Monday, February 15, 2010

Paint Help

I wrote this e-mail to Southern Hospitality.  I'm not quite sure if she will respond, but it was worth a try.  I find lots of inspiration for paint colors and decorating in general on her blog.  Check out the bathroom in her most recent post... isn't it gorgeous?  Alas, I am still confused about what to do with my space.

Dear Southern Hospitality:

I read your blog through google blog reader and I think that you are the perfect person to help me and other readers as well.

I was wondering if you have any ideas on the best way to paint a split foyer home. We just moved and we want to put a green color on the walls. However, in a split foyer home... all of the walls run together. Our foyer wall is connected to the living room wall... and the back of the living room is connected to the entire hallway. Is there a suggested way to break up the walls so that we don't have to paint the entire top level g-r-e-e-n.

I am sure that I am NOT the only person who lives in a split foyer home and I thought that maybe you would have some ideas that you could share with me and your other readers fans.

I have attached pictures for you to view or you can view the pictures and a post about this request on my blog at


p.s.  We are aiming for this type of green, which is what we had in our last home, with a beige couch and black accents.  Also, I did NOT decorate that country kitchen (in the picture above).  It is more of a Tuscan themed kitchen now.

If anybody has any suggestions on how to paint JUST THE LIVING ROOM green (or any other creative idea) then please let me know.


Jen said...

I have been studying the pictures and the best idea I can come up with is, paint the foyer, living room front wall, side wall, back wall green. But stop the green when you get to the hallway. Take some of that Blue Tape you know the Painters tape and align it with the straight edge on the archway to the kitchen but on the furthest side where the hallway starts and only paint the top of the arch green and then stop when you come to the tape that is aligned with the straight edge so you don't have any funky curves of paint going on.

I think painting the foyer the same color would be a good idea since it's all connected but stopping it at the arch in the hallway would be fine or you can paint down the hallway too. Hopefully this makes a little bit of since and helps you out a little :)

Nap Mom said...

I know. We are going to have to fins some "creative" way to create a "border" between the rooms. I am NOT opposed to painting the foyer green too... but it would be TOO MUCH to carry that green down the hallway as well.

Thanks for the suggestion Jen!

Suz and Joe said...

If you want the foyer green but not the living room, why not put a partial post along the end of the half wall that is shared by the foyer and living room. The pillar could be white, the foyer could be green, and the living room could be whatever color you want. So, if you go to the second photo, and right where the "e" is in "foyer," place a pillar along that front wall, I think that would work.

Nap Mom said...

Yes - a pillar could work actually. I really want the living room to be green. The foyer can be green too... but to make the hallway green would be overkill.

A pillar, huh? I'm gonna think about that. Good idea!

soccergirl18 said...

We have a little strip of wood (almost like floor trim) on the wall to separate the kitchen wall from the family room wall so that there could be two colors. You could paint it white or you could decide which color of the two being used on either side to paint it. Can't wait to see it.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Jen, sorry it took me awhile to get over here! I lived in a split foyer much like yours when I was in GA, so I know all about the challenges of painting. You could definitely, as suggested, put up a trim piece of molding on the wall where that 1/2 wall looks over to the foyer, to separate the paint colors in foyer & livingroom. That would work great for the separation. Trimwork and molding painted white.

As far as the other parts, I actually painted one side of an overhang one color, stopped the color at the corner that turned down the hall and began another color that direction. So, when you were standing in my kitchen looking to the LR, the kitchen was one color, then once you walked to the LR, it was another, and the only separation was corner walls. It wasn't totally ideal, but it did work for me. So you might have some ideas on how to use that. I'm sure you will figure it out. Sometimes a corner can be a break in color, but make sure they flow!