The start of a new year is the perfect time to get a new look for your home. I suggest you begin right inside the front door. Your home’s entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house, so don’t overlook how important it is to create a good first impression.
I’ve had many clients who have really struggled with choosing a color for their foyers. I understand why. If you get it wrong nothing else seems to look and feel right, especially if your foyer is a large, open two-story behemoth, which is the case with many suburban homes these days. On top of that, you have to consider the stairway and/or adjoining hallway.
Even if your entryway is small, it’s still ‘introduces’ the rest of your home, and most likely, it connects most if not all of the other rooms together. So, making the right color choice here is crucial. I’m always asked my opinion on the best paint colors for foyers, so I’ve broken it down into four categories:
1. COOL AND COMFORTING NEUTRALS
The photo at the top features a foyer using Berkshire Beige from benjaminmoore.com. This is a cool beige, or what I like to call greige which is a blend of gray and beige. This is a good alternative if you don’t like the idea of using a pure gray, but if you do…
…Pavestone Gray from Sherwin-Williams.com creates a clean, classic look especially when paired with dark wood tones.
The photo below features another cool neutral (Virtual Taupe from SW) that works well if you’re looking for a darker, cozier greige.
2. WARM AND WELCOMING NEUTRALS
Sherwin-Williams’ Viva Gold (a color I’ve used many times) was used in this warm and cheery foyer. I love this yellow because it has rich undertones that give a room a sophisticated feel and its not too bright. Below, is another of my favorite colors for foyers, SW’s Interactive Cream. This color is light and airy but it still has tons of warmth, and it goes with everything!
SW Accessible Beige (below) is also a great neutral. I like this color because it has a beachy feel that works well for casual foyers.
3. CLASSIC BLACK AND WHITE
A black and white foyer is always elegant and will never go out of style. But these days, black and white is trending in more casual, laid-back spaces, too.
You can achieve a classic, crisp black and white combo using Graphite and Super White, both by Benjamin Moore.
4. STRONG STATEMENT COLORS
Lastly, if you have a creative personality…show it off! Sometimes the best way to welcome guests into your home is with a color that reflects who you are and what you’re about. In this foyer/stairwell, I used SW’s Copper Harbor and Jacaranda for a gentlemen who was inspired by his travels to the Caribbean.
But is it OK to paint your foyer fuchsia or turquoise? Sure!
And I love this purple foyer. This color reminds me of a similar color I used for a client’s foyer — she was newly divorced and with her ex-husband gone, she wanted to re-paint her home with colors that made her happy and would help her to move on. Never underestimate the power of color!