Our Entry Makeover & Tips for Styling a Table

October 28, 2020 1 By EngineerMommy

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Our entryway has bothered me for years. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I first designed it; it didn’t fit my design aesthetic and it wasn’t all that pretty to look at. Here’s the original entryway area..

As you can see, I had this big gray shelf that I attached to the wall. While I liked the shelf itself, I loathed the shelf supports. I think these supports were probably intended for a closet area or some place less visible. Then I had two smaller decorative shelves and this rectangular mirror with an ornate frame. There was nothing wrong with this setup in theory, but it was a busy space and felt too cluttered with multiple shelves & a dozen little decor pieces strewn throughout. 

When I envisioned our new entryway area, I immediately thought of big stripes in a subtle color.. ya know, for a fun pop of pizzazz! So we added some painter’s tape to the wall and began painting. Luckily, both the background color and the stripe color were colors we had on hand already.

I had fallen in love with the modern round mirrors I’ve been seeing in decor magazines, so I was thrilled when our round mirror finally arrived. I also ordered a modern console table that was made of wood and glass; it needed assembly but you can see some of the parts in the following image.

Here’s the wall after the paint was dry. The colors are subtle and elegant, I think. It definitely adds some extra visual interest to this wall. 

And here’s the wall with the mirror and table set up. It’s such a beautiful, bright space now!!

I really couldn’t be happier with our new entryway. It totally puts a smile on my face whenever I come home now.

By the way, when it comes to styling a table in the home, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Groups of odd items look best. I don’t make the rules; I just pass them along haha. Think of groupings of 1, 3 or 5 items.
  • Add some height. When designing any space in the home, variation is best. Think of adding some super tall elements to bring the eye up!
  • Bigger is better. In general, when it comes to adding decor to the shelves, bigger pieces look better than smaller pieces. They add more visual interest (and look more expensive!!) than smaller items.

Do you follow any of these rules when styling a table in your home? 

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