When we moved in, I painted an accent wall in our living room chocolate brown. It's such a deep brown that many people think it's black until they hold something black up to it. I love it, it's dramatic and pretty and really brings your eye to the focal point of the room, our fireplace. When we were deciding what to paint the entryway, I was toying around with hot pink! I know, crazy but it's our accent color in the living room (the room directly off our entry) and the entry is so small I thought maybe it could handle the bright color. Well, I was nervous and several people convinced me to paint it the same color as our accent wall (chocolate brown).
I lived with it from August to April and then I just couldn't stand it anymore. The look and feel I was going for in my entry was/is fun and upbeat and this chocolate brown seemed really formal and it was so dark that it felt (to me) like I was entering a cave - definitely not how I wanted people to feel when walking into my home. So, while my husband was away on a mission trip my parents came for a visit and I talked my dad (who is a professional painter) into painting these horizontal stripes. I've seen horizontal stripes on Nate Burkus and Pinterest and have loved them every time I see them. I love how it turned out, every time I look into the entryway it makes me happy. What do you think?