Lively bursts of color in
a front hall create a welcoming atmosphere. "It's a pass-through space where people don’t linger for long, so take some liberties and be playful," says Ann McGuire, founder of Beehive Studios, a color consulting firm in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania.
A fire-engine red door provides an unexpected
pop of color against taupe walls. The ceiling,
trim, and stair risers are painted a lighter shade
than the walls to subtly emphasize the woodwork.
Paint: Ralph Lauren