Minted Framed Print (c/o)
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Decorating A Small New York City Apartment
Living in New York City means space and storage come at a premium. I recently got around to fixing up my small apartment entryway and wanted to share some decor tips to achieve a functional yet still stylish foyer.
4 Tips for How to Decorate A Small Entryway
1. Stick to One Theme
They say your entryway, as the first step into your home, should set the tone for the rest of the house. Somehow the overwhelming color palette in my apartment ended up being blue so I carried this into my entryway by placing a blue bench and large blue framed print in the space.
For example: If you’re going for a Scandinavian feel, try a minimalist black, white and grey approach. If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper, aim for a wooden bench and rustic chic.
Most people like to add a mirror by the entryway for a quick outfit and makeup check before they head out the door. A great way to carry over an interiors theme is to find a unique mirror: a carved inlaid wood frame for a boho theme, a thin black rimmed mirror for a minimalist look or a gold scrolled theme for a girly, whimsical design.
photography via Jenna Sue
Small Entryway Mirror Ideas
Small Entryway Accessories
2. Play with Proportion
Even though the entry way is extremely small (there’s no way I could fit one of those gorgeous Architectural Digest round tables with a statement making vase), the apartment has decent height so I decided to play up that feature by using a low seating bench. It measures 47 inches across with a 17 inch seat height.
Then, to draw the eye upward, I installed an extra large framed print at 54″ high, excluding the frame. I bought the piece from Minted, which has a wide selection of photography, graphic and typography prints plus limited edition fine art prints. The piece I selected happens to come from a local artist in Brooklyn and you can choose to buy the print with or without a frame and with or without the artist’s signature. I chose framed and with the signature and the print arrived beautifully done and well packaged for shipment. Since the art and bench both have the same underlying blue color tone, I think the high and low play well with each other.
Eventually I’d also love to add some interesting baskets for additional storage or glass vases for branches or flowers.
Example photo via Kara Rosenlund
Small Entryway Art Ideas
Small Entryway Bench Ideas
3. Add Texture and Pops of Color
I love texture and color to liven up a space. The entry way has parquet flooring, which I personally think is a huge eyesore, so I used a fun silver cowhide rug from Rugs USA to blanket the floor. This one is made from real cowhide so is a little more pricey than knock off versions (but well worth it in my opinion) and has a great stiff hair texture and beautiful silver sheen.
I doubled up with a small soft sheepskin right under the bench for a second layer of texture. Also, slipping out of high heels and on to the sheepskin is the coziest feeling!
Finally, I added in this soft striped yellow cashmere throw for an eye catching pop of color and a hint of pattern. Small entryways can get cluttered easily so add maybe 1-3 elements of color and texture to liven up a space without overwhelming it.
Example photo via TheVaultFiles.com
Small Entryway Throw & Pillow Ideas
Small Entryway Rug Ideas
4. Keep It Functional
I have to admit, I’m still working on this last tip as my space isn’t quite finished yet. I’m hoping to add a small console to store keys and mail. For now I put everything away on my desk and leave my keys in my bag, which helps to reduce clutter so it’s fine. But eventually I’d love to find a table that’s both thin (depth wise) and narrow (length wise) that can still hold a tray and fit in my space!
Another way to maximize functionality is to add hooks to easily hang keys, leashes and coats. I love fun and quirky hooks to really liven up a space. Also, if there’s room under a bench or console, adding baskets is a great way to store slippers, umbrellas and less used accessories that you still want easy access to.
Example photo via Domino
Small Entryway Table Ideas
Small Entryway Storage Ideas
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