color combination for entry foyer
Photo: Tim Street-Porter/Beateworks/Corbis
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Entry Foyer: Add a Single Accent

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
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