Entry Way Mood Board
I present for you, my Entry Way.
From the stairs going up to the main level of the house. (That's the front door.)
That other door is the door to the garage.
We are a no shoes house. Which is a problem.
This is the hallway to the back of the house - the first door is to a bedroom/office and the second is a bathroom. Featured: Jack Artwork.
So. Yeah. I should probably note that I already DID this entry way. I painted and switched out the sconces last December. The paint was originally a yellowish green (kind of what the stairwell paint looks like in the picture, but is actually Pleasantly Pale Yellow aka The Color Of The Upstairs in real life.) The sconces were these white plastic half moon things. The new ones were the least offensive (and also cheapest) ones I found at Lowe's. Anyway. Slight improvement, but I AM UNHAPPY.
The paint... I don't know. I couldn't do a gray, because the tile floor is straight up Blah Gray. The whole lower level of the house is pretty dark (on account of a dumb layout and the house facing north and lack of downstairs windows and also being totally surrounded by TREES) and I didn't think I could do a dark color. I didn't want to do anything that would look bad with the yellow stairwell. Except the cream I eventually chose TOTALLY looks yuck with the yellow stairwell. It's boring. I AM BORED.
So I am thinking...
This is fabric left over from my fabric covered canvas "art" upstairs. I love it so. Bright, busy, multi-colored, YES. So it's kind of hard to tell in this picture I think, but the swirly parts are a dark blue. Not dark enough to be navy, but definitely dark and blue and I kind of want that to be my new entry way wall color. OH YES.
It's dark. But... I HATE the light color! It doesn't look right. For a while it looked nice with the rug I had in the entry way, but I had to get rid of the rug because it 1) never stayed and 2) was just a giant pine needle trap. (Remember: TREES.) So I'm going to TRY a dark color. It's only paint. I am no longer afraid of paint.
Besides, I'm going to lighten it up with a lot of white. Please to see:
I love love love that white strip of molding (trim?) (am DIY novice!) along the wall, with the hooks. I think that would look awesome in my entry way. I can't do the board and batten thing, on account of having a house that is not a board and batten type of house. The bench/overhead coat hanger thingy is not working for me. But I LOVE this idea and I love how I could line that whole back wall that goes towards the playroom with hooks. Storage! That looks cute! I envision lining each major wall with a thick piece of white trim with nicely spaced hooks.
(I love that dark gray, don't you? I think it would look putrid with my gray tile. SIGH.)
I would also add a lot of other white stuff.
This mirror is from Crate & Barrel, but I'm thinking of the much cheaper Target version (that I can't find online.)
Bench. I bought this bench from World Market when I redid the entry way in December. I like it okay. I would rather have a white bench, though, with a cushion covered in some sort of happy print. I might paint this (BLARGH), I might sell it on Craigslist and find something else. I thought it would be great for shoe storage, but it's not. Phillip's shoes are too big, the kids' shoes are too small, plus we have TOO MANY SHOES. I've been throwing some in a basket (you can arrange the shelves any way you like) but other people have a very difficult time putting their shoes back in the basket. Right now we have a hideous shoe shelf hidden in the bedroom hallway. I feel that this is a problem that cannot be solved.
I've pinned a tutorial on how to make a corner bench out of stock cabinets, but HA HA HA.
Anyway. I am worried the paint is too dark. I am worried my attempts at putting up trim/hooks will look amateur and stupid. But I feel like this is a relatively cheap way to totally redo this space and I want to see how it goes. Eventually, if it looked right, I'd paint all the doors white (I want to do this through the whole house) and maybe find another rug, (although the pine needle issue is as insurmountable as the shoe issue.)
All right, time to ogle swimmers.