Q & A Thursday: Foyer Transformation

Q & A:

How can I transform this old and boring foyer. We just purchased this century old home that needs a lot of TLC. I have 4 kids so need storage and my favourite colour is green, would that work?

Thank you,

Sarah J from Mississauga,ON

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Hi Sarah,

Your foyer has so much potential. We suggest some custom built-ins to maximize your storage, seating and a few hooks for jackets, etc. A tile floor would be much more practical as well, perhaps a dark slate palette. By painting out the inside of your front door in a deep charcoal will create a focal point as well.

The photo of this foyer below is painted in a nice gray green tone and paired with creamycabinets.Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 3.16.37 PM

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1 Foyer, 3 ways

Benjamin Moore shows you how to do a grand entrance, in 3 different colours. Which one do you like?

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.53.37 PMThe hint of green in tapestry beige (OC-32) warms up this formal entrance hall.

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  • Stairs, trim + wainscotting: OC-117 Simple White
  • Walls: OC-32 Tapestry Beige
  • Accent: HC-166 Kendall Charcoal

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.53.22 PMDeep taupe is a never-fail neutral in a hall or entryway.

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  • Stairs, trim + wainscotting: AF-45 Collector’s Item
  • Walls: 2111-40 Taos Taupe
  • Accent: HC-71 Hasbrouck Brown

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.53.56 PMHighlight an architectural entry with trim in soft stonington gray (HC-170).

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  • Stairs, trim + wainscotting: HC-170 Stonington Gray

  • Walls: 2108-70 Lacey Pearl
  • Accent: 2130-30 Almost Black

Create the foyer you want…

4 tips for creating a gorgeous foyer

1. Try painting your foyer a different colour from the rooms adjacent to it. Warm colours appear inviting and cool tones can create a calming space.  A scrubbable paint is perfect for foyers and hallways, when people come into your home they usually lean against the wall and take their shoes off.  Try our Aura paint in either an eggshell or matte finish.

2. Lighting is very important in the entrance way, make sure there is adjustable brightness. Not extremely bright, but well lit and welcoming. For a big dose of drama and high style opt for wallpaper and a large lighting fixture that makes a statement.  A very important touch is to always add a plant of some kind, to bring in oxygen and new energy. Keep this room always feeling fresh.

3. Hang large mirrors, this will give you a preview of rooms to come by reflecting attractive features of an adjacent room.  They will also increase the space and reflect light.  We have some amazing mirrors, come into our store today and check out our decor items.

4. Create a Wall of Life, you could display a gallery wall of artwork, photographs or showcase a beautiful piece of artwork/sculpture on a foyer table.

A Modern Painted Staircase

This traditional home built in 1910 is getting a modern overhaul. A big paint makeover this entryway. Designer Kirsten Grove mixed modern with the original classic touches of this home.

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Midnight Oil 1631 by Benjamin Moore is the darkest shade of blue-black and offers instant drama. Kirsten wanted the stairs to become a fun focal point so she chose to paint the stair molding in the Midnight Oil and walls/windown trim surrounding in Decorators White CC-20.

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It it really does brings a modern touch to a classic, traditional space.

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Affinity and beyond…

Choose colors with confidence. We’ve taken the guesswork out of selecting colors with the Affinity Collection, a palette where all of the colors work together harmoniously.

af8d44b89403b4e20d78f6cce4acae04  AF-270 Tempest

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 Shelves painted in AF-270 Nightingale

10941020_10153043638121323_5575814784739066707_n  AF-580 Luxe

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 AF-20 Mascarpone

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AF-80 Jute

How welcoming is this colour combination in the entryway?