Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Accessories

Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Accessories

Entryways not only connect the outside of your home to your interior (see my last three blog posts, Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Furniture, Color on the Walls, and Lighting)  but they are also the first impression of your home’s style and who you are.  

What about accessories – and what do those include?  Art…which can provide color, texture and connections to other areas of your home; in the photo below from New England Home, the framed prints which create a gallery wall, provide texture, as well as keeping with the overall neutral palette, and drawing the eye up the stairs.  Their scale keeps the space intimate.


Or perhaps one colorful painting to draw your eye?


Mirrors – you can place a mirror over a console table or cabinet, but how about a large mirror in a Mid-Century entryway, anchors the space over a bench?


In a small, narrow entryway, how about multiple mirrors on hooks?


Decorative hooks as part of a mirror…


And while entryways and the more formal foyers are not meant to be mudrooms, how about some simple, decorative ways to hang items?

Grids of hooks over a radiator become a design element…


More hooks…if you have some wall space and your entryway needs to work as well as have some style!






Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Interior Lighting

Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Interior Lighting

Entryways not only connect the outside of your home to your interior (see my last two blog posts, Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Furniture and Color on the Walls, they are the first impression of your home’s style and who you are.  Is your home traditional?






Have a small entryway?


Lighting is extremely important in any interior; for an entryway, there is typically some kind of overhead fixture, that will allow you to see where you are going!  

What if you only have a recessed fixture?? There are kits that allow you to convert the recessed light to one that will accept other types of fixtures.  Amazon, Home Depot and other retailers carry these conversion kits.  You can then add a flush or semi-flush fixture, or depending on ceiling height, even a pendant or chandelier.  Or you may already have a ceiling mounted fixture, but it’s time for an upgrade. How do you decide what type and size of fixture?

Ceiling fixture size...width.

Let’s start with how to determine the correct ceiling fixture size: one rule of thumb is to take the entryway width and add that number in feet to the height (also in feet) which will give you the diameter of the fixture in inches.  If you have a small entryway, and your width measurement is 4 feet, and your ceiling height is 8 feet, you would select a fixture with a 12 inch diameter.

This is by no means a hard rule;  think of it as a guideline.  For this space, if you were to find a great 14 inch diameter fixture, go for it!   If you prefer oversize fixtures, there is no problem with going larger, but be aware of both the diameter and the height of any fixture.


What about ceiling fixture height?? If you have a lower ceiling, a flush or semi-flush fixture may make the most sense, but with a taller ceiling, the height of the fixture can increase with an increase in ceiling height;  pendants and chandeliers are a great choice for higher ceilings.

A rule of thumb for taller ceilings is 2-3 inches of height for every foot of ceiling height.  For a 12 foot ceiling, you could select a 24-36 inch fixture height.  In a larger entryway, you may be able to also add sconces, particularly if there is a table or chest against one wall.





Make sure that you pick a ceiling fixture with adequate lighting for the area (at least 800 lumens, but ideally more, 1100 lumens) and put it on a dimmer.  Also, I don’t recommend table or floor lamps in small entryways, since they are easy to knock over; they are fine in larger entryways, where table or floor lamps are not in danger of being bumped.

Color temperature is also something to be aware of, for any room; what is it?  It’s how cool or warm the light being emitted from a fixture is.  On the chart below, going from left to right,, warmer light that makes us and our surroundings (living rooms, bedrooms, etc.) warmer is typically in the high 2000’s (measured in degrees Kelvin), second from the far left.  I would recommend 2700K for entryways.


For task areas, like kitchens and baths, slightly cooler warm light (measured in degrees Kelvin) is usually a good choice (like 3000K). And some lighting experts recommend even cooler light, in the 4000K range for task work in offices, garages, etc., with commercial applications approaching daylight, at over 6000K.

It is best to match the color temperature of all the light fixtures in one area, so if you have multiple fixtures in your entryway, select light bulbs or integral LED fixtures in the same color temperature.  And you can find color temperature information on any light bulb packaging;   if a fixture comes with an integrated LED, the color temperature will be specified in the fixture details.

As always, select a fixture (just like other details…) that makes a connection to the rest of your home!


Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Color on the Walls

Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Color on the Walls

Entryways not only connect the outside of your home to your interior (see my last blog post, Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Furniture) but they are the first impression of your home’s style and who you are.

When you are deciding what color makes sense in your entryway, wall color is the foundation; it provides a backdrop for any furniture and accessories you may include.

Considering wall color, it can coordinate with other wall colors in your home, or strike out on its own, and could be a color that you feature in accessories in an adjacent area; and what about wallpaper??

A continuation and connection to nearby areas….


A contrast that still coordinates…


Something that’s bright and welcoming, from the Gropius House in Lincoln, MA, that coordinates with the cork flooring on the stairs;


And more orange…that coordinates well with the accessories shown…


What about wallpaper?

Something more traditional, but with color and impact?


So colorful!!  Maharani wallpaper by Osborne and Little.


