When we bought this house there was the most beautiful but funky wallpaper in the front hall. It was a historic reproduction paper that was hand stamped with a great country-themed coat of arms made up of garden tools and crops encircled in laurel wreath. I had never seen anything like it and was bound and determined to keep it forever and decorate around it.
My first challenge was trying to decide how to use the space. In the 18th and 19th centuries, this room was the central and only living space in the house. When the previous owners added a living room addition on each side of the house, this room lost its purpose. Although that didn't stop them from using it as a THIRD living room.
NOT MY STYLE, but to each their own.
Technically the space now serves as the entry hall, but most people tend to come in and out through our side door, so it barely serves that function either. We’ve tried numerous set ups and styles, but nothing we did seemed to bring purpose to the room.
Eventually, we gave in and decided it was time to embrace how the room was actually being used, as a passage way from one end of the house to the other. Sad but true so set about trying to make it bright and interesting, and for the rare times we greeted guests at the front door, it needed to feel welcoming too. I could feel my historical wallpaper crying as we made the decision to remove it.
Even with just one piece of the wallpaper removed, the room seemed brighter.
We ended up with Farrow and Ball Estate Emulsion Weavet on the walls, and Estate Ammonite on the trim. I’m still trying to figure out the right furniture and set up, but the new found light in the room has made a huge difference. If you have suggestions, we’d love to hear them. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org