed lobby, or entrance hallway as it is called in Asia, can create an aura of elegance and grandeur even with minimal embellishments and basic furniture. However, in most homes in India, it is neglected, and people tend to keep open shoe racks or an old closet to hold wet umbrellas, raincoats or outdoor footwear. A few potted plants in brightly coloured planters are the only décor present in the lobby of most homes. Since it’s essential to make the right first impression, professional interior designers create elegant lobby designs to welcome visitors with a sense of warmth and style. Small touches created with the help of mirrors, stone sculptures, paintings, cabinets and wall décor can attract and impress visitors. Let us explore some entryway ideas to get inspired.
This classic style foyer with focused lighting and simple art pieces will make guests curious to check out the home's interiors. Wall recesses hold charming statues that complement the elegant wallpaper design while artfully placed circular mirrors enhance the look. It’s a stylish combination of art, colour and design that does not fail to impress.
The rectangular hallway opens into a spacious living room. It has a simple shoe rack on the side, which offers storage without cluttering the waiting area while the art piece on the wall serves as a conversation starter. The lack of clutter and the soothing ambience created by wall cladding prepare guests for the luxurious look that follows in the rest of the house.
This thoughtfully designed waterfall at the entrance lobby gives guests an idea about the artistic temperament of the homeowners. Made out of artfully placed stone slabs and vessels, the waterfall captures attention and beckons onlookers to take a closer look at the water gushing through it. The serene Buddha statue set before a charming circular mirror and flanked by carved wooden dividers create a calming atmosphere for guests.
This lobby straddles the dining and living room. Decor pieces on the shelves partially cover the see-through wall partition while another section of the wall provides privacy to the dining room. The slim console opposite the entrance has a simple stand with a decor piece and is set upon a bed of dry pebbles decorated with bowls of artificial plants. Overall, it’s a picture of perfection and elegance.
With space being a constraint, the owners have stuck to basic wall decor to create a stunning effect. The floating wall shelf and bright green wallpaper highlighted by ambient lighting make the area lively. The light colour palette and fresh ambience make walking into the home a refreshing experience.
It’s nice to have seating at the entrance for visitors who don’t plan to stay long or when a colleague from work stops by to drop off files. This cosy, secluded area with two comfortable chairs placed next to each other is just the right place to seat people in the foyer without feeling awkward about making them stand while they wait. The lovely bespoke wallpaper and elegant drop-down chandelier create a charmingly modern foyer design.
Well-planned lobby areas can become the subject of discussion among guests when they reach the living room, especially when it offers a unique experience like this one does. Designed like a swing with traditional brass antiques displayed on the hanging shelf, it has a magnetism that captures the viewers' attention.
Colours used in the lobby area can either enhance or ruin the look of the area. Since the area is meant for greeting guests when they first enter the space, the colour palette should have warm and soothing tones such as brown or beige. For a stylish layout, when there is ample space, a combination of neutral tones like white or beige and bold touches of aqua blue or violet can create a stunning effect. In this lobby, multiple cupboards with accessories arranged on top add to the overall ambience of the area.
Now that we have seen designs to elevate the look of the foyer inside the house, here are some ideas for sprucing up the entranceway from the outside.