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Showcasing artwork was a priority in this foyer, and both Marsh and Reich loved the idea of creating a gallery-like display on the existing charcoal gray wall. The designers designed this vignette organically, simply combining their two design styles — putting in one piece, then another — with no set plan in mind. This casual plan resulted in a space that has a little something to appeal to any client's taste.
Tip: A gallery wall can help add life to a boring hallway, and the design possibilities are endless. If you like the look of mismatched pieces but want a touch of uniformity, try framing all your unrelated pieces in matching frames.
One of the main objectives for this space was to allow clients to envision the work of the designers in their own homes, so it was important to make it feel like a residential setting.
Using a higher table like this might be unexpected in between a pair of low chairs, but the layout works well in a foyer. The height of the table allows it to be eye catching to visitors on foot, but it still feels comfortable for guests sitting in the chairs.
Tip: Neutral ottomans are versatile but can sometimes seem bland. Using a tray breaks up the block of color and creates a useful place for storing essentials, such as the TV remote, and placing drinks.
Although all of these pieces came from the design firm's archives, Reich and Marsh arranged them in a fresh and unexpected way — proof that you don't always have to get rid of your furniture to find a new look.
"It's amazing how even designers think something we have is 'new' when they see it displayed in a new and fresh way," says Reich.
Tip: Adding extra seating to a room can be tricky. Small ottomans in an exciting shape or pattern, like these wooden pieces, can add interest. Use their versatility to fill dead space under tables and keep them near a chair for extra seating or propping up feet.