Painting my Entryway

Interiors

It seems I’m on a painting kick. After attempting to paint my living room last week, inspiration struck again, and I decided to paint my entryway!

I have to admit my decorating has been spurred by the upcoming holiday season. As lots of folks know, I’m crazy about Christmas so I wanted to tackle a few random projects to make Bayberry House feel more like home before I decorate for the season.

Here’s what the hallway looked like before I painted it…

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… and here’s how it looks now!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A major difference, right? Which I’m loving! And thankfully (unlike in my living room), I won’t need to repaint it anytime soon. #winning

Sidenote: There’s some weirdness around the existing light fixture. I will be repainting the ceiling as soon as the new light fixture arrives. Fingers crossed it’s SOON!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

I’ve been busy pinning inspiration for my home on Pinterest (You can follow along here.), so it’s exciting to start seeing things come to life.

I’ve been hesitant to do any big projects since my upcoming kitchen renovation will affect almost every room on the first floor of my home. However, given that the process is now delayed because of contract issues, I just needed to start making progress.

Anywho, in this space, I decided to add a chair railing and paint the top half of the wall a deep navy color and the bottom half white. So last weekend I got to work, first cutting and then hanging the molding.

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

I’m not an expert at hanging molding, but I did do a few projects in my last house so I was excited to give it another try. With the molding in place, it was time to paint!

The beautiful navy is Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue-Estate Emulsion and the white is Sherwin Williams Pro Class Extra White Semi-Gloss (This is my go-to white paint for moldings and woodwork.)

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

This was my first time using Farrow & Ball paint, and I was pleased with the results. The color is rich and the matte finish looks smooth and subtle. The entryway is definitely much more dynamic and inviting now.

Down the road, my plan is to add box molding to the lower half of the walls. When I do the kitchen renovation, I will be installing hardwood flooring in the entryway. I’m also going to replace the closet with custom built-in cabinetry. Both of those changes will require molding to be removed, so the box molding will need to wait until all of that is complete.

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

For decor, I’m thinking of having a gallery wall of sorts (similar to this) go up the stairs. I’ll probably use a mix of vintage paintings and family pictures, but all of that’s still TBD. For the holidays, however, you can bet I’ll be wrapping that stair railing in some sort of garland. ‘Tis the season!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

And after a few days of work, my entryway has a whole new look! What do you think?

Oh, and yes you may have gotten a few sneak peeks of my new living room color. I found a winner! I’ll be sharing the details later this week. Stay tuned!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

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  • liz n. at

    It’s just absolutely beautiful! Don’t you love the depth of Farrow & Ball colors? And I’m in awe of how perfectly you cut in at the curved ceiling section at the second floor landing.

  • Cindi at

    Michael, it is absolutely beautiful!

  • Amanda Taylor at

    I am in love with this!!! Such a good color. I can’t wait to see it all decked out for Christmas!

  • Winni at

    Looks awesome!

  • Meg W at

    Looks great! Coordinates nicely with the flooring – even if you don’t keep the flooring – colors are right on! Moulding is a great touch as well.
    Love it!

  • Shelley @ Calypso in the Country at

    It looks amazing! We recently painted our dining room navy – (Naval by Sherwin William, actually) and we love it! Great to see navy in another space! I look forward to seeing what else you add in there.
    Shelley

  • Jane at

    Stunning!! The colour is beautiful for your front foyer and compliments the tiled floor.

  • Cindy at

    Looks AMAZING Michael!! It really makes your flooring pop!! Very warm & inviting!

  • Donna via Funky Junk Interiors at

    Oh my gosh… this looks SO GOOD! That blue is so rich and adds so much warmth! It looks like you’ve really settled in, hard to believe you just moved in! Love the peek into the living room too, cannot wait to see it!

    Gorgeous M, you’re totally inspiring me to get going myself…

  • Ann Murphy at

    WOW! Awesome!

  • Arli at

    Love your color choices and the chair rail which separates them. Looks like a totally different space. So fresh and clean. Well done.

  • Kylie Wakeley at

    You nailed that colour! It’s totally stunning.

  • Ellen T at

    Love the color. So bold, And the white is so crisp. Classic combination.

