Tuesday November 24 2020

How to Transform Any (Yes, Any!) Entryway Using Just Paint

Food52 - Thu Nov 19 23:00

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we're showing you how to transform any entryway into a beautiful-meets-functional space using BEHR ULTRA® SCUFF DEFENSE™ Interior Extra Durable Flat Paint.

I once heard that if you intend to stay in your home for longer than a year, you should paint it to suit your taste. As someone who’s done nearly everything within the realm of rental possibility (removable wallpaper, peel & stick floor tiles, countless things nailed and drilled), I’ve learned that painting walls is actually the easiest project among them—and has the biggest impact, as well.

For this particular paint project, we took a cue from one of the trendiest DIYs of the year—painting bold, geometric shapes on previously plain walls.

Since the entryway sets the tone for any home, we looked at the BEHR® Color Trends 2021 Palette for inspiration and immediately we knew we wanted a warm, cozy color to welcome people in. So for color, we settled on Maple Glaze, an earthy burnt orange, and paired it with Smoky White, a soft and serene neutral. BEHR ULTRA® SCUFF DEFENSE™ Interior Extra Durable Flat Paint not only has a modern, flat look, but also helps protect walls from scuffs in areas with lots of foot traffic (like an entryway).

In terms of shapes, we’ve seen circles and triangles used to great effect, but we ended up choosing the classic, clean lines of an arch.

Below, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step for the simplest upgrade your entryway could ever receive, plus bonus ideas for bringing a colorful pop to the space.

We chose BEHR ULTRA® SCUFF DEFENSE™ Interior Extra Durable Flat Paint for this particular project, because we wanted our entryway to withstand grocery hauls, late-for-work Mondays, and people coming and going. While the flat surface is on-trend, it’s also super resistant to scuffs, and easily wipes clean in case of an accidental coffee spill.

We went with Maple Glaze for a stand-out color, and Smoky White for the base. Here’s what else you’ll need:

Color blocking—where you pair up colors that are opposites on the color wheel to create a complementary combo—is a trend that creates dimension and surprise in an entryway. We love the idea of going all out with two or three colors and overlapping shapes.

To create depth and dimension, only paint one section of the wall in an accent, like the bottom half or bottom third, and keep the top section neutral. You can break things up further with hooks, shelving, or even wainscoting.

Give your entryway a fun graphic design by free-hand painting large brushstrokes throughout the entire wall (here's a lil' tutorial). We love the look of keeping the base wall a neutral color and going bold with the brushstrokes, but you can pick your favorite combo.

Now that you’ve painted an eye-catching backdrop for your entryway, it’s time to move any existing furniture back in, and add new accessories.

I don’t personally have a dedicated entryway, but that hasn’t stopped me from creating a little space to make guests feel immediately welcome. I added a three-cube storage bench for shoes, an umbrella stand, a small mirror with hooks, and wall-mounted hooks for coats, which pulls together a mudroom situation where there wasn’t one before. With more space, I’d love to add a tall credenza piled with books, trays to catch keys and mail, some art, and plenty of plants. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about any of these pieces scuffing up my brand new painted arch, because I used BEHR ULTRA® SCUFF DEFENSE™ Interior Extra Durable Flat Paint.

With help from our sponsor Behr, we're highlighting beginner-friendly paint projects for every room in the house—from upgrading plain wood furniture with a pop of color to brightening up blank walls with graphic stencils. For this project, we used BEHR ULTRA® SCUFF DEFENSE™ Interior Extra Durable Flat Paint in Maple Glaze and Smoky White to create a warm entryway that's totally scuff-resistant. Want to recreate the look at home? Always make sure to refer to the instructions on the product label and visit for the best results.