Our entryway has been a labor of love and a work-in-progress for many years. Today we’re unveiling the most recent update – a fresh paint color!
Welcome to My Favorite ‘Room’
Voila! This summer will mark the eight-year-anniversary of us living in this home, and it has taken every day of those eight years to turn our entryway into what you see today. It’s often why I tell people that my favorite ‘room’ in this house is the entryway. It’s why we feel pride in the work we’ve poured into every inch. Our entryway has been an evolving, living and breathing space. It welcomes our friends in, greets them with a smile. (Now more than ever, we think!)
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The toasty, taupe-y color that won our hearts is Milk Toast (3001-10B) by Valspar. It feels comforting and warm, with undertones of rose and fresh peach. We. Are. In. Love! As with any paint project, we spent weeks dissecting paint chips taped to the wall (all picked up from Lowe’s), and we miraculously narrowed our choices down to Valspar’s Adirondack Path, Sand Storm, New Penny and Milk Toast. Valspar’s vast color selection ensured that we would find exactly what we were hunting for, even if it was our own indecision that halted our progress – ha!
In the end, we felt like Milk Toast had enough taupe to prevent is from feeling too ‘little kid,’ but enough color to make us smile – which is exactly how we want our friends and family to react when we welcome them into our home.
Choosing the Right Paint for the Job
We’re no strangers to Valspar paint, and Valspar Reserve® Interior Paint and Primer is our new go-to for the bulk of our paint projects! Valspar Reserve® is their premium formula for the richest color, and I can already say from firsthand experience that it resists scratches and scuffs while being wipeable. (Like, I’ve already cleaned up crayon and finger paint with success!)
We purchased ours from Lowe’s in both eggshell (for the walls) and flat finishes (for the ceilings), and we treated ourselves by hiring out the paint job itself. While we typically tackle the painting ourselves, in one part of our entryway, the ceiling is 20′ from the ground, and we knew a professional could handle it safely.
Did you know our home has curves?! Milk Toast shows them off from every angle, and it was the best surprise. The arch that separates the living room from the entryway was added in phase one of our home renovation…
… which was modeled after this arch on our second floor landing, original to the house:
Painting the Walls + Ceiling the Same Color
You might be noticing the trend of painting walls and ceilings the same color, and I am here for it! Not only does it give the illusion of taller ceilings, but the color envelopes you; it embraces you like a hug. To play off the new color, we swapped in this light and added an oversized floor mirror (anchored securely to the wall with straps):
In smaller spaces, I’m all in for painting walls and ceilings the same color. Have you tried this in your own home? There’s something about this application that feels extra special, like it encourages you to unwind and enjoy.
Since adding Valspar Milk Toast to our entryway, we’ve continued our tradition of painting all the nooks and crannies in our home a more saturated color! Below, this is our view from the sofa, looking into both the entry and snug (on the right). Chicago homes are notoriously long and skinny due to how the lots are allocated, and adding a dash of warmth here, a splash of color there, adds so much dimension.
Aaah. Will this view ever get old? Thank you to Valspar for encouraging us to take the leap with color, and thank you for cheering us on as we waffled between every paint sample!