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Please help me with this foyer!

jessi1213February 24, 2013
I like contemporary...and that's as far as I can get. I feel a lot of pressure with the first place people see when they walk in. What would I do with the shelf above the door? And what color works for the walls that keeps a happy light feeling...without being boring.
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Katie Anderson Interior Design Consultants
If your style is "contemporary" as you stated then there are quite a few fixes, albeit somewhat of an investment. But if this is your home for longer than 5-6 years then it is worth putting some money into it. First of all replace the stair railing with glass. I did this a few years back and it makes all the difference with a first impression. Take a look at the image attached and you can view it in a "before&after" mode on my website: http://www.katieworld.com/gallery/before-after

As for the shelf over the front door; I don't see any light sources in this space. This could be a very good place to install lighting. Other than the labor this is a relatively inexpensive change that will have quite an impact on the space and note that light is what expressed color. I recommend a "puck" light usually used for under kitchen cabinets. They come in both incandescent and LED. When installed "upside down" they will throw the light upwards to the ceiling which will give a "wash" of light to the foyer. Also it can be seen from outside and will make your home look more attractive from the street.

Replace all the "home depot" style stock features such as the grid windows and vinyl panel doors with wood doors sporting no "beveled" or "inset" panels and clean glass windows. The window above the door could be widened to create more of a "picture" to the outside from the upstairs and allow more natural light to enter the space.

Color is personal and this space looks to be open to a lot of other areas. Ocher yellows and Celdon greens are both warm and soothing hues and would go nicely with the existing floor color.

I hope this has been helpful
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Thank you so much! I will definitely start with the lighting project, it sounds fantastic! As much as I love the look of glass instead of railing, that may have to wait until little sticky fingers get older.
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
@Katie, that's a wonderful transformation you made with the glass staircase "railing". I like your other ideas also. Since she's worried about fingerprints, Jessi might be able to do an iron railing instead which would update the look her house has.
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    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:54PM
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Not sure how changing the handrail fits with the rest of your house.

Dyna - Mt Baker2 · More Info
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 2:37PM
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I am definitely open to changing the rails down the road, but for expense purposes the paint color is my first concern. I can't seem to pick one!
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 4:48PM
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Looks to be a pretty traditional house based on what we see in the picture. Do you have contemporary furniture that you plan to use? Not sure we understand your concept of the term, since what we see is pretty traditional furniture. Can we see other rooms to get a handle on your style?
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 5:09PM
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Amy Stanley
The house does feel very traditional. You could paint the stair rails white and change the wall color to a cooler color this will help give you a more "modern' feel which I think you are meaning when you say "contemporary".
1 Like    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 5:50PM
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Judy M
Paint can fix the staircase. Paint handrail glossy black and spindles white. Get a large area carpet to help fill the foyer space. Dress that small chest I see in photo with a lamp or big ginger jar in a color you like. Make a plan and then choose a paint color.

New Old Farmhouse: Stairwell and Front Entry · More Info
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 6:07PM
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We actually just bought this house :) We move in a month from now. Since I'm pregnant and can't be around the paint fumes, we are having it painted before moving in. We haven't bought furniture yet, which leaves us really open to any paint color that matches the floor!
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 6:43PM
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Tree Moss, Benjamin Moore would go well with the current flooring. As well, if you decide to change the floors to darker stain down the road and paint the railings like Judy M posted above, would give a much more transitional appeal that could incorporate the contemporary you like, with the elements within your beautiful home! Congratulations on your new home, and your soon to be, new little bundle of joy!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 7:27PM
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LKristine I can not thank you enough for posting those pics. I do like that color! What program did you use and how can I get it for the rest of my house?!?!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 12:33PM
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Here is the link for painting rooms! It's fun too!!!! Glad it gives you an idea of what you can do with your beautiful new home! http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/personal-color-viewer
1 Like    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:24PM
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