Popular Entryway Colors & Painting Tips

Looking for the right paint colors for your homes entry way? Have an entry way you want to add a splash of color to? Use our step-by-step entry way painting guide to get started on your room painting project and to find the right entryway colors that work for you!

Step 1

Choose Your Color

The entry way is an introduction to your home and sets the stage for greeting your family, friends and visitors. Use lighting and decor to create a dramatic atmosphere in this area. Consider bold and dramatic paint colors that resonate with depth to create an immediate impact.

Cool & Relaxing

Master the fine art of creating a wow factor with this spectacular cool blue, Ship’s Harbor PPG1161-5. Use a sharp trim color like Delicate White PPG1001-1 in your entry space to create contrast. Tie in accents with paint colors like Obsession PPG1108-7 and Fudge PPG1073-7 for a finished look.

  • Ship's Harbor PPG1161-5
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Obsession PPG1108-7
  • Fudge PPG1073-7
Cool & Relaxing

Warm & Inviting

Make a bold entrance with a red like Rum Raisin PPG1064-7 and a warm, softened white like  Candlelit Beige PPG1207-1. Fill in the rest of the entrance with furniture and decor in a soothing tan like Creamy Caramel PPG1096-5 and a rich brown like Fudge Truffle PPG1075-7 to complete the look.

  • Rum Raisin PPG1064-7
  • Candlelit Beige PPG1207-1
  • Creamy Caramel PPG1096-5
  • Fudge Truffle PPG1075-7
Classic Off-White

Classic Off-White

Create a beautiful entrance filled with creamy whites like Glazed Pears PPG1095-2 and Delicate White PPG1001-1. Add a softened brown like Sarsaparilla PPG1018-7 to give your guests a warm welcome. Find home goods in a bright color like Field Poppy PPG1195-7 to make your entrance pop.

  • Glazed Pears PPG1095-2
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Sarsaparilla PPG1018-7
  • Field Poppy PPG1195-7
Classic Off-White

Use Our Color Visualizer

See colors from these collections on your very own walls by uploading a photo to our online visualizer and virtually painting your room!

Step 2

Choose the Right Product

A first impression is everything. Make your guests feel welcome by painting your entryway with our premium low odor and long-lasting PPG Pittsburgh Paints® products.

Regency<sup>®</sup> Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint
  • Paint + Primer In One
  • Resists Stains
  • MPI® Approved

Regency®

Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint

Our finest interior paint + primer in one with excellent durability that also repels stains.

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Wonder-Tones™ Interior Latex Paint
  • Durable Finish
  • High-Hiding Finish
  • Scrub-Resistant

Wonder-Tones™

Interior Latex Paint

Versatile, all-purpose interior paint with excellent coverage & application.

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Kilstain<sup>®</sup> WB Interior/Exterior Acrylic Latex Primer
  • Seals Many Stains
  • Excellent Coverage
  • MPI® Approved

Kilstain® WB

Interior/Exterior Primer

Exceptional multi-purpose primer with excellent adhesion and coverage that also seals stains.

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Step 3

Choose the Right Sheen

An area as highly trafficked as your home’s entry way is the ideal candidate for a satin sheen, which is the easiest to scrub.

Flat

Flat

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Eggshell

Eggshell

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Use easy-to-clean satin paint in high-traffic areas like family rooms, kids’ bedrooms, hallways and entry ways.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Gloss

Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Step 4

Choose The Right Paint Supplies For Your Project!

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

The Basics

The Basics

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Roller tray
Other Items You May Need

Other Items You May Need

  • Caulking & caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Wiping rags
  • Poles
  • Step ladders

Step 5

Prepare for Painting

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

Prepare the Room

Prepare the Room

Remove rugs, coat racks, pictures, and switch and outlet cover plates. Arrange drop cloths to protect flooring and any areas not to be painted.

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls, doors and baseboards. You may need to use a mild detergent to remove contaminants, such as mud, or problem stains.

Tape off Areas

Tape off Areas

Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.

Prime the Surface

Prime the Surface

Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter, you should prime.

Step 6

Begin Painting Your Entry Way

Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your entry way. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

How to Paint An Entry Way with a Brush

How to Paint An Entry Way with a Brush

For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.

How to Paint An Entry Way with a Roller

How to Paint An Entry Way with a Roller

For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.

Paint the Ceiling First

Paint the Ceiling First

Start with the ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.

Painting the Walls

Painting the Walls

Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a roller, create the letter "M" on your wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage.