The entrance is the house’s business card

The entrance hall is the first part of the house you see. Therefore it must be beautiful, unique and suit both the house and garden. A good rule to remember is that the steps must be large enough in relation to the door and so two-colored steps are always stylish, believes garden architect Jan Klitgaard.

The starter must match the main course, the shoes must match the dress, and the entrance hall has to match the rest of the house. But how do you make the perfect entrance hall and what needs special attention? We asked garden architect Jan Klitgaard from Klitgaard Paving (Klitgaards Brolægning) this. He has some good ideas, advice and a prediction of future trends.

First impressions are always the most important - therefore the entrance functions as the house’s business card. So it's important to think carefully when planning the house’s entrance hall. But how do you create an entrance hall that matches both the house and one's personal style, without looking like your neighbors? "Firstly, the entrance hall must match the house's shape and style. Avoid large things in the beginning. Focus on simple lines, so you can see as much of the house as possible, and then you have to make sure that the steps are not too small relative to the house and the front door," says garden architect Jan Klitgaard.

Find inspiration in the neighborhood

"It's a good idea to take a drive in a few residential neighborhoods. There you can see the latest designs and trends, and be inspired," continues Jan Klitgaard, adding that you should not be afraid to do something unique and personal, for example, by mixing different types of stone, granite and concrete. On the whole, Jan Klitgaard thinks that most entrances are too boring. So if you do not have any ideas yourself, it's a good idea to pay a small amount for some professional advice to get a good result. "In the ten years I have advised people, I've never done anything the same!"

Jan Klitgaard believes that the trend is going towards winding corridor systems with soft, curving lines that give a smooth transition to the garden. Larger tiles such as IBF Border tiles are also becoming more and more popular, just as evergreen plants that ensure that the garden is also worth looking at in the winter. In addition, both the house and garden are increasingly illuminated, for example, with spot lights on trees and shrubs.

"And people are tired of granite! You can find it in every DIY center. Different natural stones are much nicer. They are never the same and it gives life to the garden," concludes Jan Klitgaard.

For further inspiration, see Klitgaard Paving’s website: