The great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, did a neat trick with some of the houses he designed: he made the entrances very small, low spaces, so that when you emerged from the cozy vestibule the rest of the house would seem even more spacious by comparison. Painting your entryway in a dark color could, I imagine, have a similar effect, of making the rest of your house seem bigger and brighter. At the very least, it's a great way to add a big dose of style to a little space, and make sure your home makes a great first impression.
Above: A black front door in a black accent wall adds serious style to this entryway from Marie Claire Maison.
In this designer's home from Design Milk, dark grey walls add a dose of drama to the entryway.
Here's another dark grey entry from Style and Create.
Chalkboard paint is a fun (and stylish) choice for an entryway, as seen on Design Sponge.
If you're not quite ready to paint the whole room black, you could experiment with going just halfway, as seen on Design Sponge.
Details matter: In this entryway from Dezeen, a radiator (and the shelf above, a great spot for stashing keys or mail) painted a dark color blends right into the wall.
This black accent wall, in an entryway from Emmas Designblogg, is plenty dramatic without being too overwhelming.
And when it comes to dark colors, grey and black aren't the only choice: witness this hunter green chalkboard paint, spotted in an entryway from Dezeen.