Hallways

Kelly Wearstler's entryway decor tip will give you a dramatic look you can create in a day

How your entryway can make a vibrant first impression, the Kelly Wearstler way

Farrow & Ball's Palm by Kelly Wearstler
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Often the first room that guests see when they enter your home, an entryway requires serious wow factor – and nothing transforms this space's appearance as quickly and dramatically as paint. 

With a host of hallway paint ideas and color combinations available, it can be hard to know which shades work best in your space. However, with Kelly Wearstler on hand, the decision is simple. 

After teaming up with paint powerhouse Farrow & Ball, the master of contemporary Californian design showed us her favorite way to make this often small space feel energized and instantly more stylish. 

Hallway painted in Palm by Farrow & Ball

Palm by Farrow & Ball

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In a Q&A for Farrow & Ball, Kelly explained that you should use Palm (opens in new tab) – their fresh green hue – to color drench an entryway. 

'Firstly, paint everything – the ceiling and all the molding,' Kelly shares. 

While the prospect of painting every surface can feel a step too far for some, this method of decorating is quickly becoming a favorite amongst designers and paint experts alike. 

'The beauty of color drenching is that it can be applied to such a variety of different spaces… You can embrace the size of the space to create something that feels really engaging, inviting, and contemporary,' emphasizes Little Greene's (opens in new tab) Director, David Mottershead. 

After color drenching your hallway? Kelly recommends styling the space with a monochromatic palette – for a timeless aesthetic that will 'make the paint pop.'

'Working in a monochromatic palette is a great way to guide a color scheme if you are nervous,' Kelly adds.

Palm by Farrow & Ball

Palm by Farrow & Ball

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Kelly explains further how she starts a project – by curating a tray of different fabrics and tones to offer inspiration and serve as a reminder of the pieces that fit effortlessly in the space. 

If the thought of drenching your space in one color is slightly too overwhelming, you can still achieve the desired effect by painting similar tones together. David recommends selecting 'a group of tonally coordinating colors and utilizing them across the room' as this showcases the color-drenched style without the bold commitment. 

But which shade works well with Palm

Palm by Farrow & Ball

Palm by Farrow & Ball

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Whilst exploring color combinations for rooms, Kelly looks towards Hazy (opens in new tab), a subtle blue-gray also from Farrow & Ball's California Collection. This is the So-cal cool combo that will allure all who pass through your entryway because, of course, Kelly Wearstler knows best.  

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. 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.