Nicky Hilton's 'old money' entryway is guaranteed to stand the test of time – experts love this expensive-looking space

Nicky Hilton's entryway champions understated elegance, timeless appeal, and high-quality materials

Nicky Hilton
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Nicky Hilton Rothschild is known for her sense of elegant, polished style, so it comes as no surprise that her home exudes the same 'old money' sophistication as her fashion. 

For her entryway, the American socialite, fashion designer, and model has crafted a space that not only showcases the latest interior design trend for expensive-looking decor but also one that embodies the same classic elegance that will remain a forever trend. 

The 'old money' aesthetic has been abuzz in the fashion world for some time now, but achieving the quiet luxury trend in your home is so much more than just a concept, it is a lifestyle; one that many people have been embracing wholeheartedly. The entryway is the perfect place to start.

As Nicky Hilton knows, first impressions count. The entryway is a room of its own and should be treated as such with a bold design that will wow. 

As the entrance is where guests are welcomed, it should say something about you and set the mood for the rest of the house, agrees Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors. 

‘An entryway should flow into the rooms that come off it,’ she adds. ‘I keep the floor uniform throughout as it helps enlarge the space and prevents it from looking disjointed. Introduce a statement floor to add a wow factor. Pay attention to the materials too.'

In a space as large as Nicky's, it pays to put focus on your entryway floor ideas. Think about the look you want to achieve and the practicalities involved. If similar to Nicky, you prefer to use a ‘real’ material for its beauty and individual characteristics, consider natural stone, including marble, limestone, and slate. 

Honed stone tiles tend to be less slippery than polished, and once they are sealed, they should wear well. Do be aware that, as with all natural products, stone tiles require a certain degree of care. Always check maintenance requirements with your supplier. 

However, tiled floors in the entrance hall are an extremely practical solution for the part of the house that everyone will walk through, but they can be harsh and rather cold. Warm things up by taking a different route, suggests Irene Gunter, director of Gunter & Co Interiors. Options include real brick tiles laid in a herringbone pattern, a mansion-weave parquet jazzed up with inlaid marble or a wooden floor with a large inset coir mat stained in a color that matches the timber. ‘Mid-tone colors do a better job at making the entrance feel clean, even when it’s not spotless.

Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.