This is a total decorating explanation post.
You know. The one where I have an amazing decorating idea that I came up with and I have to share it and have coffee with you just in case you have a similar challenge in your own space.
Let’s start with a little background and the floor plan.
I remember the first day I walked into the house. After I shook its hand and told it hello, I mapped out the spaces. The entry was a small room with a dining room on the right and a small door that led to the living room on the left. If you walked through the main entry, you would enter into a hallway with a door that led into the room on the right with the kitchen on the left.
Oh good, me, too.
In a decorating nut shell, there were four rooms in a square with an entry and a hallway in the center and a whole lot of doors.
Here’s a photograph of the front entry that kind of explains how we remodeled the space.
See the opening on the left?
That’s where the door used to be.
We left the existing wall and cut out a large opening to create the feel of an open space. Ahead you can see the kitchen on the left and the door to the family room. That part of the family room used to be the hallway and we took down the wall to make it one large space and open up the traffic flow.
Here’s another angle so you can see the dining room and how it relates to the rest of the house.
You can see a peek into the family room.
There used to be a wall right in front of that floor grate.
Does it all make more sense now?
When we finished, one of the biggest challenges I faced was what to do with the entry way.
It’s too big to dismiss and decorate with its own style and too small to set up a card party.
Total Land of the Lost.
Watch out for Sleestaks.
I had to figure out a way to connect the living room and the dining room using the front entry.
I tried painting it white.
I tried painting it the color of one of the adjoining room.
It needed its own space and its own personality.
So I came up with an easy, simple explanation anyone can create with just a can of paint.
I know, right? Are you as amazed as I was when I thought of it?
When you’re connecting two rooms, you can take one color from one of the rooms and combine it with white (or even the color of the other room).
You could even stripe the room horizontally. Or make one of the stripes really large and the other really small.
It’s an easy way to fill a small space (especially one that everyone sees first) with personality.
And tell those Sleestaks to take a hike. 🙂
PS You can see my stripe painting tips here.
PPS I also striped the steps right outside the door.