foyer with maple floors, stairs with painted blue ombre stair baulsters
Photo: Angie Campbell; (paint dab) Brian Henn/Time Inc. Digital Studio

After: Color Without The Kitsch

The entry to your home should delight guests, not depress them. But at Angie and Colby Campbell's 1910 Colonial Revival, in Brewer, Maine, grungy 1970s "upgrades"—dark wood paneling and brown shag carpet—overwhelmed the small foyer.

Shown: Soft gray walls showcase dark wood and crisp white finishes. Gradient blue balusters, starting with the lightest, Valspar's Sea Breath, add interest without feeling kitschy.
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