5 Easy Entryway Updates

How to freshen the look of your entry or foyer—without a full renovation

By Jan Soults Walker


Make first impressions count by welcoming these fast fix-up ideas into your entryway or foyer.

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Amplify architectural interest

Take your entry from mundane to urbane by dressing walls with wainscoting and crown molding. You can more easily create the look of a paneled wainscoting by applying moldings in squares or rectangles on the lower portion of the wall. Cap the treatment with a chair rail and paint the lower portion of the wall all one color. Choose white paint to make moldings pop against the upper wall color. (Read more about choosing a trim color here.)

To create cottage charm, surface upper walls with tongue-and-groove boards and create an X-motif wainscoting using flat 1x4s on the lower portion of the walls.

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