Patterns of Development

patterns of development - entry ways

Entry way Patterns

 Research Method

 In an effort to discover patterns in entry ways, I used the following method:

1) Use a variety of search terms (“entryway”, “entryways”, “entryway ideas”, etc) to gather an inventory of residential entry way images. 

2) Create categories that I hypothesize would be popular in entry ways. If it is popular then it must be good.

3) In reviewing the collected inventory, compare each image against the following categories:
-Accent light: Is there a light fixture that is prominent in the image?
-Mirror: Is at least 1 mirror visible in the image?
-Seating: Is there at least seating for two people at a time?
-Earthtone: Is the primary color of the wall earth tone?
-Table: Is their a large flat surface that would not be used as seating?
-Coat rack: Is their a visible coat rack?
-Accent art: Is their at least 1 visible piece of accent art?



Reviewing 107 entry way images:

73% have a table.
69% have seating for at least 2.
61% have walls with an Earthtone color.
53% have at least 1 mirror.
47% have an accent light.
24% have an accent art piece.
14% have a visable coat rack.


1) If you’re working with an architect or have the ability to reframe the entryway, consider creating space to handle seating for two and a table. Almost 3 of every 4 entry ways had this pattern. Chairs and tables are unique (relative to other categories) because they take up the most floor space.

2) If you don’t have the ability to create an entry way from scratch, consider adding a mirror. A mirror will help add depth to the entry making it feel larger. There’s also the side benefit of being able to check yourself out one last time before you leave.

3) Biggest surprise? How unpopular visible coat racks are. There could be an issue with my research method or maybe some sort of bias here. Maybe popular images on the internet have less clutter but in real life practicality takes over? Perhaps closets elsewhere in dwellings are more popular than I originally thought.


Next Steps

1) Continue to build an inventory of entry way images and evaluate against the 7 categories.

2) Consider increasing the number of categories to evaluate entry ways.

3) Accommodate space to include seating for two and a table in future dwelling designs.

4) Bonus: consider ways to implement machine learning to automate pattern finding.