Classic Color Palette – Soft Yellow + Linen White + Graphite Black
A foyer face-lift for a standard ‘center hall colonial’ foyer…my foyer!
As the age old saying goes, ‘the cobbler’s children have no shoes’, in my life that translates to, the interior designer’s house never gets any attention! So I am pleased to be able to share a few photos of my foyer ‘face-lift’. Finally, finally I decided on a color palette (yes I too have issues with making decisions about my own spaces!)…classic soft yellow, soft white, and graphite black…replaced a couple of light fixtures…and did a little editing-rearranging.
The space is simple, comfortable, inviting…and best of all…it makes me smile!
Many of us have what is called a ‘standard center hall colonial’ entry hall…in other words…a blah-bland space. Here’s how I infused a little personality into the space.
1. New Light Fixtures: Big impact and often very budget friendly. You need to be careful of size…depending on your ceiling height. I searched and searched for the right size light fixtures for the 8′-0″ ceiling that had a bit of a whimsical style…I finally found an art glass pendant (on clearance at http://www.lampsplus.com/) and paired that with a simple ‘school-house’ style fixture I found at Lowe’s.
2. Accent Furniture/Storage: Every entry hall needs a storage chest…it can be a family antique or something you find at a thrift store, paint a fun color, and re-purpose. I used a chest we’ve had for many years (actually it was once my 2nd daughter’s changing table!) that fit perfectly in the space and gives us storage for hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
3. A Rug: A rug runner add texture, pattern, and color. A indoor-outdoor rug-runner would be a good choice if you have a high traffic area in your foyer.
4. Paint Palette: As you know there is power in paint. This is where you can add your favorite color or keep it neutral…think about how much natural light comes into your foyer…if you have a two-story foyer with an abundance of light think about using a medium tone color…something that will fill the space and make it feel a bit more inviting. Our front hall doesn’t get much light so I used a light warm-neutral on the walls and added the black on the staircase to create a little contrast. All the trim is done in a linen white…keeps the palette soft and warm.
5. Bring in your Personality: This is the most important element…bring in what you love. Don’t be afraid to fill your walls. Find large pieces you like (artwork, architectural salvage?) or create vignettes out of smaller pieces. Think outside the box..can you hang something in a different-fun way? I am a collector…I like to create vignettes. So my front hall was a great place to hang some of my favorite things. Think outside the Pottery Barn box!
A few of my favorite things…vintage postcards to a watercolor I did in college…
Hang a favorite poster (this one is of the faces in Goya’s paintings…I got it in Madrid MANY years ago) by strips of wood and then use a ribbon.
I finally said good-bye to the carpet on the stairs (whoo-hoo!) and had them painted. The painter sanded down the existing treads and used a ‘porch and floor enamel’ paint for durability.
Walls: Benjamin Moore. HC-30 Philadelphia Cream
Railing and steps: Benjamin Moore: 1603 Graphite (porch enamel paint)
Trim: Benjamin Moore. 912 Linen White
Have you infused a little personality into your entry hall-foyer space? Please share…I would love to see what you’ve done!
My next step is to replace the brass door knobs with glass knobs…baby steps…
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Here’s to creating splendid spaces – Cheers!