Simple Updates for a Small Foyer

simple updates for a small entryway foyerI have always loved mudrooms and foyers.  I’ve dreamt of cubbies, planked walls, reclaimed barn wood shelves and farmhouse sinks…all in a mudroom.
But, such spaces aren’t to be in a small house with a small foyer.  However, just having a designated entryway is huge to me.  I mean, a place that is designed to store coats, shoes, dog leashes, and treats…yes please!

before small entryway

The picture above was where we started two years ago.

simple updates for a small entryway foyer

After the first wave of renovation and the first round of paint, we had a yellow door and a teal mirror.  And I loved it.  But as I began decorating the rest of the house, I realized that I am more drawn to neutrals.  The yellow and teal were just too much color for me anymore.

simple updates for a small entryway foyer

I made some small changes this weekend and I am in love, once again!

simple updates for a small entryway foyer

The previously yellow door is now Sherwin Williams Grey Shingle (SW 7670)  .  It’s a few shades darker than the walls – – Sherwin Williams Big Chill (SW 7648).

simple updates for a small entryway foyer

 I picked up this small chalkboard at Home Goods for $12.  I added some hooks to the bottom so now we have a place to hang keys and keep wallets.

simple updates for a small entryway foyer

Another small house problem is shoes…I really dislike shoes near the door.  If you have a bigger house, this may not bother you as much.  But when you’re dealing with small spaces, any extra clutter is super annoying!  I bought this little basket at Target to hold the shoes that we wear on a daily basis…flip flops, Crocs.

updating a small entryway foyer

Another simple, yet huge, change was spray painting the mirror black.  It is so much more subtle now.  At some point I still think I would love a more organic mirror there, but I’m very happy with this look.

updating a small entryway foyer

The mirror, iron railing and schoolhouse light fixture go so well together.

updating a small entryway foyer

I’m amazed I didn’t do this earlier!

updating a small entryway foyer

 Have you ever searched for flush mount ceiling lights?  It can be a tough search.  I found this Rudimentary Schoolhouse Flush Mount Light from Barn Light Electric.  It fits my low ceiling height and adds the character I love.

simple updates to a small foyer

I’ve been making some other changes in the hallway, too.  I’ll hopefully get that finished this week so I can share it with you all.  Thanks for stopping by!
I’ll be linking up over at these great blogs so check them out: Tip Junkie // Home Stories A to Z // Sugar Bee Crafts // The Crowned Goat // Refresh Living // DIY Showoff // Just a Girl and Her Blog //

  • Jen @ Restore + Style - The gray color for the door is a good choice. I really love you style. So clean and bright!ReplyCancel

    • Teresa P - Thank you so much Jen! I’m really happy with the door color:) I plan to use this same color on the doors in my basement, as well as on the stairs. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • CoCo - This is totally amazing! I love love love all of the paint colors you chose. It’s crazy how something so subtle can change the entire look and it’s fantastic. You’re on a roll! CocoReplyCancel

    • Teresa P - Thanks so much CoCo! I know – – it felt so nice to put in a little effort and on the same day have a huge improvement!ReplyCancel

  • Tara @ Lehman lane - I have done the same thing with paint many times where I go bold only to change it to a more neutral color later. Your foyer looks great. I love all the simple changes you made. Shoes by the door drives me crazy too:). Great idea to add a basket to collect yours:) thanks so much for linking up with dream. Create. Inspire. Link:). Take care, TaraReplyCancel

    • Teresa P - Thanks Tara! Oh I’m so glad you’ve repainted, too:) I’m really finding a love of neutral even though it’s so different from what I used to love. Ugh, shoes are the worst! Thanks for stopping by:)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I am crazy for the color that you painted your door! Just gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!

    • Teresa P - Oh thank you so much Karen! I’m planning to paint my basement doors that same color. I can’t wait! Thanks for visiting:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - I am so in love with this! Could you tell me if you used the small or the large rudimentary schoolhouse light? I want to get one for my foyer and I’m having a hard time deciding. Also, I’m in LOVE with your grays! We’ve done most of our walls in Sherwin Williams’ Lazy Gray, but now I want to switch!ReplyCancel

    • Teresa P - Hi Kate, Thanks! I used the large light in my entry. Don’t you just love grey? I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those greys!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Thanks for letting me know – I almost went with the small, but I’m going to follow your lead! I think I’m going to pull the trigger on my very own schoolhouse light on Barn Light Electric’s site this weekend (yay for Labor Day sales!). And yay for all grays! Awesome blog, by the way.ReplyCancel

  • Dani - I am Karin Spencer friend who lived near you. I have to say, what you have done with the house is amazing! I practically lived there, they were another set of grandparents! I am so happy for you and your husband and your new daughter on the way. She will get to grow up in an awesome neighborhood and have many memories to make of there!


    • Teresa P - Oh thank you so much Dani! My mom mentioned that Karin’s friend lived near here. I can’t believe you’ve watched the blog…that’s awesome! I’m glad you like what we’ve done with the house. It is such a good house and we feel so lucky to have found it and be living in this neighborhood. Thanks Dani!ReplyCancel

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