Farrow & Ball shares one common entryway paint mistake – are you making it?

Paint professionals at Farrow & Ball are warning against an easy-to-make entryway paint mistake, here's how to avoid it

grey and white hallway with side table, circular mirror and coat hangers
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The hallway deserves just as much love and attention as any other room in the home. Thinking of giving your entryway a refresh with some hallway paint ideas this year?

The experts at Farrow & Ball have revealed one entryway paint mistake that's all too easy to fall into. When it comes to painting walls in your entryway, the paint finish you go for is key.

And if you want some more paint inspiration, take a look at the best Farrow & Ball paints here.

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Farrow & Ball warn against this entryway paint mistake

'The most common mistake in a hallway is forgetting about the finish and choosing something without durability that is not fit for purpose,' explains Farrow & Ball's Brand Ambassador Patrick O'Donnell.

'Whilst hallways are essentially transitional spaces to access other areas of your home, they also take a lot of through traffic and a significant amount of wear and tear,' Patrick continues. 'Always make sure your paint finish is fit for purpose – especially your walls and woodwork.'

Patrick recommends choosing something washable, wipeable, and scuff-proof for this high-traffic area of our home. 'Our Modern range will tolerate a busier household and is fully washable, wipeable, and super tough against knocks and scrapes.'

farrow and ball paint used in hallway

We're loving the use of gloss and matt finishes in this hallway

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So, as a rule of thumb, always look for the toughest and most durable finish possible when painting your entryway. This will mean walls, doorframes, and skirting boards will look their best for as long as possible.

Choosing the right finish will also save you from having to touch up the paintwork at a later date or being reminded of DIY jobs that need doing every time you step through the door. Nobody needs that.

Kane Hughes, an interior designer from MyJobQuote also shared a top tip to keep your hallway paintwork looking its best. Kane says that you should use a primer before painting if the wall has any stains on it currently.

farrow and ball paint used in hallway

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'Even if the stains seem minimal, for example, crayon marks, then the primer should be used, as these stains can easily show through the paint,' says Kane. Likewise, if you're going from a dark color to something lighter, a primer will help.

The Farrow & Ball Modern paint range Patrick mentions also protects against mold, handy for moisture-prone kitchens and bathrooms, or if you live in an old, damp building. Happy decorating!

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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