My entryway has green tiles with brown speckles (not an easy thing to work with) so... I have no clue what color I should paint the walls or how to decorate this area. Help!
Use the holiday season as an excuse to finally tackle your decorating dilemma. The mix of family and friends dropping in for holiday parties and the cold weather (all of those extra layers and boots need to go somewhere!), makes this season the perfect time to organize and decorate your entryway. This is the first space your guests will see, so you want it to be welcoming, beautiful and functional.
The tiles might not be the easiest medium to work with, but they certainly are not unmanageable. For your walls, choose a paint color that matches the brown speckles in your tile. The space will immediately feel more harmonious - even slightly dramatic, especially if your entryway is small and cozy and the brown is a deep, rich and aesthetically pleasing color.
If your entrance is a large and open, I suggest you choose a neutral color for the walls (see my post about working with a neutral palette). Balance the color of the tiles even further by decorating with flowers and potted plants in similar green and brown hues.
Another idea is to cover the floor with exotic, patterned area rugs that have touches of brown and green in them. The layering of patterns will help camouflage your difficult tiles - and it gives you a chance to introduce more color into the space.
I love this quote from Bunny Williams, which I found while reading Sister Parish Design for my book Friday post a couple of weeks ago. It is full of advice, inspiration and motivation for making your entryway just as beautiful as the rest of your home:
"The front hall is important because when you open the door of a house, it pulls you in or it doesn't. It's the first thing you see and it's fun to have a little drama about it. That's why I love to do stenciled or painted floors. You often stand in a front hall. It's your first impression and I think it is a place that should be exciting. It is a great place for a wonderful color; it is a great place for a fabulous floor. It doesn't have to have a lot of furniture in it; I just make sure to have a hall table and a mirror and a beautiful container of flowers... It's the place to welcome people, so make it feel special. Even if I didn't have flowers in any other place in the house, I would want them in the front hall." (Sister Parish Design, by Susan Bartlett Crater and Libby Cameron)