When it comes to creating high impact design in a home, it all begins in the entryway. I often refer to the entry as the face of an apartment. It is the first thing people see when they enter, and it really set the tone.
Most of my design clients live in apartments, whether they rent or own, they usually face a similar challenge, creating a grand entrance in a small entry.
As I often say, space may be limited but design doesn’t have to be. Here are three small entryways I designed, that offer high impact and consume minimal space. They are both functional and beautiful.
Wallpaper is one of my favorite ways to set an entry apart from the space it flows into. Wallpaper helps to define the space while providing great impact. If you are renting or just afraid to commit, there are plenty of temporary solutions. Some more temporary than others. This Beige and gold peony wallpaper, pictured above, is peel and stick. And the black and white trellis wallpaper below is self-adhering and easily strippable.
If floor space is limited in an entry, use wall space instead. Floating shelves offer a place to throw keys and mail as you enter, without taking up precious floor space. Hooks for keys, coats and handbags, help keep you organized in tight quarters
When you start off with a bedroom that is barely 60 sqft, and doesn’t have a closet you might be tempted to call in a twin bed, or worse yet, a futon. In the case of this Manhattan junior one bedroom, after some planning and careful measuring, we were able to fit a full bed, a night stand and a full wardrobe!
Because we were dealing with a very small room, I didn’t want to overwhelm the entire space with color. I opted for a blush tone and only painted six feet of the 9 foot wall.To add lighting without taking up valuable real estate, I perched these two wall lamps from Ikea on the wall with an adhesive cord cover from Home DepotAdding different textures and patterns while keeping the colors in the same neutral family, allowed us to add plenty of style to the room without making the small space too busy.
A full size headboard and bed were just the right size for the room. The gold faux bamboo nightstand/ side table from Target provides a great place3 for books and additional lighting without taking up to much visual space. Anytime you can see through a piece of furniture, it feels less heavy, and lends to an airy and light look in the space.
Injecting personal, sentimental belongings into a design help to make a house really feel like home. Including this dream catcher by the side of the bed, not only added an additional element of style, but also made for a more peaceful night.
By removing the full size door and adding a french bi-fold door in it’s place, we were able to clear enough room to build a custom Ikea Pax wardrobe to house all those wonderful shoes.