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The power of Entrance area 玄関のチカラ

As I always say, entrance area at home and reception area in the restaurant or hotel is the most important place. It is a face of home.

When entrance area, the face of your home, is not smiling to you, you won't feel you are welcomed.

Neither will your family or guests. And this first impression you have in entrance area follows entire home.



To let entrance area play its role "welcoming us" well, first thing I always tell my clients is never put anything "practical" "non-pretty" in entrance area.

Remove or hide all practical, non-pretty things and add something pretty, which you love or enjoy looking at.


Here are examples:


This is one of my clients’ entrance area after consultation.


Pretty flowers, plants and two girls playing music in the picture are welcoming with nice lighting.


Before consultation, there used to be many practical things as you can see below....


There were two vacuum cleaners on the left side, a stroller beside the shelf. They are "practical things'. We do not really enjoy looking at them. The art on the wall was very nice but dark, cold color, so it was not for welcoming.


This is another example, which is still ongoing project so we have not completed entrance area yet, however, in terms of removing practical things from the entrance, this one is also a good example.


Before consultation, this entrance was full of pairs of shoes, strollers, other small things such as hats, umbrellas, etc...


The problem of this entrance is its size....very small and no storage, so if we put too many things, there will be no space for us coming in to enjoy being welcomed.


So, we removed everything from the entrance and make space empty.


For this type of small entrance, which does not have long hall way from the entrance door, we have to make some tricks...we trick our eyes.

First, the shoe shelf's black color made space smaller, so we switch it with white one from other room. Because white color make space look wider.



We also switch the flower painting with bamboo forest picture, adding more green color and nature feeling here.

This way, this bamboo picture plays as a window so that our eyes get tricked as if there are more spaces - bamboo forest - behind the window.


Yet, shoes are still exposed, so we will make covers. And we will put legs on the shelf bottoms to adjust its height later. The bamboo picture is still on the shelf so our eyes still look at lower at this point.


Hang the bamboo picture on the wall so that our eyes look higher. We did not buy anything new - used only what we already have, but it looks totally new entrance. This is still in the process..I look forward to sharing a result when all completed.


To make entrance area better does not need cost. It requires a bit twist and trick.

Is your entrance area welcoming you?



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