Hello LDV readers, it’s Nancy of Marcus Design blog here sharing an installment of Dissecting the Details with you today! I’m analyzing the work of NY-based high-end interior designer Timothy Whealon. Specifically, I thought it would be interesting to look at his layouts, use of space, and vignette design in entry ways and hallways. The entry is of all-importance as it’s the first impression of the home, and transition spaces and hallways must also be considered and maximized to create memorable moments. Let’s look at four defining features Timothy utilizes when designing these spaces.
ONE KEY FOCAL POINT
Within a hallway or passage way, Timothy creates interest by drawing you into the space and pulling you to move towards a key focal point. In the examples above, this focal point can be as simple as an inviting vignette including seating, or a mirror at the end of a hall, or even repetition of light fixtures down the hall as you see in the example directly above.
THOUGHTFUL PLACEMENT OF ART
Whether one large piece or a carefully curated grouping of artwork, this is a feature that is always immediately impactful. It’s a bonus if the artwork you display in these vignettes is of personal meaning to you and others that live in your home. As seen in the examples above, the art’s placement also enhances the furnishings placed with it.
I love Timothy’s keen eye and use of contemporary and antique pieces in entries and hallways. Each is carefully selected and leaves a very lasting impression in a space that guests might literally not spend more than two minutes passing through. Who could forget the amazing fabric on the settee above? Also note that each vignette displays bilaterally symmetry for greater impact.
SPECIAL WALL TREATMENTS
Grid paneling and millwork, textured grasscloth wallcoverings, and hand-painted chinoiserie treatments – I think it’s impossible to pick a favorite among these! One thing is for certain, each wall treatment creates a perfect and lasting first impression in a home. It’s often said that if the bones or the backdrop of the space is right, you can’t go wrong building from there, and in each of the cases above, I think that holds true!
There you have it, four key features implemented in Timothy Whealon’s entry and hallway spaces. I love to gleen wisdom like this from the seasoned designers I respect so much, so that I can try to bring some of what I love about their designs into my own home. Which feature is your favorite here?