I mentioned at the beginning of April that I ordered a new blue ombre rug for our entryway. It finally arrived, and I’m feeling relieved because the bold color is exactly what I wanted to wake up the space. Like many makeover projects, the rug is only the jumping off point. Sometimes new accessories are all you need to refresh a space, but in this case, our entryway design plan requires a whole lot more to create a welcoming first impression.
If all goes well in regards to timeframe and budget, these are the steps I believe we need to take in order to give our entryway an updated look:
Remove the linoleum and replace with tile.
From the moment we moved into this home I have despised the flooring. Not only is it lifting, but the pattern and colors are terrible. I don’t care how beautiful an area rug is, it’s never going to camouflage this ugliness.
Although I haven’t finalized the tile, I’m leaning towards a charcoal slate floor.
Remove existing trim and add panel detailing.
I must also put the reddish stain that accompanies the wimpy oak trim into the same ugly category as the linoleum. It all needs to go. No explanation necessary.
I’d love simple shaker style paneling like this entryway by Hello from the Natos with built-in ledge and hooks for extra functionality.
Change out or modify the closet doors.
The existing bifold doors are builder’s basic in design and don’t allow complete access to the closet.
I’d like to replace the bifolds with shaker style double doors that can swing open (similar to those used in our basement renovation).
I may even add mirror to the recessed panels on the door to expand the look of the space and double as a full length mirror (something we currently don’t have).
Give everything a fresh coat of paint.
The existing walls are scuffed up badly from years of hockey bags, backpacks, and everything else coming in and out of the house. Plus the color is bland and cold.
I plan on painting out the trim, doors, and paneling in soft white. Above the paneling, I’m thinking anywhere from a light warm grey to a soft blue-grey to turquoise. I won’t decide on it until everything else is done. I may or may not be craving additional color.
Replace the lighting.
The ceiling height on our main floor is only 8 feet, so options are limited. However, almost anything is better than what we currently have. I’d also like to get rid of the popcorn ceiling, but that will have to wait until we make other changes to the main floor.
I may replace all of the lighting in the entryway and adjacent hallway with schoolhouse style light fixtures like the one we used in our basement hallway.
Other lighting options I’m considering are milk glass or vintage glass pendants. A visit to the lighting store next week should help me clarify this.
Add accessories for interest and function.
Our current entryway has no visual appeal whatsoever. It’s a space that has been neglected over the years for sure.
With our busy schedules, this entryway facelift is definitely going to need to be completed in stages. I plan on posting updates as we make progress. Hopefully you’ll see something sooner than later!
Have any other ideas for making over our small entryway? I’d love some input or feedback.
Enjoy your day,