Zooey Deschanel's entryway color has qualities far 'beyond aesthetics' – say designers

Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott designed a light, bright space with psychological benefits that will stand the test of time

Zooey Deschanel
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When it comes to failsafe paint colors, white needs no introduction. This hue's timeless, size-enhancing benefits have long impressed designers, but arguably, no space showcases its qualities quite like an entryway. And it would seem that Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott agree. 

The New Girl actress and Property Brother Jonathan shared their white-painted entryway in their Georgian revival in Brentwood, Los Angeles – and it's a tone that, designers say, is far more than good-looking. 

'Beyond aesthetics, light-hued entryway colors amplify natural light,' comments New York-based designer Artem Kropovinsky. While Jonathan and Zooey's entryway is by no means compact, Artem adds that white paint is especially powerful in 'spaces like city apartments' where light can be a luxury. 'Using these colors can virtually double the luminescence of a space.'

Decorating with white to create the illusion of space is a technique that designers have practiced for centuries, meaning entryways, big and small, naturally attract this hue. However, as Artem explains, this color has psychological benefits, too. 

'From a psychological perspective, white and cream palettes signal a fresh start. Every time one enters the entryway, it’s like turning a new page, something we often subconsciously seek in our personal sanctuaries,' Artem says. 

Artem Kropovinsky headshot
Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

To style their entryway, Zooey and Jonathan have decorated with antique-style furnishings, including a wooden crate (that, in Zooey's case, also acts as a bench), vintage artwork, and a circular mirror to accentuate the paint's size-enhancing power further.

The actress's chosen accessories work beautifully in this Georgian revival, but antiques aside, Artem also recommends incorporating textures that will add interest to the neutral space. 

'Think linen wallpaper or tactile ceramics. It's about blending the age-old appeal of these colors with tactile experiences that evolve with trends yet remain rooted in timeless design principles,' he says.

white entryway color scheme

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Alongside textiles, Artem recommends introducing brass or brushed gold metallic accents, in moderation, that add warmth and consequently make the space both inviting and luxe. And, of course, adding an indoor plant is never a bad idea. 

'Plant elements are evergreen, both literally and figuratively. Incorporating indoor plants or even dried botanicals can create that connection with nature, making the entryway feel grounded yet alive.'

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.