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….
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….