A hallway is a room in itself and should be treated as such with a bold design that dazzles, or in the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, a design that soothes and soothes the soul.
That was the design ethos behind the luxury family home of actor and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow. Unsurprisingly, luxury is at the heart of the design, but the entrance is devoid of gimmicks and new features. Instead, the room’s simple color palette, beautiful furniture and stylish fixtures result in a place people might want to stay. This was the approach taken by interior designer Brigitte Romanek in this space.
In a conversation with Architectural Digest, Paltrow talked about how the design came together. “The strength of the house is the subtlety of light and space,” she says. “We spent a lot of time evaluating family styles, how we really live, and what would make us most comfortable. The focus was on experience and emotion.
Since the entryway is where guests are welcomed, it should say something about you and set the mood for the rest of the house, says Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors. “The hallway should flow into the rooms that come out of it,” she adds.
Be original when it comes to design. It’s easy to be tempted to go the extreme route, but oftentimes, the simplest designs, focusing on one or two key details, are the most profound. The best way to add interest without causing clutter is to use the rule of three; These are three interesting points that help this space stand out while remaining calm and sophisticated.
“Unique pieces create interest in small or awkward spaces,” notes interior designer Natalia Maiar. A strong piece of art or accent flooring is also a great way to bring focus to a space – you often need little else to liven up a room and can create a talking point in a space like a hallway where you stop to greet someone.’
In this space, it’s the reclaimed stone entryway floor from Chateau Domingue that sings the space. This is the main star of the show.
“The classic stone checkerboard floor is functional and durable but also eye-catching,” says Tom Cox, co-founder of Hám Interiors. ‘Black and white is a timeless pairing that will never get old or tired.
However, the 18th-century fireplace mantel – a true design masterpiece – and the curved center table anchor the room.
As an entryway staple, a side or center table provides surface space for items such as table lamps, letter racks, keys and memo pads, but can also be used to display decorative items and plants to welcome guests as part of an elegant display.
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A home should reflect the owner’s spirit, and this space follows the principles of luxury and beauty that Paltrow embodies. With that in mind, our editors have curated their favorite products to transform your entryway into a haven of peace and tranquility.
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