Eight inviting entrances that set the tone for the rest of the home

In this lookbook, we’ve collected eight home interiors with entryways, including a home in Devon with clay walls and a double-height entryway in Mexico.

Entrance can be described as the room that is located directly inside the main entrance to the home.

These rooms are often hallways that lead to several different rooms in the home. They are typically where the first impression is made and can set the tone for the rest of the home.

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see past lookbooks featuring bathrooms with colorful features, homes with cross-laminated wood and mix-and-match flooring.

Photo is by Markus Linderoth

Timian, Sweden, by Johan Sundberg Architecture

In this home in an apple orchard in Lund, Swedish practice Johan Sundberg Arkitektur applied a modern finish to the 1920s villa by adding an extension that contrasted with its 20th-century style.

Plywood cladding covers the home’s interior and is paired with glass surfaces in the home’s entrance. A large courtyard window was placed above the entrance to the home, which is marked by a simple wooden glass door.

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Interior of the Mill House by Valentino Architects
Photo is by Ramon Portelli

Mill House, Malta, by Valentino Architects

Architectural studio Valentino Architects transformed a collection of 16th-century stone buildings in Malta into a family home surrounding a central courtyard.

From a large wooden door, original stone arches line the home’s entrance above a polished concrete floor that runs throughout the building. A large planter decorates the entrance and visually links to the history of the original villa from the 1920s.

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Lounge with red sofa, Casa Tres Árboles in Valle de Bravo by Direccion
Photo is by Fabian Martinez

Casa Tres Árboles, Mexico, by direction

Renovated by Mexican studio Direccion, this home in Valle de Bravo, Mexico was designed to celebrate natural materials, the contrasts of light and shadow, and convey a sense of refuge and retreat.

The entrance at Casa Tres Árboles has a wide span and a double height, which allows the light to be drawn into the room. Like the rest of the home, the room was decorated with a simplistic but rustic interior palette and uses black microcement and wood across the floor.

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A Cloistered House by Turner Architects
Photo is by Adam Scott

A Cloistered House, UK, by Turner Architects

The walls at the entrance to A Cloistered House by British studio Turner Architects were covered in pale sage green, allowing the home’s original dark wood floors to be the focal point of the space.

Dado railings, skirting boards and bow moldings were painted white to contrast against the green walls and highlight the classic details of the London home. A black-painted railing flanks the side of the wooden stairs.

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Count Duke apartment by Sierra + From the Fig Tree
Photo is by German Sáiz

Count Duke apartment, Spain, by Sierra + De La Fig

Madrid-based architecture studio Sierra + De La Higuera renovated this apartment in its hometown, creating an open-plan living and dining room divided by a wood-paneled entrance hall.

Wood paneling covers the walls of the entryway and complements the mustard yellow glazed herringbone tiles that cover the floor of the room.

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The palace gate of Tala Fustok
Photo is by Michael Sinclair

Palace Gate apartment, UK, by Tala Fustok Studio

This apartment in a Victorian mansion block, which neighbors Hyde Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, was transformed into a “tranquil sanctuary” by Tala Fustok Studio to balance the business of the city.

The entrance hall was decorated with a woven chair, a large Venetian mirror and a stone plinth sourced from the MAH Gallery in East London. A large vase from Flow Gallery was placed atop the plinth and hosts a single stem.

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Made from sand by Studio Weave
Photo is by Jim Stephenson

Made from sand, UK, by Studio Weave

London architectural firm Studio Weave added a two-storey timber-clad extension to a stone house in Devon, England. The extension is designed to provide accommodation and work space for the customer’s family and visitors.

The interior of the extension and the walls of its entrance hall were clad in rust-colored clay with subtle curved edges that fit into the door frames and walls. A bench lined the wall in the entryway and was topped with two cushions.

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Washington DC home of Colleen Healey

Washington DC home, USA, by Colleen Healey

A curved, tunnel-like hallway marks the entrance to this renovated home in Washington DC’s Logan Circle by the architectural firm Colleen Healey Architecture.

The white, tunnel-like entrance hall leads directly into an open kitchen-dining room and living room, which includes an exposed brick wall and diagonally laid floor, which helps to hide the house’s crooked walls.

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This is the latest in our lookbook series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see past lookbooks featuring split-level living areas, residential elevators and concrete bathrooms.

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