The picture above is our entryway; this was the previous owner's picture. The walls are a mocha brown color (blah). And, you can see the red living room in the background (ick).
My style is leaning towards lots of contrast - white, black and antique woods. We painted our family room over Christmas break BM White Dove. LOVE this color. It has the slightest warmth without being too yellowish. I am considering this color for the entry way too, but we don't get a lot of natural light so I am also considering BM Linen White.
Phase 1 of the entryway is to paint the walls.
Phase 2 will be to paint staircase banister, rip out the carpeted runner, add new runner, get a new front door (with glass panels) and potentially make the windows wider flanking the front door to let in more natural light.
Phase 3 will be making the entryway larger by knocking out a shower that currently exists in our downstairs bathroom (behind the wall where the console sits, in the photo above). I would like to make the entryway into the living room larger too and finally, add paneling/moulding.
Here are some pictures of my current inspiration.
Obviously, all my inspiration pictures have paneled moulding, high ceilings, lots of light and are the entries are large. I haven't even left the gate and I already have 4 strikes against me. But, I think we can get 3/4 of the way home; the higher ceilings are the only sticking point.
For the time being, I hope to achieve somewhat of "the look" by choosing a lighter paint color!! Wish me luck!