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Need ideas for a focal wall at home's entrance/foyer.
cilmas
January 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
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   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   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   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   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   January 4, 2013 at 6:03PM
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groveraxle
I would hang something big and blue.

0 Likes   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   January 4, 2013 at 6:21PM
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Christine Fletcher
A big mirror with metal finish would be awesome.
0 Likes   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
0 Likes   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
0 Likes   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   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.
0 Likes   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.
0 Likes   January 4, 2013 at 6:45PM
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thefinerdesigner
How about a modern clock?
2 Likes   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   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!
0 Likes   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!
0 Likes   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.
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