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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Comments

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • Leah at

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

  • Kristina at

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

  • 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.

  • Gina at

    Love navy and white! It looks great!!

  • 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?

  • Ellen T at

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

  • Kylie Wakeley at

    You nailed that colour! It’s totally stunning.

  • 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.

  • Ann Murphy at

    WOW! Awesome!

  • 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…

  • Cindy at

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

  • Jane at

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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • Winni at

    Looks awesome!

  • 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!

  • Cindi at

    Michael, it is absolutely beautiful!

  • 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.

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