Before and After: A Boho Blue Entryway Gets an Easy Style Switch-Up

published Mar 8, 2022
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Because entryways are relatively small, they’re a great spot to experiment with fun paint colors, wallpaper, and (non-bulky) furniture, like mirrors, console tables, and benches. For this same reason, they’re a great spot to start with if you’re wanting to switch up the vibe in your place, decor-wise. It won’t take a ton of furniture or material to make a big change.

Take it from DIYer Christina Chen (@color_myhome), who says, “the entryway, in my opinion, is one of the most versatile areas to make an authentic first impression.”

She wanted to revamp her home’s entrance, which was wrapped by a staircase. When she first moved in, the area was plain white, and she quickly painted it blue and added boho touches. “At first, I decided to Google the most-used paint color at the time, and it was blue,” she says. “I decided to give it a try, and it didn’t feel like me. I also tried a boho style, as it was trending at the time, and again it didn’t feel like me.”

Wanting to create an entrance that actually suited her personality, she decided to mix things up again to create a space that would give her “the butterflies” as she puts it — a wow-worthy, welcoming feeling that signifies home.

“After incorporating more of ‘me,’ I felt free,” Christina describes. “I felt like my mind finally unlocked something. I love that I incorporated my favorite color and style.”

She painted the walls beneath the stairs green with a specialty lime wash paint and added William Morris’ “Honeysuckle” wallpaper to the opposite wall for pops of color that felt more like her.

In the same alcove with the wallpaper, she added trim and a decorative rail to give the space more varied architectural interest.

She kept her same console table as before and added a bench from Target across from it to up the coziness.

Christina also hung Pottery Barn sconces, a gold-framed mirror, and thrifted art and frames to make the space feel complete. Her new rug duo helps to soften the tile in the entryway.

“I’m absolutely sure I’m giving the right impression to my visitors now,” Christina says.

Her advice for giving your home a grand entrance? “If you don’t get the butterflies, change it, and don’t hold back!”