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Unexpected Paint Colors For A Fool-Proof Foyer

Posted on February 22, 2022

Your foyer is the first space guests see when they step foot into your home. Make this space a preview of the rest of your home, encouraging a welcoming and exciting feeling. Set a specific tone starting with the entryway to cultivate a united and impactful design scheme for the rest of your home.

When you think about the entrance into your home, does it give off the vibe you intended? If not, what needs to be changed? Maybe you’re looking for something more creative but instead, you have a dull white color. Or maybe you’re interested in something bold and striking, and your light gray walls are more passive than stand-out. There are many different options for foyer paint colors, but regardless of your style, you’ll want to opt for welcoming foyer colors.

Once you have the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to start hunting for a fresh entryway color that will entice your guests and make you even more excited to come home each day.

If you’re not sure what kind of look you’re going for, below are some entryway paint color ideas along with foyer ideas and top picks for foyer paint colors to help you decide.

Mudroom or Foyer?

You should determine if your space will be dedicated as a mudroom or foyer. The mudroom is designed to be the room between the outdoors and the entrance to the home. It gives family and friends the opportunity to remove wet, muddy shoes and clothes and to wipe off pets so they don’t track dirt and germs into the home.

A foyer is still meant to separate the outdoors from the rest of the home and serve as an area where guests can orient themselves before heading into the home. It’s typically more formal than the mudroom, with nicer decor and less storage space.

Popular Color Palettes

After you’ve determined which purpose you want your entryway to serve, choose a color palette that reflects its purpose as well as the personality of your family.

Traditionally, entryways have been painted a light color. Whites, light creams, light yellows, and light blues have been a go-to for many over the past few years. But CertaPro Painters® is encouraging homeowners to incorporate darker colors that are less frequently used into foyers.

Consider using dark paint colors in your foyer, such as Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. Deep shades such as Hale Navy are regal, make a lasting impression, and look crisp and clean against white accents.

Hazelnut Tones

Different shades of browns, tans, and dark beiges are a way to incorporate neutrals into your foyer while also announcing the elegant aesthetic of your home. These go-to colors are classic and comfortable, but still bold enough to make a statement.

For example, a foyer paint color by Sherwin-Williams like Nearly Brown SW 9093 is a neutral taupe with yellow undertones to warm up your foyer and set a welcoming tone.

Dark Greens

The black-infused earthy green tone is reminiscent of a plush forest on a foggy afternoon. It’s calming and welcoming, making your home feel fresh and nature-inspired. Sherwin-Williams’ take on this winning paint color is called Hunt Club SW 6468.

While this color would be beautiful next to a window with views of trees, fields, and open skies, it’s also an opportunity to incorporate nature into a home that doesn’t have those views or natural light.

This earthy green tone can be used as an accent or painted on all the walls in the foyer, anchored by light trim. Match it with light accents such as whites, tans, creams or light blue colors, wood or metal furniture, and bright glass mirrors.

Pewter Shades

Pewter is a rich, alluring shade that adds intrigue to any room, while also remaining a neutral color. Introducing Benjamin Moore’s Pewter 2121-30 hue into your foyer will set the tone that your home is sleek, comfortable, and clean.

Although it’s not a color you see every day, it’s becoming more and more popular and blends perfectly with all types of wood and metallic furniture pieces. It works cohesively with almost any other color or shade, making it a great option if you’re not interested in purchasing any new furniture or decor pieces.

To make a pewter foyer even more captivating, try painting the trim the same color as the walls for an uninterrupted look and feel throughout the entryway.

For a darker take on this classic color, Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn (SW 7674) would make a lasting impression in any foyer.

Add an Accent Wall

Add a different color to one of the walls in your foyer for an element of interest when guests step into your home. This is also the perfect alternative if you like a dark color, but don’t want the entire foyer to be a deep shade.

Add an Accent Door

An alternative to painting an accent wall in your foyer is to paint the front door an interesting color. This could keep you from getting sick of the same color palette that you see when arriving home every day. As a bonus, a colored door will hide everyday stains and wear and tear that are likely to appear on white surface.

You can even try a fun, bright accent color to lighten up your dark foyer. One example of this is to paint a door bright yellow for a navy blue foyer. If your foyer is more of a muted color, such as a sage-green or a light gray, painting your door a deep shade could provide a pleasant contrast.

Consider Your Flooring

Having your foyer repainted is a quick and easy way to change the entire aesthetic of your entryway. But when you’re choosing your color palette, be sure to consider your flooring to avoid clashing colors and materials.

In many cases, flooring is a neutral shade so you may not have to worry. But you don’t want to pick a color that is too close to your flooring. A contrasting floor color and wall color ensures that the room is broken up and has clean, straight lines.If you want a dark wall color but your flooring is dark, you can still make it work. Just make sure the hue is light enough that they do not run into each other.

Incorporate the Color Throughout the House

After you’ve selected the perfect color to wake up your foyer, don’t stop there. Incorporate the shade into the rest of your house for unison and a complete look across your decor. A few options for this are painting one wall in the room, painting half the wall and breaking it up with a border or chair rail, or painting doors for an added accent.

The options for dark foyer paint colors are endless, so if you’re still not sure which shade fits your entryway best, CertaPro Painters®’ color consultations may be exactly what you need to help you make the right decision.

Let’s Get Painting!

Our team at CertaPro Painters® of San Francisco is trained to help walk you through the process, from color to finish. Schedule your estimate online, or by calling us at 415-661-8400 to speak with a painting professional about the painting plan that fits the goals of your space and your budget.

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