We are told not to “judge a book by its cover” and encouraged not to make snap decisions based on our first impressions, but it is often still our natural default. A well-designed book cover, beautiful packaging, or an enticing menu will call us to investigate further and stimulate our interest in what lies beneath.

Our first impression of a space is just as important. An entryway can either deter prospective visitors or compel them to enter.

DC Entrance - Glave & Holmes Hotel & Home Studio

Courtyard Entry - Glave & Holmes Architecture, Hotel & Home Studio

When designing an entry, the Hotel & Home Studio Team at Glavé & Holmes Architecture strives to include many appropriate aspects. Materials such as wood, iron, or stone can help create a feeling of a warm welcome and/or present an atmosphere of cool peacefulness.

VT Admissions Entrance - Glave & Holmes Architecture, Hotel & Hoome StudioMontalto

The size of a door and its surrounding is also important. A larger opening can generate a sense of importance or create an impression of reverence, while a smaller opening can make one feel cozy or as if they are about to enter a welcoming abode.

Montpelier Arch - Glave & Holmes Hotel & Home Studio

Many times a less opaque opening can give a sneak peek of what is beyond, thus producing a feeling of enticing wonderment.

Wilmott Gate

The final detail is the hardware. As we mentioned in an earlier blog, the hardware used on an entry acts as the jewelry and is the finishing touch, or “icing on the cake.” This aspect of the entry stimulates the tactile senses and tempts us to reach out and engage, drawing us into the space and beyond the entryway.

VT Admissions - Glave & Holmes Architecture - Hotel & Home Studio

What are some of your favorite entryways?

Linda Coile
Assoc. AIA
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