Before & After: Dark Entry Goes Light & Bright

Before & After: Dark Entry Goes Light & Bright

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Tara Bellucci
Mar 21, 2015
(Image credit: Dee )

Dee's new house was dark, having been painted chocolate brown with dark trim throughout. She decided to start at the beginning— and transform the entryway first.

(Image credit: Dee )

From Dee:

About a year ago, my fiancé and I bought our first house together! While I was excited at finally having my very own home, I completely underestimated the amount of work involved in getting it to look like my "dream" home. Luckily for us, the changes have all been cosmetic so far.

We started with the first floor/entryway. In the before pic, you can see that lovely dark chocolate brown walls and the even darker trim — which by the way was in the ENTIRE townhouse. It was making the space entirely too dark and depressing. Don't get me wrong, I was all over the chocolate brown and aqua color combo trend 5-10 years ago, but I just wanted something more bright, clean, and neutral. We went with Behr's Toasted Almond for the walls, bleached linen for the trim and Verdigris for the accent wall. We also recolored the grout which made the floors look brand new. Once we had a "clean" slate, I was ready to get to the fun part — decorating! (yay!)

I found the console table from Target for about $80, the mirror from Garden Ridge for $40, the stools on sale from Michaels for $30 each, and all of the accessories from Home goods ranging from $7-$20. The rug was painted by yours truly using an indoor/outdoor rug from Home depot for $18, and the leftover paint.

I'm extremely happy with how my makeover turned out! I love that this is the first thing I see when I get home from a hard or stressful day at work! It also serves as great motivation for me to continue working on the rest of the house.

For more photos and info, check out Dee's blog, Deeva Designs.

Thank you Dee!

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