Ready for an entry makeover? I have one today that might give you some ideas for your own entry. My friend, Brenda reached out to me wanting to update her entry and asked what wallpaper I would suggest. Hard for me to just suggest something….so I offered to do a mini makeover for her! She lives in a rental and has for almost 10 years, she would love to buy it! But since it is a rental we decided that removable wallpaper would be the quickest and smartest way to add some character to her space. Her entry is also lacking an entry closet. So I came up with a couple ways to add some storage and make her entry more organized.
And I want to thank Tempaper for sponsoring this entry makeover. I use their removable wallpaper all the time (and in my own home), they are always so great to help us complete projects so I can share more ideas with all of you! Plus they gave me a coupon code to share with all of you- NESTING20 will get you 20% off sold by the roll prints! Let’s take a look at the entry before….
This entry has really great wood work and hardwood floors. But with the dark dresser it was making the space feel dark and closed in. I came up with a design plan first before buying anything. Our starting off point was the removable wallpaper, since that was the main thing Brenda wanted to add to her entry!
Entry Design Plan-
I always recommend creating a design board and coming up with a plan before you even start buying anything. For this entry plan, wallpaper was our first choice in the design process. I gave her some options that I thought would work best for her space. After we picked the wallpaper I picked a rug then went from there! Doing this will save you so much time from running around. This does not mean you have to buy everything online or even buy new. It will just give you a goal! For instance in this plan you would know that you want to look for navy lamps because they bring out the colors in the rug and add some contrast. This stops you from go shopping for white lamps, to come home disappointed they don’t look good.
Ta-da!! It feels so much bigger and brighter than it did before!! And now everything has a home. Let’s look at the entry before again…..
I will break it all down below. But I do want to point out she still has her bike and keeps it here. We are planning on hanging it on the wall (just need the right hook). Then the bike will be part of the decor and seem like it isn’t an after-thought.
Don’t you just love this wallpaper? Instantly transformed the space! I also love that renters (like Brenda) can enjoy wallpaper too. This Goodbye Moon Wallpaper feels mid-century and also modern. You can get it in a darker color too. It is part of Tempaper new collection. I have to say it as one of the easiest wallpapers I have installed, and I have installed a lot of paper! The pattern was quick to match up and is very forgiving. Since this is an older home, the wall is slightly bowed, making it a little tricky to get it to lay perfectly. Thankfully you don’t notice the flaws.
I have several blog posts with wallpaper tips (you can also watch videos on Tempaper Website HERE) but below are a couple of simple removable wallpaper installing tips-
Removable Wallpaper Tips-
- Overlap your paper. Don’t try to match up the paper right next to each other. Instead slightly overlap. On a bowed wall we had to overlap about 1/8- 1/4″ inch to keep the wallpaper from being 1/4″ off by the time we got to the bottom!
- Don’t line up the paper right on the ceiling. Instead leave at least 2-5″ extra at the top and the bottom.
- Smooth your wallpaper as you go– but bubbles are ok. It is hard to not have any bubbles, especially on imperfect walls. Just pop them with a prick of the razor blade.
- Make sure you pattern is level– you can stand back and eyeball it or use a level. Just remember to take time to stand back to look!
You can figure out exactly how much wallpaper you need by multiplying the total width x height in feet. Or even easier use Tempaper FREE Wallpaper Calculator HERE.
If you are doing an accent wall of wallpaper I suggest using a paint color that is close to the wallpaper background. Thankfully the paint Brenda had on her walls matched up really well we didn’t have to paint!
Shop Tempaper Designs, self adhesive removable wallpaper HERE. No wallpaper paste required to install or to remove! I am loving THIS Moroccan wallpaper and trying to think what project I can use it for! NESTING20 will get you 20% off sold by the roll prints!
Entry Storage Ideas with No Closet-
I think a lot of us can relate to not a lot of storage in an entry! In this entry we are missing an entry closet. When you don’t have an entry closet you have to be thoughtful with the furniture you buy. A wall hook for coats is essential. Brenda already had that wood wall hook and I loved it in her space. Also baskets!! We added THIS floor basket that she can put oversized bags or larger items in.
We took out the dark dresser that was in this entry. We could have painted it to lighten it, but it was just too deep for the space. I found THIS super affordable console that we could put baskets in for storage. THESE baskets fit perfectly! Baskets for shoes and a little stool to put them on and take them off are both important to an entry.
Completing the Entry with Finishing Pieces-
A mirror is kind-of a must-have! But I recommend the mirror not be facing you as you enter the home. It can be alarming and not very welcoming to see your reflection starting right at you as walk in! Instead have your mirror face into the room, not out of the home. not only is a mirror a place to check your self but it also can brighten up a dark entry. (Find the mirror we used HERE).
A rug to protect your floors and also soften your space is important too! I loved how THIS rug has the colors we were looking for!
A plant or two is always a welcome site. Her entry get’s pretty good light. I also decorated with a couple of her personal items that she has collected from traveling.
I hope that gave you some inspiration! Decorating your entry is a good place to start if you are unsure of where to invest your time and money. The entry is often the only place a lot of people see and it set’s the mood and tone as you walk through the rest of your home. Plus it can be frustrating not having a place for all the things!
Couple more before and after images and then you can click on an image to shop this post if you are looking for something!
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