A couple of days ago, I showed you the front entry bench vignette of my friend’s house, I want to show you a little more of that front entry hallway…
This shows the whole hallway to the front door. You can take in that gorgeous vintage braided rug. Just to the left through that doorway is the sun-filled front room, that we started this house tour with a couple weeks ago.
Besides the beautiful vintage paintings she has above the bench, she also has this pair of prints hung in the hallway wall just before you enter the dining room doorway. One of the prints is an antique, the other is a reproduction, can you tell? I’m not telling…
But here’s what I really want to talk about…the floor! When she moved in she was faced with this oak floor, a little mundane for her style, but in terrific shape, so to rip it out seemed very wasteful. Together, we came up with this idea, painting right over the finished floor with one coat of a durable black paint in a diamond pattern, leaving a little of the oak floor showing through to give a distressed look. Beautiful!
Here’s a tip: by turning the squares diagonally, instead of doing a straight on ‘checkerboard’ pattern, it actually visually enlarges the space, visually ‘pushing’ the walls out! Also it seems less ‘busy’ than a straight on checkerboard pattern.
This simple treatment took a ‘run-of-the-mill’, very average floor to a unique, stunning ‘feature’ in the front hall.
Here are more posts I’ve written about front and back entries:
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