Design + Architecture
Apartment entryway a mess? Here’s how to add organization and style
“Entryways in New York City apartments and townhouses are typically given short shrift—even a true foyer might lack obvious storage capabilities. Newer developments tend to forego foyers altogether in favor of offering a large, open living space. Yet the entry is your home’s first impression, so who wants it to signal disarray and disorganization? It’s also the last place you see when you leave, ideally without having to hunt down your Metro card or car keys.
What’s more, the hallway is off limits in most apartment buildings, meaning you need a parking place for the stroller and kids’ sporting gear. Sometimes the laundry room or mudroom (we’ve got tips on how to add one) can do the heavy lifting, but more likely the entry bears the brunt of daily life.
‘Entryways that are stuffed with coat and shoe racks can feel chaotic,’ says Adam Meshberg, principal of Meshberg Group, an architecture and interior design firm specializing in new developments and historic restorations. He advises New Yorkers to think about the entryway as the mood setter for the rest of the home—i.e., keep it clean but warm and inviting…
Meshberg also likes to use lighting to make an entryway more inviting. For example, in a Jay Street loft-to-condo conversion project (above), the elongated hallway has warm lighting along the ceiling, ‘creating a welcoming pathway that opens up to the rest of the unit,’ he says. This certainly beats being confronted with a pile-up of shoes (which here can be kept behind the closet door).” – BY EVELYN BATTAGLIA, excerpt Brick Underground
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