Help! I Feel Like I'm Eating in My Entryway

Help! I Feel Like I'm Eating in My Entryway

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Regina Yunghans
Nov 5, 2014
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Q: We built a beautiful country "farm house," but made a bad design decision. The front door opens into the hall which flows without interruption into the main part of the house which is the dining area/kitchen/living room. Think of a T shape. It is a straight shot from the front door to dining table (30 feet).

This feels as if we are still in the hall when we sit there. The front door has glass windows, and our cars are right outside, so looking up from the table we see them. Psychologically it feels uncomfortable — somehow unsheltered by the house. Solutions: furnish the hall? (We spent all our money on building so that hasn't happened yet.) Build a knee wall at the junction? Curtains on the front door windows? Define spaces with rugs? I am experimenting with hanging a heavy curtain where the hall ends and the living space begins. A little odd, but it does create a more private feeling.. Of course, the curtain is strange from the front door side, but only for the unexpected visitor. Any thoughts?

The house is full of wood, classic hand crafted details, rustic red oak floors. The paint colors are a mid-range grey and cream, with white trim. If I do go for the curtain, what color/texture?. I could match the drapes in the living room - a dark velvet brown. The house is overall quite dark - and I wouldn't mind eclectically jazzing up the "oh so tasteful feeling" with bright hot color. Would a bright green be too strange? Or maybe a zingy texture - nubby silk? I know you talented Apartment Therapy people will have some insight! Not skilled in these matters, so grateful for thoughts.

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