Mood Board: Asian art entryway

This mood board was created for a client who had just moved into her new condo.  Like many condos within larger buildings, the entryway was really a small part of a larger hallway.  It also got very little natural light and was rather, well, to be honest, stark.  My client had also been trying to find a place to display a several woodblock prints she had collected on business trips to Japan.  So we decided to make her entryway a warm, welcoming space that also gave her art collection a space to live and grow…

The first thing we did was settle on a warm paint color.  This shade of peach, while quite vibrant, works well in the space for both day and evening light. We countered some of the feminine aspects of this peach by balancing in some earthier wood tones in the client’s art (not pictured) and the large area rug.

Lighting, as I mentioned, was a huge obstacle in this space.  The new lighting was broken into two sources:  a ceiling light and table lamp.  This way, the client can use the overhead light for full room lighting (for future events like welcoming guests to a party), but she also has the option of just leaving a nice lamp on for a cosy glow when she comes home after a long day at work.  The natural feel of the ceiling fixture shade turns it into a nice neutral piece.  The jade glazing of the lamp adds some nice texture to the classic ginger jar shape.

I am a big believer of practicality when it comes to any entry space.  No matter how beautiful you can design a foyer to be, if the client can’t put their mail down to take their coat off, the job is incomplete.  The aged wood console table is an elegant solution as a place to put your mail and that cosy jade lamp.

On a similar note, I added a little lotus bowl to catch any other small items, like car keys or sunglasses.  The small horse statue is a decorative nod to all the lovely equine sculpture found across generations of Asian art.

This client and I both live on the eastern seaboard, so we know that rain can be a part of any day.  By adding a large, deep umbrella stand with some painted gold finishing, leaving a damp umbrella open to dry will not turn the entryway into a mudroom.

Last, but most important, I centered a wall mirror over the table.  I chose the frame very carefully, so as not to compete with the larger Japanese art prints. The simple bamboo profile of this mirror discreetly maintains the Asian ambiance we have build with bigger pieces in the space.  The mirror will serve many practical uses as my client leaves the house everyday (hair check, lipstick check, etc.), while also bouncing some of that soft lamp light glow around the room to wherever it is needed.

Keeping the furniture and decor pieces in the same style family as the incoming art collection gives the art a solid foundation on which to be the real show-stopper.  By using Asian design from several different countries and periods of history, the client will be able to grow her Asian art collection as she desires, without worrying if any new items will “match” the pieces back home.

Unique, affordable, comfortable living.

What do you like about this design?  Are there any colors in this design plan that really speak to you?  How do feel about using an “unfinished” wood table? Let me know what you think!

Posted on March 15, 2011, in Mood Boards. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is really gorgeous. I might be calling you for my front hall in the fall. Asian isn’t my thing, but I could see the same kind of thing with African art. I have a few pieces, but I’ve never been able to get everything to really go together well. I didn’t realize that the binding agent could be a really nice paint color or rug. You’re awesome!

  2. We’ve been lucky to collect a few Asian pieces in our travels. This mood board has given me some new ideas on arrangement of some of our pieces.

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