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How to choose paint colours for a front hall

Updated April 17, 2017

Changing the colour of a room's walls can completely alter its look and feel. The front hall of the house is generally an overlooked spot when decorating. You should spend time trying to find the right shade of paint for the front hallway since it is the room that greets you when you arrive home. Choosing a colour of paint is a matter of personal taste and preference, but there are some tips you should consider when buying new paint for your hall.

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  1. Choose a colour of paint based on the size of the hall to downplay the negative aspects of the size. For instance, paint an area that is too small in light colours. The light colours will add more depth and brightness to the hall's look. For spaces that feel too large and cold, give them a coating of dark paint to make the areas appear smaller and more contained.

  2. Paint an accent wall in a boring area. An accent wall is a brightly coloured wall among neutral walls. For instance, instead of painting a whole room bright red, paint three of the walls a neutral colour such as tan and paint the last wall red. This will make the red wall pop out and adds a new and interesting dimension to the room.

  3. Mimic the foliage, plants and nature that are outside the front hallway. The front hallway connects the home to the outside world. You can choose to paint the hallway in a colour that reflects the outside world, such as green for plants or light blue for the sky. Alternatively, paint the hallway the same colour as the room it leads into to make it seem more connected to the rest of the home.

  4. Paint a small section of a wall with your favourite colours to see what it will look like once the walls are painted completely. View the paint in different types of lighting since different lighting will alter the look of the colour. The paint will look different during the day than it does at night under a bright bulb.

  5. Pick a neutral shade -- such as various shades of white, black or brown -- if you can't decide on another colour. These plain shades will complement the other walls in the house.

  6. Tip

    When you choose the colour of paint you would like to use, be sure to buy enough of it to complete the project so you can maintain a consistent colour throughout.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paint samples
  • Paintbrush
  • Colour chart (optional)

About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, Trails.com and Demand Studios.

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