love the wall color! A rich cocoa makes the small entryway seem grand. Black semigloss paint on the railing and accents of crisp white create a bold contrast, one of the keys to livening up a neutral palette.
I love the idea of hanging a large mirror in the entry way to reflect light. Update: There is no formal entry way in this house, but I will be placing our mirror on the left wall of the cozy room which will bounce a lot of light into the entryway.