Creating a Sophisticated, Southern-Style Entry That's Still Kid-Friendly

This traditional home proves you can have a sophisticated and welcoming entryway with kids and pets in mind.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Festive Stairwell

In the entry of this traditional Southern house in Atlanta, a custom-welded iron railing honors the architecture while also introducing a material durable enough to withstand high traffic.

Oversized Lighting

A 36-inch-wide traditional orb chandelier keeps the entry and staircase of the home adequately lit. In addition to keeping the space illuminated and honoring the home's architecture, the large-scale fixture helps ground the room.

Transitional Draperies

When adding draperies to a high-traffic area used by adults, kids and pets, opt for fabrics that are forgiving. A transitional, neutral-hued fabric contrasts nicely with the greige walls. As little fingers or paws come into contact with the material, its neutral coloring and medium-scale pattern will hide any smudges or stains.

Pretty Powder Room

To make the small powder room appealing to both kids and adults, its walls are covered in a large-scale wallpaper featuring colorful peacocks. In tiny powder rooms like this one, small, medium and large patterns work well. But in larger bathrooms, wallpaper with small patterns can make the space look cluttered.

Welcoming Home Gallery

To add a playful, sophisticated touch to this entry hallway, designer Brian Patrick Flynn turned its walls into an art gallery packed with pieces that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Curating Your Art

Interior designers recommend editing an assortment of different styles, eras, shapes, colors and textures into a gallery wall. Similar to gallery owners curating exhibits, this editing process results in a perfectly balanced grouping.

Growing Your Gallery

Although it may seem counterintuitive, it's a good idea to leave space in a hallway art gallery for pieces that will eventually be added. When doing this, keep the art grouped along the center and lower areas of the wall, then allow the art to grow upward towards the top of the walls.

Colorful Pop Art

The focal point of the entry's hallway gallery is a colorful pop-art piece by artist Mark Boomershine. Pop art is an excellent way to add sophisticated style to any room while also making it feel young and fresh.

Large Artwork

When creating a gallery grouping, it's smart to include one over-scale piece to take up more wall space. Any time a variety of large, small and medium pieces are grouped together, a wall will look balanced. If only small art is used, the look can appear busy.

Local Additions

This paper sculpture from dk Gallery in Marietta, Ga., adds a folk-art touch to the hallway. To get a similar look, add kids' paper crafts inside a shadow box and display the boxes in groups.

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