Design Inspiration: Five Beautifully Painted Foyers

Choosing a paint color for a home or apartment's foyer can be tricky, especially if it opens to a living space that already has a defined color palette. You can continue an established scheme into your entry, color your foyer with a hue that defines the overall mood of your home, or pick a contrasting paint to separately define the space.

What I Love About These 5 Foyers

1 The simplicity of the yellow and white walls juxtaposes the beauty and deep color of the lighting fixture, resulting in a cheerful, welcoming entrance. The white, vaulted ceiling opens the space, making it feel airy while drawing attention to the light fixture. Get the Look: Benjamin Moore Natura in Lemongrass

2 I absolutely love white walls. The rich accents in this foyer, including the black banister, stairs, and door define the dimensionality of the space while the textures of the lamp and lighting fixtures create enough busyness that the entry is not overwhelmingly sparse. Get the Look: Benjamin Moore's Natura Decorator's White or White Dove

3 What's not to dig about this foyer? The floors, ceiling, and wide-plank walls create so much texture here that the blue hue calms, cools, and evokes thought and contemplation. The natural color of the banister and stair treads add just enough warmth to offset the cool palette. Get the Look: Yolo Colorhouse Water .04

4 Okay, so maybe all of this green is a bit much. But what I do love is the creativity of how and where paint is used in this space. Also, the casual wide-plank whitewashed wood floors successfully contrast the formality of the paint, making the space feel more inviting and open. Get the Look: Try Mythic Paints in Garden Escape

5 Orange is a powerful color—it's adventurous, creative, and confident. In this foyer the orange is contained by white molding and wainscoting and further defined by black trim. This is a really great use of the color orange, and that's hard to admit because I'm usually drawn to cooler toned-hues. This foyer makes me want to peek around the corner to see what's beyond and where this orange might appear again. Also, choosing an orange that doesn't contrast with wood floors in a bad way is really tricky, and the choice here doesn't bother me. Get the Look: Try AFM Safecoat in Orange Touch

On Choosing Color
Picking paint color can be stressful, but luckily most low and no VOC paint manufactures sell their product in quart sizes and often offer test sizes. Take advantage of this by painting several test areas in your space. View the colors at different times of the day and under different lights.

Whether your foyer severs as the main entry to your home, for family and guests alike, or if it's a separate space from your backdoor mudroom should affect your color choice. White walls get dirty, especially in entryways, stairwells, and hallways, and it can be an absolute chore to keep them clean. Consider using color on the walls of these high-traffic areas of your home.

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.

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