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Need ideas for a focal wall at home's entrance/foyer.

cilmasJanuary 4, 2013
Hi. I desperately need help with ideas for this focal wall. It is the first thing you see when you enter the house. Thanks!
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Dar Eckert
What is your main issue with it? I would guess it's the brick color that upstages the art you hang on it. Maybe just painting the brick a solid color would help. You could also tile over it or add horizontal wood.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 7:58AM
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Artful Design Interiors
I would keep the brick - it's pretty. You need a larger, stronger piece of art. Ideally, it would be a piece that sets the tone for your house.
5 Likes    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 8:00AM
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decoenthusiaste
Yes, stronger art and appropriate lighting - looks like that may already be in place but might need an upgrade.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 8:03AM
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Smilow + Mathiesen
I don't think you need to change the brick but a large vertical painting in warm colors that really fills the wall will look great and be a wonderful way to welcome visitors. Don't be afraid to go big. See example below of large painting on brick wall--(of course your piece will need to be vertical).
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 5:49PM
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tennisanyone
I would put a beautiful fountain that mounts on the wall. It looks like a contemporary house so you can do that.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:03PM
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groveraxle
I would hang something big and blue.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:20PM
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shobercs
I would not put anything on the brick....there is already alot going on in that space.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:21PM
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Christine Fletcher
A big mirror with metal finish would be awesome.
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:32PM
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Norma Sassone
Something striking with a nature theme that fits the organic nature of the worn brick like a sunflower wall sculpture or a unique bird triptych. You want a wow factor when you walk in the door, but the other painting in the foreground will need to be put somewhere else. These are both available on www.etsy.com
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:39PM
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martha5953
How about a tapestry or fabric wall hanging to bring some warmth to the room
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:41PM
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cghdesign
A brighter piece of artwork such as Smilows above works . You could also cap the top and sides of the brick with square brushed aluminum matching your pendants and give a more modern look. or if just the painting had a brushed alum frame would help.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:42PM
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Barnhart Gallery
I was going to say what 10SNE1 already said -- a wall mounted fountain. Try saying "wall mounted fountain" five times fast.
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:43PM
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Design Mode
Yes, cap it. Otherwise it looks like a road going nowhere in the middle of a great space.
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:45PM
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thefinerdesigner
How about a modern clock?
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 8:05PM
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Eileen
Love the modern clock idea, either of the two round ones above would look great and tie into your railing. I also really like the idea of a round mirror in the same brushed nickel finish.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 8:14PM
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janishill
It isn't the brick; it's the accessories that aren't working. Two things that are out of sync are the wall hanging and the easel. Replace the wall hanging with a gorgeous piece of metal art or even the painting that is on the easel. Or one large rectagular painting a wide brown frame, so the size and shape (though smaller) mimic the door to the left of the wall. And lastly a mirror in a wide deep brown frame that, again, mimics the size and shape of the door would work.
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cilmas
Wow - fantastic feedback. Love the idea of framing the wall with aluminum! Also thought about a big colorful painting. Thanks to all!
    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 2:30AM
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thefinerdesigner
Please post a pic of the changes you make. Your home looks beautiful and I can't wait to see what you decide on!
    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 9:02AM
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anitajoyce
The colors of the brick is very nice. You could paint the walls in that area a nice beige or cream color. This would make the brick wall a better focal point that it already is. The walls, brick and stairway are similar in color already. I would replace the tapestry with a big picture of abstract art or a big flower picture.
    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 9:19AM
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