Entry area: furniture and accessories


The entry is the first and last stop in your home that welcomes your guests. But what furniture and accessories to put in, to make the entry more functional and stylish?

The answer depends mostly on the size of the foyer. Some homes have a large entry that can accommodate much furniture, like a console, one or two armchairs and a side table. Some other homes, especially small apartments, do not even have a separate room to create a foyer. In this case, you can consider placing only a narrow console next to the entry door and a mirror atop. Another parameter is the needs of your family. They are families that tend to accumulate piles of items while others are more organized.

So before opting for specific furniture and accessories, measure your space and evaluate thoroughly your needs.

Think about how you could create a focal point that makes a statement about the character of your home: Every room or functional area needs a focal point. In an entry the focal point could be a piece of art, a pendant light, an impressive table lamp, a mirror, a framed photo, an antique vase etc. Remember, that the entry is the place that says "welcome" to your guest.


What wall paint color to choose for my apartment entryway?



Reader’s question

"I need your help ..... Opening the front door we can see a wall which leads to the living/dining room. The walls are painted in vanilla white and the furniture pieces are in walnut stained wood in neoclassical style. At the entrance hall I would like to place a white commode. What paint color to choose for the entrance hall walls to pair nicely with the living room and the commode, as well? Thank you in advance."


Arranging bookshelves with style


Bookshelves are primarily used to store books. They are also used to showcase artwork, photos, collectibles, souvenirs and to store paperbacks, and small items. Take a look at the following tips and tricks, to make your bookshelves more stylish and interesting.

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What constructions to flank my fireplace with? 


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Reader’s question

“I would like to know if I could flank the fireplace in my living room with some constructions. I would also like your advice on furniture placement and paint color choices. The area is 12sqm."


Glossy vs Matte wall paint


Wall paints come in a variety of finish gloss levels. They generally come in five finishes: flat (or matte), eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. However, there is no industry standard for paint sheens, so one manufacturer’s satin finish can be another manufacturer’s semi-gloss or eggshell paint.


A DIY Pallet bed frame


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Maker/photographer: Ariadni Simeonidou

Pallet bed frames are both inexpensive and functional and can be easily assembled and dissadembled if required. However, rescue pallets need careful treatment before placed inside the bedroom, since they were previously exposed to dirt and rain.


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