Farrow & Ball expert reveals the worst entrance paint mistake

Your paint choices are transformative in every room, but no more so than your entryway. In this room, your design decisions have the ability to create the right first (and lasting) impression – so getting the color right is important.

To maximize your chances of success, you could do much worse than follow the advice of Patrick O’Donnell, International Brand Ambassador for Farrow & Ball. During his time with the prestigious paint company, Patrick observed painting ideas — including which hues work well in the space — and, perhaps even more importantly, which tones to avoid.

Sharing his entry ideas with H&GPatrick has revealed the biggest mistake you can make while painting – and which tones to use instead.

The biggest entry paint mistake – according to Farrow & Ball

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Expert Farrow & Ball explains that the biggest mistake you can make is ignoring the light in your hallway. And, even if your space is naturally shaded, you can still use light with paint – and make the area appear larger.

Many hallways can seem deprived of natural light, which is why most people tend to remedy this by painting them a shade of white. While this should seem like a logical solution, it can often be a big no-no,” says Patrick. The expert suggests that white paint is likely to lead to the opposite of the desired effect. “What can happen is that you end up in a cold, dark space,” he adds.

What to choose instead?

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When examining your hallway paint ideas, Patrick suggests opting for warmer hues — “basically anything with underlying red and yellow tones,” which can still be neutrals. However, if you’re tempted to go more dramatic, the expert recommends going dark.

“It still works really well because you’re playing with the boundaries of space, not fighting them,” he says.

Patrick is not the only one to admire the dark tones of small entrances. From Farrow & Ball to Benjamin Moore – the paint houses agree: we have to move on to the dark side.

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“If you’re working with a long, narrow space, like a hallway, you can use a darker color at the end to draw the eye across the room and make the area feel more spacious,” says Helen Shaw, director of marketing at Benjamin Moore.

“As well as using color to create the impression of a larger space, your hallway connects to every room, so the chosen hue should be harmonious with the rest of the house,” she adds. .

Is it time to turn away from a white entrance? If these experts suggest so, we certainly won’t disagree.

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