Home DecorFrom Blue to Gray Entryway October 19, 2015Thanks so much for the great feedback on the last post about our design plans changing. I’m really excited about where we’re heading. I just knew I had to give a little explanation before I just start sharing changes because you guys who’ve been following this whole process would be like, “What the what?! Today, we’re going to talk about the entryway. To me, entries and foyers are some of my favorite areas to design. They welcome you home each day and are the first thing guests see upon entering your home. I’m so excited to have a proper entry in this house and to really design it up! If you remember, I shared my plans for the entry and progress here. And here was a glimpse. We were really excited about the tall board and batten and I really wanted a color that would contrast with it. I chose this dark blue: Benjamin Moore’s Bella Blue. As I said in the last post, the blue is way, way bluer in person than in these photos where it looks navy (and I think way bluer on the wall than on the paint chip). As soon as it went up, I was unsure. I told myself the contrast was good and I am using a lot of blues and greens in the house. But even though I loved the old design plans based off of this blue wall…. …I seriously couldn’t get past the blue. It just hit you hard when walking right in the front door. Also, since we have such an open floor plan, it’s really visible from the kitchen and dining areas. I couldn’t stand looking at it. While by itself it is a pretty color, it just didn’t fit. I am going with more color in this house in some ways, but it is still overall neutral. Almost all of the walls are white (except Miss Rosie’s room) and from all sides, this blue just screamed, “Stare at me!!! I don’t fit.” I was wrestling with this and felt horrible to tell Chris we needed to re-paint. There was way too much to be done for that. But then, the sheet rock guys messed up this paint when bringing in big sheets for the addition. It had to be re-painted anyway and I seized the opportunity! We did need some sort of contrast with all the trim, but I knew the color needed to be very light so that it really flowed with the rest of these open spaces. We chose Benjamin Moore Silver Lake. It’s a pale true gray that has enough color to contrast against the trim, but still fits with the rest of the light and bright neutral house base. The trim is the white we used throughout the house: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. This big change in paint color means that the design plans will change some most likely. Though the colorful art would still work for sure! Right now, we’ve just sat a small console table that we had in place for a key and mail drop, but I’m on the hunt for a much bigger table to fill this space. It needs to be really long, to fit my vision and really make a statement right when you step in the door! But it also has to be narrow because while this is a good size room, it isn’t that wide. This room is ten feet long, so while I don’t need a table that spans that entire space, I do want it to take up a good chunk of it. My plan in addition to the long table is still some extra-large statement art and two matching lamps on each end of the table. On the other side of the room, we have a coat closet and a built-in mudroom area. I love this live-edge bench so much. This board and batten and live edge bench were Chris’ ideas and they really, really turned out. In this little area, we’ll hang some hooks at the top of the trim and then some art on the wall to finish off this nook. This wood top just KILLS me. It’s made from the one leftover board we had from the last house when we milled that tree that had to come down in the back and built the live-edge island. The best part about this room, at least as far as pup is concerned, is that she still has her watch post. This is the same door we had at the other house and she sure loves to stay up to date on what’s going down on the street. One last design dilemma in this space is the rug. I really pictured this rug here all along. I got it on eBay and used it a lot in the last house. But now having it in place, it feels lost. It just feels way too small. Especially when you see it from the other direction. While I love that you see straight back to the kitchen from the front door, one thing I don’t love is the expanse of bare floor you see. I love hardwoods, but I am majorly a rug girl. The expanse of floor you see going to the back of the house will likely stay that way. There’s a rug under the dining table (to the right of the walkway) and I don’t want another right next to it. Back in the kitchen, the kitchen runner is on the other side of the island and with the bar stools that’ll come out on this side, I don’t want any kind of rug. So, this entry rug definitely needs more. I’m thinking of looking for a longer runner (maybe ten feet long?) that has a similar style and look to this one, but that will make more of a grand entrance. That’s where we’re at on this entryway, folks! Thanks for following the progress.