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Creating a Grand Entry

  |  in Accessories, Colorado, contemporary, Dramatic, Foyer & Entry, lighting, seating, table, Tips, Wall CoveringNo Comments

Regardless of the size of your Foyer, every entry should be GRAND.

The entry is your welcome. It is your first impression. It is an opportunity to tell the story of who you are, what you are about, and establish a tone for your guests.

The following post covers the elements of good foyer design. I live and Colorado for most of my clients, the primary family entry is through the garage (and we love a good mudroom because of it). Consequently, the foyer is really for guests. Therefore I’m addressing it as such. If you live in a city, you may be the primary user of the front entry. These tips still apply, but you likely need quite a bit of storage as well.

Good Lighting

The obvious lighting choice is in the form of a chandelier or pendant. Something eye-catching is always welcome here. However, you also need to ensure adequate light levels for activities and creating a welcoming environment.

Best Foyer Design Advice

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However, if the overhead lighting is not enough, I’m a fan of adding a lamp…

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or two!

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A Place to Set Items Down

Your guests will likely have something in their hands. The best guests come bearing gifts after all! At the very least they may have a handbag and a coat to remove. Give them a place to set these items down upon arrival. This can also double as a display place for your family treasures.

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A Place to Sit

Not all foyers will be large enough to accommodate a place to sit. And in fact, the place to sit most often becomes just another place to set stuff down. However, if you live in a climate where weather may dictate a need to change or remove shoes, seating is a must.

A bench, small chair, stool… the forms are many, but the function is all that matters. A clever tick is to add the place to sit under the place to set things down.

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Something Interesting

This is your opportunity to tell visitors who you are and what you and your family are all about. Accessorize and really show your style! There are many options to add some personality.

Art

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Wallpaper or Bold Paint

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Area Rug

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 More Grand Entries to Inspire

Because these spaces just got it right.

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Want more Foyer Inspiration? Check out previous blog posts, or my idea book on Houzz or Pinterest

Love it or Leave it| Sofa at the Foot of the Bed

  |  in arrangements, Beautiful Habitat, bedroom, furniture, Love it or Leave It, Master Suite, seating, TrendsNo Comments

The bench at the foot of the bed – it’s a staple in bedroom design, particularly in master bedrooms. It’s the perfect spot to put on your shoes, decorative bedcovers can be folded down onto the bench, it helps to fill the space in larger rooms. I’ve even been known to add a bench in rooms designed by Beautiful Habitat.

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Lately I’m seeing the bench replaced by sofas, settees and chairs – furniture pieces with backs.

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And then I started to see sofas morph into full seating areas such a this room below.

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What do you think of this trend? Love it – it’s an out of the box use of the space; it creates more function; it uses the space better? Or leave it – it closes off the room too much; it distracts from the bed; I’m not holding board meetings in my bedroom? What are your thoughts of sofas (or other furniture with backs) and seating areas at the foot of the bed?

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Mixing Brown & Black, Beige & Gray in Design & Decor

  |  in Accessories, Bathroom, Beautiful Habitat, color, contemporary, Designer's Home, Drapery, fabric, Flooring, furniture, Kitchen Design, orange, pillows, seating, Tips, upholstery, Window TreatmentNo Comments

Over the last two years the neutrals of choice have shifted from the brown and beige spectrum to the grays and blacks. Gray tones are hot right now in both interior design and in fashion. If you will be renovating soon, it’s a great time to incorporate more grays and blacks into you home. But what if you completed a remodel or new decorating scheme just a few years ago? Are you worried that your brown-based interiors will look dated? I know that a few of my clients felt that worry, so I imagine you do too. I’ve worked with them on stunning solutions and I want to share those with you.

The good news is that we are talking about neutrals and no neutral is ever “out of style”. Neutrals are classic, timeless and always a good bet for major pieces in your home. They make a great base on which to add color and have longevity. However, if you find yourself working with a very brown and beige base, I have some tips to help you incorporate grays and blacks and blend it all together for a timeless, balanced and livable interior.

This room is a fabulous blend of tan and gray, with touches of black and blue. Perhaps you find yourself with a tan sofa. Paint an accent wall behind it in a striking charcoal gray to really make the sofa contrast against the wall and give the room an update. While this room is primarily neutral, because it is pulling from both the brown spectrum and black spectrum, it is a more dynamic neutral palette. The bold pillow fabrics add a little something extra.

 

Here we see the same concept: gray walls behind a tan sofa, with a tan jute rug. However, this room also incorporates lovely fabrics that blend the grays and tans. These fabrics, in the drapery and pillows, bring the room and colors together elegantly and seemlessly.

 Contemporary Living Room by Phoenix General Contractors Meritage Homes

If an accent wall or gray walls won’t work in your home, there are still plenty of opportunities to add gray to your beige sofa. One easy tip – add gray accents. In the room below we see gray throw pillows, throw and dining chairs. To punch it up a notch, orange pillows add a little spice. This particular view doesn’t show art or window treatments, but that would be another opportunity to add both the gray and orange for a complete, balanced design scheme.

Contemporary Living Room by San Francisco Architects & Designers Winder Gibson Architects

 The interior designer of this room has taken a more combined approach. The furniture pieces are a combination of both grays and beiges. It works so well because the furniture fabrics are in the same tone – not mixing light and dark colors, but an even balance through all pieces. The green accents help to pull the various pieces together in harmony. The warm gray walls and  area rug serve as appropriate backdrops, complimenting the combination.

 

I actually did several of these tips in my home that we moved from about 4 months ago. I have, admittedly, always favored the black and gray side of them spectrum. However, when we bought that home in 2007 (built in 2005), browns were the hot ticket and the home came with primarily browns, and beiges. Using the base of beige carpet and sandy-hued walls, as well as travertine tiles around the fireplace, I added contrasting gray paint to the mantel. I mixed in a sofa with 2 tones of gray in the fabric and black and gray valances. Now that I had established a neutral base, bright colors were added to compliment the artwork – a colorful cow on a (you guessed it) gray base.

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 Finally, incorporating both browns/beiges and blacks/grays can be done in the more permanently designed areas of you home, not just furniture and decoration. This bathroom design features a soothing balance of gray and tan. It’s earthy and spa-like. It works so well because there are multiple uses of each color. We see gray in the floor tiles and again on the painted walls. Tan was used on the wall tiles, countertop and again on the woven roman shades. The repetition of colors creates a harmony and balance in the space.

 Contemporary Bathroom by Menlo Park Interior Designers & Decorators Sullivan Design Studio

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Below is a kitchen remodel completed by Beautiful Habitat in which we mixed browns and blacks for a timeless interior design. The rest of the house is in browns and tans. We purposefully added black to this kitchen update to blend with the house, yet pull in the black. The granite is a beautiful black and brown combination. We mixed black glass tiles and travertine in a custom backsplash design, made more interesting in the vertical installation.

Brown and Black Transitional Kitchen

 

How have you mixed browns and blacks in your interior?

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