Let colour express a home's welcome

NC)—First impressions are important. It's a tenet that guides what we wear, what we say, and how we behave when meeting someone for the first time. So, when you open the front door of your home to guests, what impression does your entrance make? What does it say about you? your family? your personality? your style?


“A home's entrance is the extension of the welcome mat,” said Benjamin Moore Paints colour expert Sharon Grech. “Whether it's a postage stamp size that's just a step in from the outdoors, a long narrow corridor, or a grand and spacious foyer, don't neglect it in your decorating plans. Even if there's no room for a lick of furniture, give careful thought to your colour choices, because that can set the tone for all that's inside the hub of your life.”

Grech recalled a cheerful Benjamin Moore Pear Green 2028-40 greeting in the home of a young first-time home-owning couple. The crisp, bright hue was their choice because, although it's on the cool side of the colour spectrum, it actually takes on a sunny glow. Moreover, the green echoes the woodsy landscape in the front of the home and foretells the grassy backyard and golf course view enjoyed from the main living area. In many ways, too, the bold blast of green is a pronouncement that this couple has very decided decorating tastes and it's reflected in the rest of the house by the daring colour combinations they chose.

In the tiniest of entries, Grech suggests one colour is best for both walls and ceilings. “Even in an apartment entry where there's barely room for two people to stand, think of warming up the space with a paint colour like Benjamin Moore Navajo Red 2171-10, a well-chosen light fixture and carefully selected door hardware. Even these simple components can pack a lot of impact in minimal square footage.”

You can find more colour ideas online at www.benjaminmoore.com.


Carol Ireland

Carol Ireland

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CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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