I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels to have this entryway finally completed! If you need a room refresher, be sure to check that out here. So where to begin. Oh, right! Let’s talk about Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year…
Imagine I announced that just as well as Oprah. But just in case that wasn’t clear – I am SO thrilled the color of the year is Alabaster (SW 7008).
So, why white? Glad you asked. White isn’t just that safe go-to color anymore my friends. It’s so much more than that. White is the color of endless possibilities. A chance to discover something once lost. It’s never boring. Always on trend. Simple and modern. White has that power to make any space feel majestic and magnificent. Most importantly, you’ll never regret choosing white.
Because our influence has always been directly attributed to the modernity of Scandinavian design, we wanted the entryway to not only be the first impression of our space, but the introduction to our home as a whole. So we aimed for functional, simple and honest. What you see is what you get!
So, here is what we did with the overall space:
Needless to say, I was more than excited to paint our entryway with Alabaster (FYI white is one of my favorite colors people)! We decided to paint the banister, since it was the main source for sore eyes. Which by the way, is a wonderful compliment to other shades of white. Our walls are painted Incredible White (SW 7028), which is great for setting a warm ambience to any space. Combining it with the fresh and pure tone of Alabaster, our space looked fresh and clean. No more forest green posts – yay!
We painted our feature wall another favorite color of mine, black – Tricorn Black (SW 6258) to really give the entryway some personality. All white is nice, but sometimes it’s good to have another color to compliment it, not to be confused with compete. The Alabaster banister just pops now and stands out as it’s own element in the space.
We got rid of that busy linoleum and replaced it with an unexpected alternative: commercial vinyl tile. Our budget for flooring was very small, so we used a very standard classic black and white chip patterned vinyl tile. This flooring is commonly seen in hospitals, schools and probably grocery stores. So to modernize the look of something incredibly dull and ordinary, we gave our floor a simple “x” design to mark the spot! I absolutely love it and the best part is, it only cost us $100 (including all materials).
Our entryway isn’t huge, so functionality and livability were crucial. We kept the space clutter-free by bringing in little to no accessories. A stump to sit on, a plant for a pop of color.
We hung a large round mirror to break up the black wall just a bit and for those last minute touch-ups when running out the door. We stuck with mainly wood materials to add texture and warmth.
I would have to say that lighting is so important in any space. Especially when living in Canada, where you are exposed to winter up to 6 months out of the year. We wanted something elegant, reliable and with minimal ornamentation. This brass light was both simple and modern. We’ve had it with us for a few years now – you might recognize it from our California Dining Room.
With all these elements coming together, I am so incredibly pleased with the end result. It’s truly amazing how one small room can have such big impact. Don’t you think?
A huge thank you to Sherwin-Williams for allowing me the honor to participate in this year’s Color of the Year! I’ve also included a little video for you all to enjoy of our makeover journey – I hope you enjoy.