I am itching sooooo bad to decorate our entry. It is really hard to fight the urge to lay down a rug, change out the light, bring in a few plants (obviously). Since that would make me look a little crazy…right? Or no? Ok yes, I will just settle for dreaming and creating design boards.
If you missed it, yesterday we shared how we made over the Idaho Travertine wall in our entry by adding mortar and painting it white with a Limewash. After we shared it, there were a few comments who said…”you took away the character, I liked it before”. I totally get it. It looks like we just covered up some unique rock with white paint. BUT the reason we did that was because the rock WAS the focal point, far too busy to compliment any personal items we brought in. The rock would always overpower the room.
You want your feature walls to be a lovely backdrop for whatever you add. None of our decor choices would have complimented that busy, orange travertine rock. It would have always been where your eye was drawn to. An unhealthy competition, which we don’t need in our lives.
Hopefully seeing these design boards will give you an idea of the WHY we loved the texture and decided to modernize the current rock rather than take it down.
PS- don’t judge too harshly my photoshop skills. I created all of these in PicMonkey or you can use Canva (they have a free option).
Entry Design Ideas-
All of the entry ideas you will see the same light floor and we are planning on adding painted white wood ceiling. Along with doing an all glass door to let in more light. I like the current door, it is just really old and doesn’t work that great. A mirror is also something you will see repeated over and over in each entry idea, because I like how the light bounces off a mirror and it will look good for all decor season changes.
Light Fixture // Console // Mirror // Lamp // Face Print // Magnolia Branches // Baskets // Entry Rug
Entry Idea #1- Looking for a more budget-friendly entry idea? Well this is your look! The light fixture is the least expensive, but only 11″ wide, I did find this option that is 15″ wide. Love the idea of a large glass vase that you can easily put fresh clippings in for each season!
Light Fixture // Console // Mirror // Branches // Low cement bowl // Entry Rug
Entry Idea #2- The light fixture in this entry idea makes a statement and is also simple. But it is smaller scale (11″ wide) than I put in the photo, so I won’t personally be doing this one, but might work for someone else! The entry piece is really great because of the rounded edges. I have wanted to use that mirror somewhere and it looks really pretty contrasting the rock wall. This entry rug is a favorite! Love the dark background and pattern, good for a high-traffic space.
Light Fixture // Console // Mirror // Bird Print // Plant // Coat Rack // Entry Rug
Entry Idea #3- This look is probably my favorite with the coat rack, perfect for guests. Also that light fixture is amazing and pricey, but you get what you pay for since it is 24″ round and 16″ tall. And the rug might be the one I go with because it has the hunter green and touches of blush that will be repeated throughout the house.
Light Fixture // Mirror // Plant // Lamp // Console // Baskets // Entry Rug
Entry Idea #4- For this entry idea I like that the light fixture is 24″ wide, larger scale. And the baskets are great for shoes and storage. The rug is gorgeous, but might not work as well for us based on the furniture we are doing in the dining room. You want your entry to be a statement of what is to come in the rest of the house.
Light Fixture // Oversized Mirror // Ottoman // Real Hanging Plant // Entry Rug
Entry Idea #5– This is more of a minimal look and I think it is so fun! We actually have space to the left of the door I could put a smaller console and do a larger oversized floor mirror with a neat ottoman to sit and put shoes on (add a basket under it for shoe storage). Of course, a space is never complete without a plant! That light fixture is so pretty too with the pop of gold to contest the black. I will have gold repeated through our light fixtures, important to consider when mixing metals.
What do you think?? What look is your favorite? I honestly love them all! The rugs are so good for entries, darker and/or has pattern. I highly recommend creating a design board to help you save money, time and help with the decision making process.
I think I’m drawn to #3 and #4 the most! These design boards are so fun, you did a great job!
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Thank you Joy!
I love number #5! I love the oversized mirror. I have noticed a lot of designers have been adding them to there design. But, anything you choose Brooke will be beautiful. It always is. Very excited to see it finished.
I like #1 the best and #2 second best! I appreciated your comment that your entryway is supposed to give people a taste of what’s to come – kind of like a design appetizer? When you have time in the future I think a lot of these insights and examples could be bundled into a course on what to think about as you design your home – just food for thought!
