Let me show you around a little more:
Ignore the red garland in the photo below. I was trying to decorate our staircase but the garland strands are too short and I've been too lazy to take it down sooo yeah ... let's just focus on the foyer :)
It's a blank slate full of potential but it has me completely stumped. Why? It's two stories tall and the ceiling height is just shy of 20'!
That means that anything I decide to hang on the wall (artwork, a mirror, shelves, etc.) would have to be massive in order to be in proportion to the space. Massive anything = massive budget :(
That being said, I've gathered some ideas and *think* I have an idea of what I want to do with the skinny space.
Idea #1 //
Tall mirror + console table
[ Image via Style at Home ]
This. This makes my heart smile :) I can't even imagine how much a mirror that size would cost but man it looks good and it would make the skinny space feel so much bigger!
Idea #2 //
Large Grouped Art
[ Image via Atlanta Homes Mag ]
The ceilings in this house aren't nearly as tall as mine but I love the idea of grouping a bunch of large-ish pieces of art together to give the illusion of one giant piece. Plus, a few pieces of semi-large art would cost a lot less than one massive piece!
Idea #3 //
[ Image via Interiors by Francesca ]
Who doesn't have a fauxdenza in their house? Ok, obviously I don't but fauxdenza's are all the rage nowadays and building one out of some IKEA cabinetry could be fun! Customize a top, mount everything to the wall, and voila! You have a floating credenza that'll impress your friends :)
Idea #4 //
Tall Gallery Wall
[ Image via Brandon Barre Photography ]
I was initially saving this idea for my staircase but if I were to do it, I think it'd be easier to hang the photos in the foyer with the ladder on the flat ground since balancing a ladder on the stairs is not my idea of fun. And just like in idea #2, buying smaller pieces of art to group together would probably be more cost effective than buying one massive piece. It'd take a while to get that many pieces but it could be fun to add to the collection over time!
So yeah, that's where my head is at at the moment. I'd love to know what you think! Keep in mind that the space is skinny (about 4.5' wide) so any piece of furniture I put in there (console table, fauxdenza, chair, etc.) would need to be shallow.
Also, painting is out. Why? Like I said above, the foyer is two stories tall which means that scaffolding would have to be involved and I'm terrified of heights. The foyer also opens up to our staircase and entire upstairs, our loft, and our living room/dining room/kitchen which means there's no good stopping point for a line of paint, unfortunately.
What would you do with the space? Have a different idea? Please share!