Ideas for small entryway with 20' height

I need to paint this entryway again. I will be painting a chalk color but I need an idea to break up the walls. Years ago I had stenciled the wall to break up the height if anybody can direct me to ant pictures with ideas that would be fantastic.
q ideas for small entryway with 20 height, foyer, home decor, painting, Stenciling on there now
Stenciling on there now
q ideas for small entryway with 20 height, foyer, home decor, painting, I was not able to take a full picture of entryway but a small idea of what it looks like
I was not able to take a full picture of entryway but a small idea of what it looks like
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  • Pat Cobb Pat Cobb on Feb 03, 2014

  • Rita O'Dwyer Rita O'Dwyer on Feb 03, 2014
    What about beaded board or wainscoting half way up?

    • Missi Missi on Feb 05, 2014
      @Rita O'Dwyer I TOTALLY agree w/Rita on this...when I saw your post that is exactly what I was thinking. White bead board and then a pastel color on the top even before I saw the pics...good luck and please show after pics :)

  • Moxie Moxie on Feb 03, 2014
    What a great space!!! If I had all that space...I would mural the ceiling and keep the walls simple

  • Moxie Moxie on Feb 03, 2014
    You could do the ceiling color down the walls a bit if you want to make it feel less high....monochrome wide strips might be pretty cool to

    • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Feb 04, 2014
      @Moxie I agree. If the ceiling color is brought down just a few inches it will bring the appearance of the height down, specially if the color is a tone darker. I do that with small rooms with low ceilings but do the ceiling a tone lighter. It makes for interesting ceilings to do them other then white also.

  • Jean Jean on Feb 04, 2014
    I can't do anything with the ceiling it flows into another room, so it is not a separate room but I do love your ideas. That is why I want something to do with the walls so they are not just one color.

  • Marguerite Acosta Marguerite Acosta on Feb 05, 2014
    You could use wall paper in any pattern down low, and pick a color from it for the above part. The make great borders to separate the two as well.

  • Timeless Interiors Timeless Interiors on Feb 05, 2014
    I agree with the wainscoting idea. Alternatively, embrace your high ceilings! Cutting the walls in half like that appears a bit dated. Instead, I would paint a solid color, add some moulding if you'd like to bring the ceiling color down a bit, then find some great artwork or hanging accessories to break it up visually. Good luck!

  • Diane Woods Diane Woods on Feb 05, 2014
    What about putting 2 x 4's to make it a paneled wall? You could put pictures inside each box, or just leave it plain.

  • Elizabeth Sagarminaga Elizabeth Sagarminaga on Feb 05, 2014
    Can you put in shelves on the lower/ upper part of the wall and house books , odd knickknacks, etc. This would help. Alternatively, put up some paintings on the wall. They would look impressive- maybe one with an angry sea or of Mt Fuji- ie to say of something mighty where both can do justice to each other.

  • Yvonne Day Aka Miss Ruby Yvonne Day Aka Miss Ruby on Feb 05, 2014
    I say Embrace the high ceilings and put a very tall mirror and/or console/ bracket with a shelf on it to fit that area. Put a tall lamp on the area to make it more dramatic. You could also do a glazed stripe or stencil design to bring texture into the area. Having small things in such a tall area will date it or make it look unfinished. Tall sconce arrangements look good there too. Also take a look at your light fixture, bigger can help fill in the area or even adding shades or jewels will be a nice added change. Let us know how you do!

  • The Fairy Garden The Fairy Garden on Feb 05, 2014
    I agree..the height in this area is dramatic and beautiful. In fact I think I would accentuate it with a very subtly colored stripped wall paper, add a tall mirror with a soft white frame and put in a small hanging chandelier to compliment the nice glass work in the doorway and play light against the mirror. It is a stunning space.

  • The Fairy Garden The Fairy Garden on Feb 05, 2014
    Also like the idea of painting the ceiling a slightly bolder color and bringing the color down the wall a bit and trim with very narrow wood trim if you really want to drop the height a bit.