Before & After: Devyn's Statement Entry Gallery

Before & After: Devyn's Statement Entry Gallery

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New York, NY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
After more than 50 open houses, we were in love as soon as we set foot inside our 22 foot long entry gallery. Our 1910 apartment has nearly always been a rental and was very tired, but the bones were there, and I knew it could be an exceptional home. Even before we were in contract, I was planning on how to transform our long entry hall from boring, banal, and beige, into an entry gallery. A space that immediately made a statement and drew you into our home. We decided to go dark and use lighting as a tool. We we wanted the emphasis to be focused on the art on one side and my photography on the other. I was also excited to have enough room for a bench for putting on shoes. To balance the area with the bench, it made sense to install a 'fauxdenza' for storage. But the real key was going dramatic on the lighting, ensuring the art and photography was well lit, and the ceiling completely disappeared adding to the drama. We feel our space is warm, welcoming, and interesting.
My makeover advice::
Be willing to do something bold. Be willing to look outside of traditional home interiors for inspiration. Be willing to take some risk. Be willing to take the time to figure it out before rushing into it.

The lighting and dark rich color is the trick in this space. Everything in the space is basically ordinary, but with the right backdrop and lighting, everything is elevated to a higher level of importance. We also believe that interesting spaces don't require a huge amount of money to transform them. Our entry gallery came in at about $1,600 in total.
What I love most about my new space::
We both love the sense of drama and sense of importance when we come home. The mere act of walking between my front door and living room always puts a smile on my face. It makes a bold statement without being pretentious.
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