Monday, September 8, 2014

Our Entry - Progress

It has taken me entirely too long to decide on a paint color for our entryway.  Paint is not expensive, so if it is the wrong color, it can be easily fixed so there really are no excuses.  But, our entry leads into three rooms (living room, dining room and kitchen) and I don't have the exact colors selected for these rooms yet.  I generally know the direction I want, but not knowing exactly made selecting our entry paint color even harder.  I knew I wanted a neutral color, but which one?

If you remember this post, I was completely set on white (see inspiration pictures).  But, as dreamy as the inspiration pictures look, our entry lacks natural light, architectural details and space/height.  We plan on rectifying this in the future, but for now, this is what we have.   So, a white color with no natural light and no pretty architectural details seemed wrong for the space.  

Also, there was the furniture to consider.  Ideally, for our entry, I would love to have an antique piece as the foundation.  Something like this would do…


But, right now that is not in the cards given that I'd like to save money for a new dining table and chairs.  So, I am stuck with using a cream colored shaker console that my lovely husband found at the dump (when we lived in CT). :)  :)  

So, after testing a thousand paint choices, I went with BM Edgecomb Gray at half strength (50% lighter).  Why half strength?  Because I wanted it lighter.   And, I'll be honest.  When we get natural light in our entry (always in the afternoon), I LOVE it.  Beautiful color.  Perfect.  But, in the morning, with little natural light, it seems a little too dark to me.  But, I think, until we can get more natural light in there, any color will not look 100% right.  

So, this is what we started out with…..this was the previous owner's decor….

BEFORE


And now PROGRESS - BM Edgecomb Gray at 50%


Here's another view - midway painting…you can see the difference between the original and new color 


So, the jury is still out, but I think it is a significant improvement.  I threw together a quick idea board of where I am going with this space.  See below.  



I definitely want to use the green pagoda lantern in our hallway.  It is the perfect size and I love the color!  I also plan on upholstering/slipcovering two storage cubes to fit under the console.  You can see the fabric choices above.  I haven't decided.  I might not even go with either….we'll see.  But, I do know, I want to finish this space quickly.  I'm tired of thinking about it and I am ready to move onto to the next room!! 

PS: In case you're wondering, I can't wait to rip out our carpeted stair runner and replace it!  I also plan on painting the banister black, hang sconces and pictures.  The list goes on….

15 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful! I couldn't wait to check and see if did a blog post.

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  2. I'm a new follower and happy to have stumbled on your blog. The Edgecomb grey looks great! I also have an entry (very similar layout too) that gets only a bit of northern light each day and it's pretty tricky. You've made it work really nicely. I love your moodboard for moving forward. Good luck with your to-do list. I know they can feel never-ending! Looking forward to catching up on your older posts. Have a great day.

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    1. Hi Erin! Thank you for your comment! Glad you stopped by! I wish my house was flooded with natural light it would make the design process a whole lot easier! :)

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  3. It looks fabulous! Love the color choice!

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  4. I'm a fan of the paint color as well as the light fixture option. I'm sure things will come together quite nicely.

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  5. I'm curious about he fabrics. Can you tell me what the small blue and green floral one is called?

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    1. Hi Stephanie, here is where you can find the fabric: http://www.decoratorsbest.com/prod-Fleur_De_Kashmir___Turquoise_Citron_Mushroom-348736.aspx?

      Hope that helps. It is called Fleur De Kashmir by Clarence House.

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  6. Paint makes such a difference, so much so that my eye is immediately drawn to the crown moulding in the entry that I hadn't noticed with the original paint color. Go figure! I really like the soft blue/gray/green combination.

    Were you also planning to paint the stair treads? I'm contemplating some work on our stairs and would love to hear what others' decide in these situations!

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    1. Hi Ashley! Thanks for your comment. I hadn't thought much about painting the stair treads. I personally don't like our staircase - the banister only goes up halfway (we'd like to fix that) and there is no moulding going up the staircase (like to add that too). If I got both of those done and our staircase looked more traditional and classic, I might then consider painting the stair treads. I like black but also would love to opt for a lighter color - maybe something like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/225883737532824369/

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  7. I think it looks great. And I love your inspiration table. Barley twist be still my heart. You fabric combo is amazing. :)

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  8. Pretty, pretty! Love this combination & the new color looks great! Making decisions is SOOOO hard! Sometimes you just have to pull the trigger.

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  9. I just used Edgecomb Gray in a client's house in preparation for putting it up for sale. It looks so clean but not cold. They don't get much natural light either and the color works just great in their house.

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  10. It looks great, Fran! I love that gray/blue/green color on walls...it really is the perfect backdrop. Plus I love how moulding really stands out against it. Yours really pops now. Can't wait to see it all pulled together. I'm loving that floral for under the console...classic look!

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  11. Fran, your combination of colors, fabrics is so classic and pretty! They will look so good with Edgecomb. We struggled with the paint color for our guest bath as there are no windows. The only natural light comes from windows in the adjoining bedroom. We also used Edgecomb Gray, and if I remember correctly, we mixed it at 50% too, so it wouldn't be too dark. It's such a gorgeous "khaki gray." It always looks warm and mixes great with other colors. I can't wait to see your entry when it's finished…your board looks great! Gorgeous fabric pairing!

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  12. I had to put a painting project together just recently, and it was exhausting. I couldn’t decide on the colours or how to bring out the architectural details. Luckily, I found experts who helped with my problem. I just had to tell them the look I was going for, and they quickly gave me a list of my best choices.

    Richmond Gordon @ CertaPro Painters

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