Tips on creating the perfect entrance to your home
We hear it’s all about the journey not the destination, but what does that mean for your front garden? Here are some simple garden design tips to consider when making an entrance.
Once through the front gate it’s important that a visitor knows where to head, but at the same time you don’t necessarily want a direct pathway leading straight to the front door. Consider how you might create a more pleasurable journey through the space, so there’s time to smell the roses and admire the planting.
In our suburban gardens the entry from the street is often directly in line with the front door. If you can reconfigure the layout, moving the front gate diagonally opposite the door will allow for a journey, instead of a direct route.
If there is a level change from the gate to the front door, rather than narrow steps consider using larger step pads to bring you up or down. Be generous with path widths, one metre is a minimum.
Front entrances need to be clearly defined in a house and it’s an opportunity to be bold and brave.
Ensure what you select compliments the house style, but don’t be afraid to make a statement. Carefully selected elements that play with scale can work wonders. For example, a pair of large urns, or a single imposing planter will help to draw the eye and lead the way to your home’s entrance.
Doorways and entrances are the most trafficable areas, so place things that you love seeing, whether it be a favourite piece of contemporary sculpture, a beautifully tiled wall or an antique screen.
Scent can be evocative for visitors, so consider planting something that will waft and delight as people arrive.
With larger houses, just increase the scale, for example, a path may become a driveway, an imposing central pond, or a cluster of trees will lead you to the front door. In rural properties, the driveway may be kilometres long, so create interest with avenues of flowering trees, repeat sections of imposing stone walls to create rhythm, and consider the vistas en route.
If you don’t have a sprawling country estate, a smart pair of pots massed with aspidistra will work just fine by the front door!