  • Lynn Connor at

    Love it! Have used a combination of blue/white trim in rooms before and you have just reminded me of how wonderful that look is! I recently moved like yourself and this has got my head thinking. I may just start this day with a gallon of paint and a bottle of wine in the fridge (for celebrating a finished job). Your white looks very clear…the camera not picking up any bluish cool tones. Am I right in assuming your choice of white has subtle warm tones?

  • Gina at

    Love navy and white! It looks great!!

  • susan at

    LOVE it! Of course that’s just about the same color I have on the top half of my dining room walls also 😉. Great choice. Very crisp and classic.

  • Kristina at

    This is so gorgeous!! I love that top color, and I’m a sucker for a crisp, clean white! Great job!

  • Leah at

    Love it!! I’m already picturing a garland on the stair rail.

  • Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows at

    The blue is gorgeous!! I’m considering painting a wall in one of our guest bedrooms. I love the look but hesitate…

  • JoEllen at

    The white! So bright and fresh!! This entry way is so gorgeous and dramatic. I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to see those hardwood floors!

  • Monica at

    I’m really curious about the upper stairwell wall… the upper wall straight ahead of you as you head down the stairs; did you carry on the blue up there too?

  • Janet at

    Perfection. That is all.

  • LA Tann at

    Congratulations……the blue in your entry hall is stunning. Most especially with the existing slate floor!! Are you sure you want to change that to wood?? I am enjoying your new home décor journey and look forward to future renovations.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Well, it was a tough decision. If the slate was in better condition I wouldn’t touch it. BUT it’s in really bad shape, so going all wood makes sense to me.

      xo Michael

  • Pat at

    The blue is perfect, but I am probably the only one to prefer a creamier white vs the bright white you used.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Totally understand that! Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Sue Berlekamp at

    Entryway looks clean, crisp and I love the color. Anxious to see your house decorated for Christmas.

  • Pat at

    Yowza! Sexy, smoldering navy colour made classy by the white paint pairing. Please confirm you have plans for a larger entry rug because the current size just doesn’t seem like you. And since blue is not a Christmas friendly colour (IMHO), show me what you’ve got Michael!

  • Jessica Kenney at

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking to do for my home! I should send you a pic-but our entryways are identical (your before pic ofcourse) 🙂 Question for you- how did you handle the right side of the stairway with the banister? Did you use a chair rail on that side OR did you leave it without and paint the entire right side of the stairway blue?
    Beautiful work!
    Jess

  • Keri Redrow at

    Thank you for including the following, “the white is Sherwin Williams Pro Class Extra White Semi-Gloss (This is my go-to white paint for moldings and woodwork.)” I’ve been trying to determine if I should paint the entire bottom half with semi-gloss white and you had the answer. Looks beautiful 🙂

  • James at

    Hi, what colour stain is on the stairs and handrail? Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I don’t know. It was stained this way when I bought the house, so I’m not sure what was used.

      xo Michael

  • Michelle stepko at

    I happened to be looking for new hallway idea’s and your project came up for suggestions on my Pinterest board. I love the colors you have chosen. I did however notice that the picture’s you posted are exactly the same layout as my grandparents house they had in Valley Forge in the mountain. What I loved the most in the house was the big window in the dining room. We would see deer coming from the woods behind my grandparents house while you were eating…the other was the big brick fireplace they had in the room off the kitchen…oh and the beautiful slate floors like you have in the entry way….so thank you for letting me walk through the memories I had of that house. If it happens to be their old house….that’s kinda cool and you guy’s have done a beautiful job

  • Shelby at

    Hi! Love, love, love what you did with the space! I saw that you ended up changing the color, but I thought maybe you’d have some good advice for picking a paint color!

    I have an entryway that looks identical to yours (my house is an 1960s colonial) and I’m trying to add a pop of color to the entryway like you did. Most of my home is hues of tans and browns, with the mudroom being a beautiful dark olive green and my downstairs bathroom red. What pop of color could I use in the entryway that isn’t green or red? No more browns or tans, for sure. But I’m afraid a navy like you used would be clash with tans browns, as well as disrupt the earthyish tone feeling I have going in the house. Any advice would be much appreciated! You have SUCH a good eye for beautiful colors and how they work together!

  • Alycia at

    Beautiful project! Curious question… Is the bottom white section that you painted extra white just sheet rock?

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