Union Square Area Hallway Design, NYC

A Favorite New York City Hallway Project

A favorite New York City hallway project of mine involved revamping a 1989 building in the Union Square neighborhood. The goal of this project was to update the hallways of this 33-year-old post war building so that they would appear more fresh and traditional. It’s no surprise that “fresh traditional” is a universally appealing aesthetic, and the transformation pleased existing condo residents and attracted plenty of new buyers. What is “fresh traditional”, after all? This style is a combination of classic elements with a brighter, lighter color palette.

For this New York City hallway project, I tackled a number of components, which I’m highlighting below.

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Carpet

We designed a carpet pattern that features hints of traditional elements with a background texture that is very forgiving to dirt and traffic patterns. This is of course essential in a New York City hallway project, given that New Yorkers walk all around the city on a daily basis. The quality of the carpet should always be a top priority, and we opted for the best that our client could afford. In selecting the design, I made sure to opt for borders, which give the hallways a sense of intimacy as well as perform a function in that an “area rug” can be easily changed without visual effect if damaged.

Wall Covering

In this New York City hallway project, we led with slightly luminescent classic grasscloth patterned commercially rated vinyl wall covering that is washable and durable. A deeper, richer accent wall covering in a tiny complimentary texture at the elevator walls was used.

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Lighting

In this New York City hallway project, we led with slightly luminescent classic grasscloth patterned commercially rated vinyl wall covering that is washable and durable. A deeper, richer accent wall covering in a tiny complimentary texture at the elevator walls was used.

Union Square Area Hallway Design, NYC

Door Hardware

Though the building had lever hardware, the brass had lost its polish and was pitted, and the door knocker/viewer covers were a little too cutesy and traditional for the new design scheme. We changed the finishes to a brush chrome and did a circular door knocker that maintained a classic look but had cleaner lines.

Signage

Any New York City hallway requires map signs, stairwell signs, and apartment identification. In this space, this was done in brushed aluminum with a white fill for the lettering. This is incredibly different and chic compared to the more predictable black lettering and really added sophistication to the space.

This New York City hallway project was carefully completed to meet the needs of the residents in this downtown building, both in terms of aesthetic and practicality, and I am very pleased with the end results.

Sygrove Interior Design Services

Sygrove Associates Design Group is an NYC interior design company. Our company’s founder Marilyn Sygrove is the lead interior designer on all projects. And she’s as tough as you are when it comes to quality, aesthetics, and coming in on time and on budget.

It all starts with a design consultation with Marilyn. She takes the time to thoroughly understand your design needs then personally directs all interior design, planning, and installation activities. Her work has been delighting clients, co-op and condo boards, and homeowners for over 30 years.

You can reach Marilyn by email at hello@sygrove.com or call her directly at 212.757.0631.

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How to Make a Lobby Look More Luxurious

In my work as a New York City lobby and hallway designer, I have learned many tips and tricks for how to make a lobby look more luxurious. Read on as I share a few of my go to techniques!

Don’t Skimp on Greenery

Enhance your building’s lobby with orchids or lush fresh floral arrangements that will not only look stunning but will also help spread a welcoming fragrance throughout the space. There is nothing luxurious about dying blooms, though, so make sure that your florals are replenished regularly so that they do not lose their shine. You can set up a regular delivery in order to avoid any mishaps!

Pick the Right Rug

Not all area rugs are created equal. If you’re seeking to make a lobby look more luxurious, a hand tufted, plush rug certainly sends the right message. Over the years, as a piece gets worn, it may need to be replaced for a newer version. The lobby will of course experience a substantial amount of foot traffic, which can result in small stains, spills, and general wear and tear to any rug.

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Opt for Dramatic Lighting

Don’t underestimate the power of lighting. I always suggest opting for a variety of lighting in the lobby, from overhead recessed LED lighting in a “residential” color temperature, high end table lamps, and high quality chandeliers that make a statement. Your overall lighting plan should highlight different areas, artwork, and finishes within the lobby. Top quality lighting and chic fixtures are essential for making a lobby look more luxurious; no one wants to step inside a poorly lit or dated looking space.

Utilize the Best Materials

Anything that is visible should be the best quality possible to make your lobby look more luxurious. While there is not a lot of hardware used in the lobby, there will be some—think door handles for the stairwell and package closet, for example. These fixtures should be lever style and in a finish that exudes luxury, such as burnished brass or chrome. Note that unlacquered brass that will patina over time and it is best to be avoided. I like to say that the hardware is the “earrings and cufflinks” of the building—and we don’t want to be greeted with cheap jewelry, go for the luxurious option!

When combined, all of these small efforts will be majorly effective in making a lobby look more luxurious. Get ready for the compliments to roll in from residents and visitors alike!

Sygrove Interior Design Services

Sygrove Associates Design Group is an NYC interior design company. Our company’s founder Marilyn Sygrove is the lead interior designer on all projects. And she’s as tough as you are when it comes to quality, aesthetics, and coming in on time and on budget.

It all starts with a design consultation with Marilyn. She takes the time to thoroughly understand your design needs then personally directs all interior design, planning, and installation activities. Her work has been delighting clients, co-op and condo boards, and homeowners for over 30 years.

You can reach Marilyn by email at hello@sygrove.com or call her directly at 212.757.0631.

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