Category Archives: Color Schemes

Foyers and Hallways and Stairs, Oh My!

photo via

photo via

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:


The photo at the top features a foyer using Berkshire Beige from 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…

via {highmark buildiers}

via {highmark buildiers}

…Pavestone Gray from 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.

via adeeni design group

via adeeni design group

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!

interactive cream

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.

via regan baker design

via regan baker design

via decorpad

via decorpad

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.

via karen b. wolf

via karen b. wolf

You can achieve a classic, crisp black and white combo using Graphite and Super White, both by Benjamin Moore.


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!


via (color is Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore)

via decorpad (color is SW's Drizzle)

via HGTV (color is SW’s Drizzle)

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!

Super Chic Christmas Colors

red and turquoise colors

Well, it’s that wonderful time of the year, and it seems like the holiday season got here pretty fast!  At least for me.  But that’s a good thing because I truly love Christmastime, and I had so much fun creating this year’s Christmas Color palettes.  As always, I included a mix of traditional and unconventional colors, which I think are all super chic choices for decorating and entertaining….starting with the retro-modern red and turquoise combo shown above {my living room}.  I hope these color ideas help to make your holiday planning a little more jolly!


Christmas green_white

Create a simple and chic display by arranging sprigs of holly, pine and boxwood in milk vases. I have a huge collection of milk vases and I love how versatile they are! I found all of them at local thrift stores!


vintage gold Christmas

For an antique look, mix yellow gold with rose gold and tones of parched ivory & natural wood.


dare to be different {and whimsical} with an ornament display in tones of warm orange

Dare to be different {and whimsical} with a fiery orange ornament display that would make Heat Miser proud!


keep it simple and easy with classic silver accessories -- they are always on trend during the holidays {and easy to find}

…Or keep it simple and easy with classic silver accessories — they’re always on trend during the holidays {and easy to find}.


pinecones have a natural warmth -- these beautiful browns contrast perfectly against frosty white

Pinecones have a natural warmth, so display them all over your home in bowls and jars. These brown beauties look especially great in a frosty white setting. Let it snow!

All photos and styling by Kelly Porter.

Design Concept: A Dazzling Dressing Room

dressing room 2

One of my many projects in the past year involved working with an Online Design client who lives in Brooklyn, NY.  Asha contacted me because she needed help turning a small bedroom into a vintage-glam dressing room filled with her favorite colors — fuchsia and red.  The initial color she selected (shown below) just wasn’t right so she halted everything  in hopes that I could get her back on track.

before - too red!

before – too red!

Aside from choosing paint colors, one of the biggest challenges for Asha was editing down the furniture she wanted in the space.  She already had a few beautiful pieces with dark wood finishes, including a vanity she found at an antiques store.  Asha also wanted shelves, and she was considering a sleeper-chair for the space.  But with the room being only about 7 feet wide (the longest wall is 11 feet), something just wouldn’t make the cut.

dressing room design board

I began with the color scheme, I selected Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore for the main wall color.  It’s a happy, bold shade of fuchsia.  I also suggested painting the closet a lighter, coordinating hue —  Pure Pink.

dressing room 5

Then, because of the room’s small size, my concept included small, open shelves (which provided a pop of red) and a slipper chair–instead of a bulky sleeper-chair.  I also included a few fun, girly things such as the crystal beaded curtain and the damask stencil design.  This is a boudoir, after all.

dressing room design

dressing room 4

When I last heard from Asha, she was very happy with the design and appreciated the editing process.  It can be hard to ‘leave out’ special items that you want to see in your space, but in small room, less is more.

NOTE:  Using bold hues in a small space can be tricky!  The color will get amped up because the walls are closer together and they will reflect the color more intensely.  But with the right color tones, the results can be strikingly beautiful.

desigin and computer renderings by Kelly Porter

No Ordinary Christmas Colors

modern pink_christmas colors

As the holidays draw nearer, I enjoy discovering creative color ideas for Christmas decorating.  This is the best time of year to bring unexpected colors into your home, and experiment with non-traditional holiday hues.   In doing so, you may find the perfect palette to keep around in the new year.  This post includes some of my favorite combos so far this season.

swanky silver christmas colors


blue green christmas colors


winter neutral christmas colors


I'm recycling this one!

I’m recycling this one!

This is my living room last year, but I have since painted that room turquoise, so I’m doing the blue thing in there this Christmas.  But I absolutely LOVE these candy colors and will probably put up another tree somewhere else in my house so I can use these ornaments again!

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In Season: Orange and Brown

brown and orange bedroom

both photos from

both photos from

Are you enjoying this fall weather as much as I am?  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know I love, love, love fall, and this time of year I usually dedicate a post to orange and brown (a la pumpkin and pinecone).



Orange and brown together are so inviting, and they can make any room feel cozy — even with the addition of cooler colors, such as blue.

Orange and brown feel especially right during the fall months, but these colors look and feel comfortable all year long.

linda woodrum

linda woodrum





How will you use orange and brown this fall?