Entry foyer

we have a brick walled entry foyer with dark brown slate floors. I want to lighten this area up but am not sure what to do. I've thought about plastering the walls, or adding shiplap boards or just painting the bricks Any ideas ?
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  • Lea Swenson Lea Swenson on May 07, 2017
    Brick is popular again so I would paint it if I were you. There are a lot of ideas here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/204139795588852940/

    • Quiltin Mammar Quiltin Mammar on May 08, 2017
      Thanks for the link. Will look tonight after work. It's 3pm here and I'm sitting waiting for my lunch order! Flat out today at work

  • Susan Savarese Susan Savarese on May 07, 2017
    How about doing a whitewash on the brick? It lightens it yet still retains that old world charm. I actually love your bricked entry! I think it would look awesome whitewashed. Or that german smear look, love that as well!

    • Quiltin Mammar Quiltin Mammar on May 08, 2017
      I like that idea of whitewash. Just need to convince hubby lol. Will need to google the German smear look

  • Stefeni Stefeni on May 07, 2017
    I agree with Susan S. I would use plaster and smear larger blotches over the brick in places giving it a more plastered look with the brick showing through in places. Giving it that old world look...That will really lighten up the foyer and give it provenance as well. The brick floor keeps it tied together and then add some metal florist canisters full of colorful blooms (faux) and it will become France for sure!

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on May 07, 2017
    I too say go lighter. But, to break the ceiling and brick colors, perhaps make the molding the color of your floor? Hope that helps.

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    • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on May 08, 2017
      It might be that we didn't know where you lived. Your home is lovely. Whatever you decide to do please share with us?? We that answer questions love to see the results of our suggestions!

  • Debbie Debbie on May 08, 2017
    Get a Dog!

  • Susan Savarese Susan Savarese on May 08, 2017
    Oh I understand about "convincing" the husband! I usually wait until he leaves and then do it anyway and he's always so pleased and admits that he would have said no way! Please let me know if you do it, I'd love to see it!

  • Inetia Inetia on May 08, 2017
    White wash the brick walls and lay a light colored Berber carpet.