When a design writer goes in search of photos of beautifully-decorated common-hall entryways, one generally turns up, well, nothing. Renters have to overcome some tall mental hurdles – creeping thoughts of "this is temporary" and "I don't own this place" – to even start decorating the inside of their apartment and making it home. Suggesting that they let their style spill over and claim (temporary) ownership of their tiny sliver of the shared hallway? Well that's asking a lot.
But first impressions and curb appeal are just as important in a home that you rent, and there are small (and, yes, reversible) things you can do to give yourself an entryway you love to step up to. A home that guests will coo over before they even walk inside the door.
No, not all of these photos are apartment front doors. Like I said, it's tough to find great examples of hallway decorating done right. But these are great examples of how you can style your shared space by adding something simple and beautiful, like...
A Beautiful, Seasonal Wreath
You don't have to wait until the holidays. With a removable command hook or one of those over-the-door wreath hangers, dress up the front of your door with a wreath that's apropos of the season.
Potted Plants & Plant Stands
A little greenery never hurt anybody. A pair of potted plants on either side of the doorway (or maybe a cluster of plant stands, or a small potted tree) can go a long way into making your front stoop feel like home.
A Great Doormat
Like art for the floor, grab one that matches your style and sets a friendly tone for anyone who might step inside.
Add a Chair or Another Small Piece of Furniture
Does your apartment open up to a breezeway? Guess what? That's usable outdoor living space. If it's within the rules where you rent, consider adding a small patio chair or even a bistro set to the space right outside your front door. Treat your little section of the breezeway like a very public balcony.
Order a vinyl decal of your apartment unit number and stick it right onto the door. It not only looks great, it will also help the pizza guy find your apartment even faster. Win, win.