To Paint or to Wallpaper?

When we moved into our home a year ago it was a blank slate.  In fact it still very much is.  Our walls are still white and we have next to no wall decorations.  We’ve been tackling our home room by room.  Starting with the very important kitchen– they say it’s heart of the home.  And I must agree.  Next we focused on our living room.  A BESTÅ TV wall unit from IKEA made all the difference.  Our bedrooms are still a work in progress.

But we figured we should move on to the foyer as it is the first space you see when you enter our home.  We are looking to paint the walls (or wallpaper) and they lead up the stairs to the kitchen and living room, which are partially finished spaces.

In our foyer we currently have a rustic bench that we found in an antique shop (love it!), a beige rug and the shelf we made from skid pallets (please see Skid Shelf on how to make).

As you can see there is a lot of white! While I was never a huge fan of bright or dark colours on walls (I much rather have colour in my accent pieces) I can’t wait to paint this area and get rid of all the white.

Lately, I’ve been into metallic wallpaper and I hope it’s here to stay.  There are some really nice neutral wallpaper with delicate shimmer accent or patterns available at a variety of retailers.  And I do think that the bigger patterns work well even in small spaces, so I am not opposed to considering them.

    My conservative and calculated side tells me to stay within my comfort zone and stick with what I know.  Which means neutrals.  I love “cooler” tones (grey with blue undertones).  These type of colours are soothing, they go with anything and they make the space feel fresh and clean.  And in my perspective you can always warm up a space with greenery –seasonal flowers and plants.

I love the Harbor Gray and hopefully I can build up enough courage to paint one accent wall Steel Wool.

Ideally I would like to incorporate both paint and wallpaper into our foyer.  I feel comfortable with a grey paint colour but would like to combine the texture of a wallpaper.

It may take a while before I decide what to do with this space, but I’ll be sure to show you the finished product!