Your entryway creates the first impression visitors have of your home, and it’s the first space you see when you get home. Entryways are ideal for bold paint colors since you merely pass through–and that bold color makes a strong opening statement. You do need to consider the rest of your home. Choose a paint color that’s complementary, but much more intense.

Peacock Blue

Peacock blue, a rich greenish-blue, is named for the brilliant color of a male peacock’s plumage. It makes a lovely backdrop for any wood finish, and for artwork framed in gold, silver, white or black. Amplify peacock blue’s brilliance by contrasting it with red or orange, or enjoy bold analogous harmony by mixing it with emerald green and Prussian blue. Though intense, peacock blue also complements softer palettes–including neutrals, pink or paler blues.


Though black is classic, few people have bold enough taste to live with black walls in the living room or bedroom. Painting your entryway with black lets you enjoy its dramatic effect without making your actual living spaces too dark. Black entryways look good with formal, casual, traditional or cutting-edge contemporary decor. Unless you like the chalkboard effect–which could look quite interesting–black painted walls look best with some sheen to reflect light.


The color coral is a mix of pink and orange. Though some corals are pale, dark coral looks best in an entryway. Coral adds warmth, and flatters most skin tones. For your entryway furnishings, coral looks its richest when combined with warm wood tones and gilt, though it contrasts beautifully with silver, chrome and mirrored finishes. Mix red, orange or yellow to enhance coral’s warmth, or choose complementary teal and aqua.


Acidic, eye-popping chartreuse, with its equal mix of yellow and green, rarely rates space on interior walls. In an entryway, however, eye-popping becomes eye-catching. Adding multiple sources of directed lighting both tempers and enhances chartreuse by creating alternating spots of light and shadow. Use up-lights, picture lights and a chandelier with a dimmer. Chartreuse looks best with warm wood tones, but it mixes well with most metallic finishes–silver, copper, gold, bronze or brass.


Classic red walls complement nearly every decorating style, from stark contemporary to rich, old-world elegance. In your entryway, red is energizing. It works with most wood tones and metallic finishes, whether warm or cool. Mix red with neutrals, other brights or cool, contrasting blues. For an intense, fiery combination, use pure red with tomato, burgundy and pumpkin orange.