The Design Art You Should Master: Doorway Views

The Design Art You Should Master: Doorway Views

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Taryn Williford
Nov 6, 2015

Ninety percent of a well-designed home is all about how you experience it. It's in the way you ooh and ahh as you walk through the space. I write that to set up the idea that it is important to think about how your rooms look from other rooms. You want to make it a point to single out and specifically style the part of a room that you can see from an adjoining room's vista or, in short, a doorway view.

The view from the entryway is important, but it's not the only doorway view to consider. Think about how bedrooms look from the hallway or living area as people glance inside (and vice versa), or how a dining room looks through the peek from the other areas of the house.

I called it an "art" in the title, because that's what it is. An art, not a science. There's no formula for how to make sure you're creating really compelling doorway views, but there are a few things that might help:

  • Make sure you can see some part of a piece of furniture. There should be something interrupting your line of sight before it hits the back wall. More important in bedrooms and living areas than, say, a hallway.
  • Consider placing a piece of art on the wall opposite the door.
  • If there's a doorway vista that spans across multiple rooms, try and have some element of each room in view, such as furniture, a plant or a rug.

The most valuable bit of advice I can give for crafting a lovely doorway vista is to take a photo. Walk around your home taking pictures through different doorways and try to discover how you can improve the view, and the way you and your guests experience your home.

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