Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Making an Entrance



Entryways and hallways are so often ignored in decorating, but they can be a wonderful opportunity to create some serious drama in these pass-through spaces. Even if your entry or hallway is small, I suggest going big with larger scale patterns and a few large pieces of furniture or accessories as smaller patterns and pieces can just make a small space feel even smaller and (horror of horrors!) more cluttered. 

If you're looking for some inspiration or guidance, Nicky Haslam's work at a stylish London townhouse really does set the bar for stunning hallways. In the entryway (shown above), the wide set chocolate and cream stripes visually widen the narrow entry and pack a major graphic punch. I also love the single topiary -- a classic, tailored touch. A whimsical stair rail adds a touch of levity.



A round hallway is played up with a modern medallion on the floor and circular moldings on the doors. 


Sure, these over scale moldings are over the top, but they add undeniable drama, especially when paired with high gloss chocolate brown walls and a contrasting slate blue ceiling.


All photographs courtesy of Nicky Haslam Design.

10 comments:

EFT Manual said...

What a very breath taking entrance! It's like I'm a princess living in a gorgeous palace! I love the staircase!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Crazy fab!

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

Stunning! Love the repeated circular theme ~ and the undeniable elegance of it all.

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Those doors! So dramatic but so lovely!

Colette said...

HI there, thank you so much for the beautiful post! Hope you will check out our blog too at www.nh-design.co.uk/blog. x Colette

Christy said...

I absolutely LOVE it and would love to have a staircase railing like that one day. Swoon!

Chic Coles said...

We love are loving that black and white floor.

quintessence said...

I love EVERYTHING Nicky Haslam does. That is one talented man. Fabulous images!!

The Zhush said...

Drama indeed! Wow! Love it!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Even if these are far grander of the average entry, it's true. I did a seminar for a local shop and my topic was "First Impressions:The Foyer", so I love this!

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