MY FOYER/HALLWAY MAKEOVER: FINAL REVEAL!

Back in May I started a new makeover for my foyer and upstairs hallway and I am happy to say that I’m finally finished!! I’ve been sharing the changes I’ve made as I’ve gone along so please check out my previous updates on this makeover:

PHASE ONE

PHASE TWO

With my third and final phase of this project, I mostly focused on updating the banister on the stairway in the foyer. Take a look at how it looked at the beginning of this phase:

As you can see it is quite dated and blah looking. My goal was to improve the look of all of this railing without going over budget. As I brainstormed ideas, I immediately gravitated to this:

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Ever since Joanna Gaines revealed the makeover of her bed and breakfast I’ve been in love with this black iron railing!! I love the clean modern look, and I knew it would look great in my house.

However, it didn’t take me long to realize this was simply not a possibility for me because of the steep price. Turns out I have about 44 linear ft of railing in total and to hire a professional to make and install that much railing was going to be incredibly expensive! I realized that with my limited budget, my best option would be to focus on altering what was already there instead of completely replacing it.

I decided to stain the railing black, paint the newel posts white, and replace the balusters with a more minimal tapered style baluster. Here’s the final look:

I like that there is less of the oak wood in the foyer now, but the color of the floors still really bothers me! Eventually when we have the money, we’ll have the floors sanded and stained a different color and I think that will be a huge improvement.

With the banister finished, I only had a couple other quick changes to make.

I replaced all of the polished brass door hardware with matte black hardware. This has been on my to-do list for a while and I finally got around to changing all of the doors in the whole house.

I also changed out the two dated builder grade chandeliers in the foyer with more interesting modern ones.

Then it was time to bring in all of the accessories and I was finally done with this makeover!!!

HOW TO DECORATE WITH THE COLOR WHITE

In my recent post about my foyer makeover you may have noticed that I painted my entire foyer and hallway all white—both the walls and the trim are white. I plan to paint almost all of the walls in my house the same white color. I also painted the walls white in the last four room makeovers I did. In case you can’t tell, I’m a fan of white walls! But my love for white isn’t limited to just wall color. I also love white decor, white cabinets and white linens.

For me, I’m drawn to the color because it gives a fresh, clean, bright and open feel to any room. And I’m sure I’m not the only fan out there. White has been a very trendy and popular color for awhile now. From all-white kitchens to white rugs to white furniture, it seems to have taken over a lot of design elements.

However, white can be a tricky color to decorate with because it’s easy for it to become boring, sterile or flat. But it doesn’t have to be! Today I’ll share the tricks on how to keep white from becoming stale in your decorating. Read on…

USE TEXTURE

One of the most effective ways to keep white from looking flat is to use white elements that also have texture. The texture adds interest and depth which keeps the room from becoming boring.

You could try adding a textured lamp base or vases to your decor.

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Or take plain white walls and spice them up with some molding like I did in my daughter’s bedroom.

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White plank floors add texture and character to any room.

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Use a fur throw or knitted blanket to add a layer of texture to your white bedding.

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MY FOYER/HALLWAY MAKEOVER: PHASE TWO

The work on my foyer/entry continues! If you missed my phase one reveal then go check it out first. Today I’m going to share phase two of this makeover…

I started off this phase by fixing an area of our foyer that wasn’t quite right. When we moved into our home I noticed that there is an area of molding underneath the main staircase that looks unfinished. Take a look:

I believe it was built this way, and it looks like the builder maybe ran out of materials and just threw on what he had left instead of buying what was needed to finish this correctly. Who knows?! But it was time for me to finally make this area look the way it was supposed to look to begin with.

I added two pieces of wood below the stringer and then continued the base cap molding all around the edges. I also installed new taller baseboards in this area. So now the whole area looks like this…

(this is after we painted the walls and before we painted the trim)

Looking better… it just needs to be painted which I’ll do later.

With that area fixed, I then continued with the baseboards. I installed new taller baseboards through the entire entry area and the upstairs hallway. Fortunately, the baseboards on both staircases were already 5 1/4” tall.

Next, it was time to get painting! My husband helped me prime and paint all the walls in the entry, upstairs hall and back staircase.

This is what it looked like before:

And after the paint:

I went with a basic white and I was surprised by how much brighter the rooms instantly felt after changing the paint color.

Painting all of the trim was the next step, but first I needed to do another project…

I wanted to do something with these decorative pieces on the end of each step on our main staircase in the foyer. These are officially called stair brackets. I am personally NOT a fan of these. I guess they are an added decorative feature, but in the area I live in these are nothing special. They are a standard builder grade element in the typical suburban house. I personally feel like this particular bracket design is very colonial looking and our home is not a pure colonial style. They just don’t fit! I’d prefer a very clean minimal look to these stairs.

MAKING YOUR ENTRY WELCOMING + FUNCTIONAL

I am currently working on updating our foyer/entry (check out phase one here), so I thought I’d use today’s post to give some ideas on how to make your entry more welcoming and functional.

An entryway in a home is unique in that it is the first space guests usually see. Therefore, they often make their first impression of your home when entering this space. Your entry should reflect you and feel warm and inviting; it should be a space that makes visitors want to come on in and explore more of your home.

An entry is also the last space we exit when leaving our home to go somewhere and the first place we enter when returning home. Therefore, it needs to be a very functional and organized room. This is the place we gather the last few items needed before we leave—like an umbrella or the dog’s leash. And it is the first place we drop things when we return home—like our keys or shoes.

It doesn’t matter how grand or how cramped your entry is, these are some easy things you can do to make it more welcoming and functional.

CREATE A FOCAL POINT

Find a unique item and display it in a prominent place in your entry. For instance, it could be a bold wall painting, an antique table, a gorgeous light fixture or a handmade rug. It doesn’t have to be large or expensive to be interesting. When entering your home it’s nice to have something that immediately draws your eye and leaves a positive impression.

Below are some interesting ways to create a focal point…

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A simple and small entryway becomes anything but boring due to this bold painting that creates a major focal point.

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Upon entering this foyer your eye is drawn to the graphic wallpaper which adds pattern and interest.

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A grand staircase like this is sure to leave an impression once you step foot in this home.

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These vintage theater seats will surely grab your attention when you enter this home… And they are very functional too!

STORAGE IS IMPORTANT

Think about everything you like to store in your entryway, then look for decorative storage options that are not only functional but also attractive. Choose storage that is easy to access and just the right amount for the items you use. Focus on furniture with drawers or baskets so everything is neatly tucked away from plain sight. If floor space is limited, look for wall shelves or hooks.

A place to sit may be important too. If you can’t fit a large bench in the room then opt for a small stool you can slide under a console table when you aren’t using it.

Here are some of my favorite stylish entryway storage pieces…

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The family’s shoes stay organized and hidden by these crates which also add character to the room.

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You can easily grab your accessories from this coat rail on your way out the door.

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This bench is not only functional for sitting, but it also holds a basket for storage and a few decorative pieces. It’s a great multi-functional piece of furniture for a small space.

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A large console table like this provides plenty of hidden and open storage.