I really like #1, BUT…… I don’t recall seeing an electrical plug-in outlet on the rock wall. How will you plug in a lamp….. or more importantly a diffuser??? 😱😱😱.
I do know I always, ALWAYS love everything you do. I’ve learned not to question your process because, in the end, EVERY choice you make pulls together into the most lovely space! I have never disliked anything you have shared. You pretty much have the magic touch.
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very good point!!!! We will add a plug to the left of the door (hopefully). You know I need a light and diffuser!
You are so kind, thank you!!!
Rachel Harkins - Thacker says
Can you hide a floor plug just in front of the rock wall? I am sure you could create a cover that could match the floor and disappear flush when not in use.
Hayley Young says
I like #1 best and #4 second best!
I LOVE #1 and #2! Definitely saving those for future reference!
Rachel Harkins - Thacker says
My choice would be #1,#4 or #5 . I think # five would be awesome with basket underneath and the console to the left . My eye is really drawn to # 1 but they all 3 are beautiful!
They are all gorgeous! I like #1 and #2 the best. I can’t wait to see what you do.
Cora Conklin says
#1 is my pick but with smaller console table so you can have coat rack. Love that overhead fixture too.
Tough decision but I like #2 the best but I loveee everything you did in your last house so I know whatever you choose will look wonderful and work for you snd your family.
I love them all too but I think he last one with the mirror is so good! Love the wall and can’t wait to see what you decide!
I would have to pick #1 because I believe it will tie in the wood beams and wood ceilings after you lighten them while keeping the airy and light. Love your talent.
Love #3! So fun to see all the boards!
I love #1
Rachel Y. says
I love #3! I like the mix of shapes and textures. And I love the coat rack. I’m so glad they seem to be coming back in style. I don’t dislike any of the other options, each has something beautiful,
What a fun idea to really see it all in five different ways! I love #1 but would do smaller baskets and swap the light fixture with the one in #5. I always love your design ideas and can’t wait to see your new house all finished.
I love them all! I’m leaning toward #3 as my fav, but whatever you do is going to look gorgeous!
#1 captured my eye. You and Kevin did a great job and I learned a lot.
Like the black console against the lime washed brick wall.
Of course, baskets for storage, glass vase for flowers and rug for added
color and design.
I’m drawn to #1. Everthing in the design board just fills out the space so nicely! Your wall is beautiful – it add dimension and “bulk” to the entry. Filling the space balances the expanse and the size of the wall. But whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be beautiful.
#1 hands-down is my favorite, but I think you do any of the light fixtures with this one…
Love #1! So interested to see how everything turns out.
#2 Makes a Beautiful Statement for a grand Entry!
Kelsey Wells says
I love all your design ideas, but I’m in love with idea #1. I love all the soft colours. Your home will look amazing when your finished.
Can I vote for them all?! But I really love the rug in no 3 so that’s my vote. No matter what you do it’s going to look fantastic and I’ll be copying!
I vote 3! That one stood out to me the most. Coat rack is a must!
I love all of your ideas!! I especially love option 5. The mirror is breathtaking and gives a fresh new look that you don’t see often!
Brittney p says
Kind of loving number 1. The rug is a great contrast to the wall. I do love storage baskets but I kind of love how you can shut something away. I am sure whatever you pick will be amazing.
I love aspects of all of them but #2 is my overall favourite for its whole look!
Love them all!! For myself I would choose 1 or 2. Any of them will be beautiful! Oh and I’m aaalllll for redoing the rock wall. I love natural elements in a home, but I definitely understand the initial rock being overpowering. Now it just adds beautiful texture while allowing the decor to pop. I love your page and can’t wait to see the rest of the renovations.
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Thank you very much!!!
The wall looks amazing! You and Kevin did a great job! All of the design boards are so good but I’m really liking 1 and 3. How are going to decide which one to do?
#1, for sure! I like the scale of the table/baskets
Camey S. says
I love the look of the console in #1, so I’d choose that option, but swap the rug with the rug from design #3 so it’ll tie in the colors from the rest of your home. Excited to see your final design!
My favorite is 1 :). But whatever you choose will be gorgeous. Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
I love Number 1! I’m excited to see what you choose!