This comes from a reader, Ellen, who's stumped about how to paint her front hallway that feeds into other rooms and shares a wall. Here's her question:
I accidentally stumbled upon your website last night when looking for a painting solution/suggestion. My problem is this---our home is a two story colonial home. When you come in through the front door, you see immediately in front of you the staircase. Also, there is a narrow hallway which leads to the kitchen and then down into the family room. Upon entering, immediately to your left is the living room and to the right is the dining room. The hallway is painted a somewhat deep tan color (Tobacco Road--I believe Benjamin Moore or F&H). There is white wainscoating below. I want to warm up the downstairs level of the house with warm shades of tan, reds, and greens. I really didn't want all three areas mentioned above the same color. The wall that the front door is on is one continual wall which runs across the entire front of the house. We have been able to add a small wall off the front wall to define the dining room, but on the living room side, the doorbell and light switch are straight in line with the spot the wall would need to be located. This is so it is line with the location of the wall that goes up the stairs. My husband is able to do some electrical work and says it would be a pain to move the light switch, and we are on a bit of a tight budget, so can't really hire someone to do the work.
The hallway looks unfinished, like we ran out of paint. The front door wall remains a safe shade of white, and the door and sidelight panels are white also. There is a double wide window with deep sills on the front living and dining room walls, therefore, there is not actually that much front wall that needs to be painted in those two rooms. Someone suggested that we paint the area around the front door the same shade of tan as the hallway and carry it into the living room on just the front wall, and paint the remaining three a contrasting color. I am not a huge fan of that look, but I am not sure I have any other options. I do know that the area around the front door or the front door itself needs some color.
Any suggestions are much appreciated.
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