Something that’s quieter, but provides pattern and interest…and connection to other spaces in the home.




Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Furniture

Entryways and Interior Design – Moving from the Outside, In – Furniture

Entryways – Transition from Exterior to Interior

In the grand and historic homes of the past, entryways, typically called foyers, were large and welcoming; stairways were often part of the entryways.  It was important to have a transition area from the exterior to the interior, where guests could be greeted, and guests and residents could remove their coats, boots and more.  Some of the foyers were more about guests…and making a statement about your home as they entered.  This is still true, particularly in the larger and more formal homes of today.



And foyers did and do more…they provided a glimpse of the rest of the house; a starting point for the personality of the house.

What about the rest of us who live in smaller homes, particularly those built after WWII?  My own 1960s ranch style home has a small entry that opens into the living room.  We have a closet, but no space for furniture or shelving.  What can you do??

Start by thinking about about connecting the entryway to other areas of your home;  what style and period is your home from and what colors predominate?  And let’s start with a small piece of furniture or two!  Let’s assume that you have storage for coats, and other outerwear and shoes, but  your entry way is lacking style.

If you have room to move in your entryway, you might want to add a credenza, or small table;  not only as a design element, but somewhere to put mail, keys and other items temporarily;  what else do you need to access, on your way out?  Do you also need storage for small items, like spare keys, pens, etc.?  The important thing is to make sure you can flow through the space easily, regardless of the season and your added outerwear;  measure any new furniture item first, and make sure it doesn’t prevent access to any doors or interior openings.

Eclectic with a nod to the past… www.housebeautiful.com


A traditional gate-leg table and mirror… www.bhg.com

What about furniture with clean lines, with a nod to Mid-Century or Shaker?

This mid-century buffet/console is in the entry of the Field Farm Bed and Breakfast in Williamstown, MA KDZ Designs Photo


Contemporary console – Shaker influence – www.rejuvenation.com

The Zimmerman House Entryway – Frank Lloyd Wright – The Magazine Antiques – Mid-Century…

Hill Town Home Interior Renovation – Primary Bath

Hill Town Home Interior Renovation – Primary Bath

My client bought his new home, a solidly built 1990s two-story contemporary, in 2021 – during the height of the Pandemic. He chose to start updating his home interiors by consulting with me and we worked with talented local contractors, subcontractors and showrooms in renovating the kitchen and existing baths. This blog entry shows both the pre- and post-renovation primary bath; the new primary bath was created using the existing footprint of the hall and original second floor primary bath, which shared a wall. The new shower fits into the pre-renovation tub/shower footprint. Pre-renovation photos follow the post-renovation ones.

Hill Town Renovation contractors and sub-contractors: Benjamin John, General Contractor, BRJ Builders; Mike Jennings, Jennings Paperhanging; BK Tile and Stone (tile showroom and installation); Mid-State Kitchens (cabinet and countertop showroom and design); Benjamin Moore paints, GrowHouseGrow wallpaper, American Standard, Delta, Brizo, Hansgrohe, Grohe fixtures, Cambria and Silestone countertops, Connecticut Lighting, Hinkley and George Kovacs Lighting. Post-renovation photos by Amy Crosby Photography.


Freestanding tub – nested under the skylight as you walk into the bathroom

View from shower-vanity area toward the entry, tub, etc.

View toward shower and vanity




Shower-head, hand-shower, jets…














Vanity details, including hardware













Brizo Faucet













Before the Renovation:















Field Farm – Mid-20th Century Design

Field Farm – Mid-20th Century Design

The guest house at Field Farm - The view from the pond.

The guest house at Field Farm – The view from the pond.

If you like Mid-Century Modern design, go to Field Farm in Williamstown, Massachusetts!  The grounds and views are lovely and you can stay there,  as the house is now a bed and breakfast. This post focuses on the guest house and its grounds;  the next post will be about The Folly, a freestanding guest house on the same property.  The Mid-Century vibe is everywhere!

As part of my receiving the Valerie Moran Grant, from the IFDA Educational Foundation, I visited the Guest House at Field Farm. A 20th century historic home, built by Lawrence and Eleanore Bloedel in the late 1940s, this main house was bequeathed to the Trustees of the Reservations on the death of Eleanore in the 1980s. The architect of the main house was Edwin Goodell. The Folly was designed in the 1960s by Ulrich Franzen. The Folly wasn’t open during my initial visit, but I was able to tour it later. For more information on the history of the property and the houses, go to Field Farm History.

From the Trustees of the Reservations website;  the description of Field Farm:

The Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown MA, offers an authentic mid-century-modern Bed & Breakfast. This architectural gem is a museum of modern furnishings, that will transport you back in time. Featuring an unparalleled view of Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, it is a refreshing change from your usual bed & breakfast. The house and landscape feature period artwork and thirteen sculptures in the surrounding gardens. Explore the property or visit The Folly, a three-bedroom, pinwheel-shaped shingled guest cottage, designed in 1965 by noted modernist architect Ulrich Franzen.