Need help with paint choices two story foyer w/chair rail
We have lived here for over 6 years and are FINALLY emerging from the haze of parenting young kids to re-do some aspects of our house. Of course, my 2 year just drew on the wall with a black crayon last week, but at least it was on the ugly part of the wall and not a freshly painted wall!
First, I have long HATED the faux finish magenta color scheme below the chair rail that runs through the two-story foyer, hallway, and family room. *shudder* See photos below. There are actually yellow and teal accents in it, which isn't quite clear in the photos. I don't know what the seller was thinking. Plus, the oak color chair rail clashes with the white baseboards. We are definitely changing this as soon as feasibly possible!
I had a 2 hour consultation with a local designer and she suggested ripping out the chair rail and painting the entire room and ceiling BM Shaker Beige.
So here are my questions re: refreshing this 2 story foyer:
- What about painting the chair rail BM Dove White with BM Lenox Tan above the chair rail and BM Shaker Beige below it? Someone on GW posted a great photo of his/her stairwell with this color scheme and chair rail. It looked fantastic and really made me second-guess the designer's idea to rip the chair rail out entirely. But does this not work for a two-story foyer?
- Do I also paint the back of the double doors BM Dove White (assuming we keep the chair rail) or paint it BM Shaker Beige?
- We have the 1990s era oak staircase/railing. Yuck. I would much prefer cast iron or even a darker mahogany or cherry color but am unsure of what this requires in terms of time and expense. I saw another photo where someone painted the spindles white and left only the stair railing itself the wood color. What do you think of that idea? It would tie in with the white of the chair rail then, right (assuming we keep it and paint it)? Or do I hire someone to stain the wood a darker wood color? [Please ignore the bookcase against the wall and general clutter in the photo below. We're cleaning out the nearby den/bedroom that was mostly used for storage the past 6 years!]
- The designer also suggested changing out the light fixtures, which are way too modern for our home decor and the style of this home. I'm thinking a dark metal (oil rubbed bronze? an antique copper?) and more traditional looking. Your thoughts?
For what it's worth, we live in a planned subdivision community (there are a half dozen floor plans but very similar layouts). The exterior of the house is more Mediterranean with the red tile roof. We have a very casual vibe and prefer either a breezy Californian/beachy style or something slightly more formal like British Colonial style.