Welcoming, Red Entryway"I fell in love with the paper and decided that I wanted to use it in the apartment," says designer John Loecke. "The pattern was a nice fit with the homeowners' collection of 19th-century engravings of Chinese scenes."
The foyer became the natural place for the paper, says Loecke. "This area was all white and thus rather unwelcoming," he says. "The red gives the foyer a warm, welcoming feel. That's what red does for a space. It's inviting, puts you at ease and makes you want to come in."
To make you want to stay, Loecke carried the color from the foyer as an accent throughout the space. "The red notes throughout the rest of the apartment are a nice accent to the more neutral grays and blacks," he says.
Because red is such a powerful color, says Loecke, it can overwhelm a space. "I tend to use it en masse in smaller spaces, like foyers or powder rooms where you aren't spending a great deal of time," he says. "Rooms that you want to feel warm and inviting. Red will always create that warmth."
Photo by Wendell Webber