We have big plans for our home’s entryway. We’ve been talking about these plans for years. Is now the time? We’re sharing what’s been on our minds and asking for your input!
If you were to consider an over arching paint theme in our home, it would be this: Large spaces are white and bright, whereas smaller rooms and off-shoots are moodier. Like our reading nook, above! And our bedroom, of course. Oh, and the guest room. And I can’t forget about our pink bathroom!
It’s safe to say that while we prefer simplicity in the main areas of our home – Benjamin Moore’s Intense White is seen throughout our living and dining rooms, kitchen, workshop and Lucy’s nursery! – we’re not afraid of mixing in a (little) risk. I like to think that the bolder paint choices in our home are still a neutral; deep greys and blush pinks are equivalent to a pair of my favorite blue jeans, I say.
But there is still one area in our home that Scott and I have brainstormed to no end, and that’s our entryway! Moons ago, we painted it a soft silvery grey, Sterling by BEHR. It’s fine. Personally, it leans too blue for my taste, when my intention was for a true, pure grey (what does that even mean, really?). Below, you can really see the blue undertones when compared to the warmer hue of our living room walls:
White + Bright or Dark + Moody?
So. We’ve been noodling on these ideas for a long time (years, probably!), and we’re ready to dive in! If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love our entryway. It may be my favorite ‘room’ in the whole house (seriously!), because so much love and thought has been poured into over the years. Like, who remembers this? And now we’re ready to tie up the final loose strings. But here’s the thing, we’re torn between two ideas: white + bright or dark + moody?
A case for white + bright | Ever since painting our front door black last fall, I’ve been wanting to do the same to our coat closet door, which is currently navy. Sometimes a subtle step in a new direction is all it takes to ease the DIY itch and make all the difference. We wonder, what if we painted the closet door black, too, and carried Benjamin Moore’s Intense White (or maybe 1-2 steps darker on the paint swatch) into the entryway, up the stairs, and onto the second floor landing? Cohesive? Yes. Safe? Yup.
A case for dark + moody | If I were to blindly choose a color without ever testing a single swatch, my gut is telling me: Kendall Charcoal. It’s the color we painted our guest room, below, after which, we refreshed our reading nook! It’s a good color. Warm, comfortable, strong. (Wait, am I describing the perfect man, or?) It’ll bring the drama, and I love that.
If we were to go the moody route, we wouldn’t stop at the walls. We’d also paint the small patches of ceiling! And then we’d probably paint the closet door white. Or black. Ack, this is why we haven’t made our move yet – there are too many options, and I think they’d all work!
To Panel or Not to Panel?
Finally, we’re asking ourselves: To panel or not to panel? One of the first things I envisioned doing this to home was to add chunky wainscoting around the entryway and up the staircase. You know I love a good wall treatment (see Exhibit A, B and C), but I’m wondering if it’s really necessary? And you better believe that my mom-heart wants nothing more than to display family photos above the wall panelling, too.
Simplicity is Best
In the end, we still prefer a minimal look, so we’re being mindful of the marble basketweave tile, which already lends a big splash of pattern. Even our neutral stair runner plays a great supporting role. But with a new wall color comes the domino effect of painting the closet door (black? white?), and gosh, I might as well change up the shoe cabinet while we’re doing it. If you give a mouse a cookie and all.
Let’s Do a Poll!
What would you do?
I can already smell the fresh paint. Guys, we are craving a good DIY project right now, and this fits the bill. Let’s hear what you think!
PS: You can see the progression of our entryway right here, all the way back to the very first photo tour of this home. She has come a long way (baby).