During our recent kitchen renovation, we extended the wood floors into most of the downstairs including the foyer. We couldn’t just leave the stairs the same light oak color so we stained them the same color as the new floors – (Minwax-Provincial). We also painted the risers white and replaced the spindles with new white ones. And after 16 years, 2 kids and a dog, the runner needed to be ripped out in the process!
Goodbye yellowed oak and dingy runner…
Hello dream staircase!
I cannot even express to you how much I love these stairs now! I haven’t decided on a new runner yet – but I am in no rush because I adore the way the stairs look now. Unfortunately, it’s more practical for our family to install a runner so I will be shopping for that soon.
In the meantime, I really need to decide on a new paint color. With all the renovation mess and years of kids touching the walls, these babies need to be repainted!
The problem is, I just don’t know which direction to go in here. Currently, the walls are Benjamin Moore Bone White.
The kitchen, family room and back hall are Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan. The living room will stay Bone White for now at least, and the dining room will be painted something different. Don’t ask me what it will be painted because I can’t go that far yet. All I know is that I will be changing the dark red I have had in there for the past 12 years or so. I feel like I need a change.
I love the warmer feel in here.
Here is the view of the foyer from above before we changed the floors…
The tile was very practical for a high traffic area but felt a bit cold.
And here is what the foyer looks like after with the new wood floors…
I am not sure if it’s the difference in lighting or the fact that the floor color has changed the look of the walls. All I know is that the walls seem more yellow now.
Like I said, the walls in the foyer are Benjamin Moore Bone White. My office and living room are painted Bone White and it works fine for me, especially since all those rooms are northwest facing. But I kind of think I need to change the foyer. After all, what fun is having a room painted if you don’t pick a new color?!!
But I can’t decide! Do I stay with something similar or do I go in a more gray-griege direction…
Since I haven’t decided on the runner yet, I can be flexible. The rug in front of the door will probably stay for now. It has dark red, tan/gold and green in it. It also doesn’t show any dirt or dog hair so I am hesitant to change it for something else at this point.
So what do you think about color? I don’t want to go too dark, yet I want the white spindles to show up. Any suggestions would be helpful! We are sticking with Benjamin Moore so any suggestions in their colors would be helpful.
But for now, let’s take one last look at the staircase transformation:
What neutral color would you suggest?
As always, thanks for your help!