This color pairing will make your entryway feel bigger – according to Little Greene

This versatile combination will create a lasting first impression for all the right reasons

Little Greene entryway
(Image credit: Little Greene)

The importance of your entryway needs no introduction. The room – that sets the tone for your wider home – is the first space to greet guests when they visit – and create a lasting impression when they leave. But what can you do if you're left with a naturally narrow space? Little Greene's Creative Director, Ruth Mottershead, has the solution. 

If you're strategic with your paint ideas, you can turn a narrow entryway into one of the impactful rooms of your home – and this color combination is right on-trend. In discussion with H&G, Ruth revealed what you need to know.  

The best color combination for a narrow entryway  

Little Greene entryway

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Choosing a lighter shade such as  Shallows, a cool grey, will make the space feel instantly brighter,' Ruth says. However, you shouldn't stop at the fashionable grey hue. While this versatile color with other neutrals, the Creative Director recommends going bold with brighter pops of color to accentuate the size of a compact space. 

Ruth looks primarily towards dark blue, specifically the rich cobalt Smalt, which is a powerful color for the door frames. But Ruth's love for dark blue (the color at the top of current interior design trends) doesn't end there. She also recommends painting the floor in Air Force Blue – 'a deep shade of blue that when applied as floor paint seems to draw the eye and extend the space.' 

This is ideal for narrow hallways as the space appears instantly elongated – without a huge renovation.

'Hallways are often the very last area we think about, but this is the first space you and any guests see,' Ruth adds. 'It's important that [it] welcoming and reflects the character of your home; the hallway really does set the tone for the rest of your interior.'

Little Greene entryway

(Image credit: Little Greene)

Gray and dark blue is the size-enhancing color combination that will elevate your entryway to the next level. But if you're less concerned about the size – and more concerned about making a statement – Ruth has a solution for that too. And it pays homage to another color movement, naturally. 

'The 'color drenching' trend can be adopted in hallways too,' Ruth says. 'This contemporary, cohesive approach delivers an impactful finish by painting woodwork, radiators, ceiling, and doors the same color as the walls.' The result? A perfect statement that will leave your guests talking all the way home. 

Whether you opt for size or statement, there is an entryway idea for everyone.  

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.