Paint the interior of the boxes the colour of the floor or a darker charcoal and use a montage of black and white photos framed with a selection of white frames. if you area family you could have one side for one family and the other- could also be for family memorabilia.
Boring small entrance - any ideas?
Ideas for ugly front entrance
Need ideas for entry
Help improve front landscape/entrance!
need something popped high out of reach of the kiddies though I can see it already as a ledge for them to sit on.
Another idea- perhaps you could insert some glass shelves and a light in each one - pieces of glassware could look spectacular but this wouldn't be a cheap option.
Hi, there seem to be a lot of themes clashing in this entry. the front door is very modern, bold and masculine, yet the wallpaper is Classical, feminine and recessive. also, the grey tones are similiar but don't match/ suit each other. there doesn't seem to be warmth to the space, which is what i would want to add. finally, the mirror opposite the front door is proportionally wrong for the wall - and the colour/ shape don't suit the scheme.
firstly, lets scratch the dainty look - you have a modern house, so let's work with what we have.
for the walls, i would select a dark beige colour, something earthy but don't go too yellow. this will contrast well with the grey tiles and add warmth to the space. further, this will better suit the timber tones in the front door. you could even get paint with sand added for a softer and more luxurious touch.
i would also continue this colour scheme down the hall since you cannot break the paint colour mid-wall.
the hanging piece on the wall opposite the front door should match the proportion to the front door (it doesn't have to be the same size, but it should match the proportions) - this will look great when visitors approach the door because they can see through - so there is a little bit of mirroring - this is perhaps your opportunity to add some softness - by softness, i mean nature - you could have a painting of ferns or plants - some green perhaps. again, this will bring a bit of your outside garden in.
the niche's are always a dilemma - these should only be built into a design if you have a specific object to house in them - also, these modern niches are too narrow to put a proper object in, which limits you to putting a painting in there. i would be looking for a limestone wall sculpture ( like a carving) because this would react well with the downlight in the niche.
to add some glamour/ opulence without making it too much of a contrast with the rest of the house, i would also choose a modern but large skirting board - i'd even paint it in a gloss white to create a stark contrast with the grey tiles and the beige walls.
finally, to glam up the walls, i'd add some wall lights - we don't have the ceiling height for an elaborate chandelier - and even if we did, the space isn't big enough for so much light - we want something ambient and gentle. 2 on each wall (either side of the niches) plus 1 on either side of the new painting - remember to stick to the modern theme - there are some classy black fittings that have notes of classicism without the bedazzling.
get a nice thick black frame for your new painting as well.