When we moved into our current apartment last year I knew someday we’d have a baby and wanted our downtown apartment to feel really cool, adult and even rock and roll in the meantime.  With that in mind, we decided it’d be a fun experiment to paint the entire common area black.  The idea had been floating around in my mind for awhile, and I wasn’t ready to pitch it to any of my design clients without trying it first.

So we painted everything black and about a month later I found out I was pregnant and started craving a more family friendly aesthetic. Now, over a year later we’re making some changes!  Here’s the thing about painting a room black… it all depends on one thing- natural light.  Our living room is flooded with natural light, and we couldn’t love the black walls in there any more!  We’re keeping that area painted black, and that’s another blog post for another day.  However, our entryway doesn’t get nearly as much natural light, so we decided to change things up a bit…

That’s another “before” shot above.  Black walls, black dresser, ornate gold and black mirror.  The entryway “art” consisted of lacquered peace signs, and a banner purchased during my bachelorette party that reads Every 12 seconds someone remembers we’re all in this together.  I wish I was joking.  Here’s what things are looking like these days…

Everything, including the dresser, got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White.

I also picked up new knobs for the dresser, a new mirror to hang above it, and then collected accessories from other areas of our home to give new life to the area.

For art, one of my favorite creative companies Minted stepped in to help.  Minted is an online market place that connects you with independent artists from all over the world. They source their pieces through on-going art competitions. Pretty cool, right?  I picked out this piece called Visionary 2 by Taleen Bedikian and it arrived framed, ready to hang.  We couldn’t be happier with how it looks in the new entryway!

So much better!

[Photos By Hallie Duesenberg]

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6 Responses to Entryway Makeover

  1. Kathy canham says:

    I liked them bit but see your point. It’s lovely!

  2. My Urban Family says:

    I love that you painted your walls black and then the entry white! That is such a fun contrast! I always love really deep colors in big, light filled rooms :)

  3. So Chic Life says:

    Love the white so much better! Did you paint the dresser yourself? I just purchased new knobs from Anthro too. Totally change the piece of furniture. Can’t wait to see more! http://sochiclife.com

  4. Marcy says:

    A. Can you come over right away. Walls are all white! Plumbing going in Today! ( We have enough that doesn’t work to furnish a whole new townhouse.) I’m thinking of doing a wall in our entryway and becomes the stair”well” wall on one side with black Stikwood. Wish you were here to weigh in. Snuggle that baby for me. Marcy VT

  5. Anna says:

    Love how much the white color scheme brightens up the space!

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