Hello Friends! Welcome to the first day of the Fall One Room Challenge! I am so excited to be a guest participant in this amazing event hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Twice a year bloggers and interior designers are challenged to choose a room in their home to transform. The challenge is that the room needs to be completed in just 6 weeks. Every Wednesday for the next six weeks, the internet will be full of design inspiration and creativity. If you are like me and love a good before and after, you will definitely want to check it out.
With the holidays approaching, I am starting to think about entertaining. The foyer is the place where we welcome guests into our home. For the past fifteen years, it has not changed much. This challenge is an opportunity to transform this entryway into a warm, welcoming space, filled with character, charm and personality.
The Current Space
Our home is a basic traditional New England colonial, built in 1970. It is actually the builder’s house. At first, we thought this was a great thing; however, through the years we have discovered that the builder must have used various leftover materials while building our home. It has been a slow process to update our home so that everything matches and flows.
In this space, we had refinished the floors, painted a neutral color, replaced the closet doorknob, and added a basic ceiling light. My favorite part of this room is this gallery wall that my son and I created a few years back. I would like to keep this gallery wall, either here or possibly along the wall going up the stairs.
When creating a plan for this space, my husband and I sat down together to talk about what we would both like in this space and how can we work together to make this happen.
To add some character and personality to this space, my husband and I will add some DIY Board and Batten to the walls. We have been inspired by bloggers like Lauren from Bless’er House and Lisa from Shine Your Light.
Painting the walls is also on our list. I would like to add a neutral greige color in this space. This color will contrast with the white of the board and batten, but tone down the yellow tones of the floor. Agreeable Gray, Mindful Gray, and Accessible Beige, all by Sherwin-Williams, are some of my favorite color choices.
Another idea we had was to paint the interior doors black. I have yet to do this in my home as I just tend to paint everything white. For me, this is a little out of my comfort zone, but I do love the richness and elegance the black painted doors bring to a room. Black doors may pick up on black accent pieces and help my space to look more cohesive and put together.
I love the foyer from Jenni’s home at Dear Lillie. Her black door has such an impact and looks absolutely amazing!
Along with the board and batten and some fresh paint, I also love the idea of adding a runner to our stairs. I think it will add texture and warmth to this space. KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm made a stair runner from an indoor/outdoor carpet. How clever is that?!
This Geneve Indoor/Outdoor Runner from Ballard Design would work well in my space. I love the pattern and this soft charcoal/cream color combination.
Of course, there will be some new DIY pillow covers and a few fun accessories added along the way. I am very excited about the potential this space has! I hope you follow along as this transformation gets underway.