Can you believe these tasteful stairs were once orange? To transform them, the designer sanded the handrails and stained them with a dark walnut stain. Stairs and spindles got a coat of fresh paint, Benjamin Moore Simply White, that matches the hallway walls.
This light and bright foyer boasts cream colored walls paired with a mint green accent wall and red-brown hardwood floors. A contemporary stairway features a railing made with metal posts, cable wire and wood. A bench area in the entrance offers a spot for easy shoe removal.
Much of the home's front wall is glass, so to continue that airy feel, the stairs in the center of the house are open. The black railings and sharp angles are a visual complement to the foyer's large artwork.
Wisps of vines and blooms decorate the walls of the foyer, taking the traditional architecture of the home in a fresh, contemporary direction. The wallpaper's color also picks up the warm tones of the hardwood floor.
One of Joanna Gaines' recommendations when she showed this house to prospective buyers was to open up the foyer and stair. The renovation included reconfiguring the entry, making room for a perfect reading nook with built-in bookshelves tucked beneath the stairs.
"Colorful produce is a fragrant and easy way to add style to the entry," stylist Matthew Mead says. "Inexpensive fruits like green apples, tangelos and lemons" add interest everywhere, from centerpieces to the staircase, and create engaging focal points, he says. "Berries and sprigs of evergreen add a festive touch." Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead
This cozy vestibule welcomes visitors and gives clues to the home’s overall design scheme, the pairing of old and new. Modern artwork and a contemporary pendant light cozy up to Brazilian chestnut floors and traditional furnishings.
Hints of purple, gray and black pop out from the stair runner complimenting the gray walls and the first floor rug. A tufted bench pulls out the purple for a rich accent color in the foyer. Wooden handrails and columns travel up and turn with the staircase at the accent wall covered in a subtly patterned gray wallpaper.