We’ve been doing a lot of talking about open-concept homes and great rooms. We have seen a lot of homes with two-story or large entryways that open up into other rooms, such as family rooms, living room and dining rooms. We are often challenged by our clients to create a dramatic reception space that sets the tone for the rest of the house. Here are a couple of our favorite two-story entryways and the solutions we’ve come up with for dealing with their grandeur.

Before: Our Warrenton Rustic Contemporary project had a hum drum entryway with interesting archways but not much else.

After: We added serious drama to the ceiling with a navy blue paint inside the tray and wallpaper throughout all of the walls. We painted the hallways a coordinating blue green to make them pop a bit as well. A new table, mirror, accessories and rug tie the space together.

Before: The client had a gorgeous chandelier but not much else. The walls seemed bare and boring.

After: We added shadow boxes and lined with them a gorgeous Thibaut wallpaper. We painted the molding bright white to match the trim so that it would pop out. We added warm, large scale artwork to the large, empty lower wall.

After: We painted the walls a soft green and added two large shadow boxes which we lined with a Thibaut grasscloth wallpaper. We added contemporary wall sconces and modern art. A large custom made banquette allows for seating for removing shoes, and a soft rug adds color to the floor and ties the textures together.