Bright, Airy, and Light – 2 Story Foyer Paint Color Ideas

By Sharon R. Lee

A two story foyer can be a beautiful addition to any home. It's the perfect place to welcome friends and family, and it can also be used as an elegant display area for artwork.

However, if you don't paint the walls of your foyer in the right way, it could end up looking like a dark and gloomy space that doesn't have any personality.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing paint colours for your two story foyer. The key is finding one that will make the room feel bright, airy and light - here are some ideas:

Painting the walls to make a two story foyer feel bright and airy

A two story foyer is a gorgeous part of your home, but it can also be intimidating to navigate. Painting the walls in a light colour and using bright trim, moulding, and flooring will make the space feel spacious and open.

If you're trying to go for a bright look without making the ceiling too bright (which can cause glare), consider using a lighter shade (such as white or vanilla) for your ceiling. This will allow more natural light into the foyer while still keeping things looking airy and light!

Don't forget about painting all of those other details in this room too! Paint or stain everything from trim down to molding with lighter colours like off-white or beige so they don't compete with all that beautiful natural sunlight coming through windows nearby.

Bright white for a clean, traditional feel

  • Bright white for a clean, traditional feel

For a clean and simple look, use bright white paint in your 2 story foyer. Bright whites allow light to bounce around the space, creating an airy feeling that will make you feel like you're walking into an art gallery.

A bright white can also help create this effect if your house has dark flooring or other features that absorb light - it helps reflect the natural light back out at you instead of letting it be absorbed by carpeting or wood floors.

Gray for a modern look

Gray is a great choice for a foyer, as it can be used in so many ways. It's not just a color that looks good on its own; gray also gives you the opportunity to try different styles and designs if you're looking for creative ways to add personality to your house.

Gray works well with any other colors and neutrals because of its versatility, which makes it an excellent choice when decorating your home!

When choosing gray paint colors for your foyer, keep in mind that this color has multiple shades—some are warmer than others (such as taupe or greenish-gray), while others are cooler (like charcoal).

The lighter tones tend to be more neutral than dark ones so they're better suited for open spaces like an entryway.

However if you want something bolder then darker grays may work better here since they can make small rooms appear larger due them being darker than lighter ones like taupe which absorbs light rather than reflects it back onto surrounding surfaces like white does (which can make things look smaller).

Off-white for a softer feel

The foyer is a common place for homeowners to put their personal stamp on the home. It's often the first thing guests see when they enter your home, so it's important to make sure it looks its best!

Off-white paint is a great choice for this space because it is light and airy, which helps create a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

Ivory for an antique, old world look

Ivory is a warm, soft color that works well in both traditional and modern homes. It's typically associated with old world, European-style design, but it can also be used in a contemporary or modern setting.

If you're looking for an antique look, consider painting the walls of your foyer in ivory. Though this color brings to mind images of classic designs from centuries past (think French Country), it also works well for more modern interiors that simply have a vintage flair.

Depending on how much contrast you want between your walls and flooring (or ceiling), choose either off-white or cream tones to complement your furniture pieces and accessories.

Beige for a warm, cozy look

Beige is a soft, neutral colour that is both warm and inviting. It’s the perfect choice for a traditional home, but it also works well in modern homes. If you have a cottage, beach house or farmhouse—beige will make them feel cozy and inviting.

And if you live in the mountains—beige will help keep things cool in the summer while keeping things warm in winter!

Paint your 2 story foyer to create a welcome environment.

Your entryway is the first thing you see when you walk into your home. It should be welcoming, inviting, and an overall space that feels comfortable. If it doesn't make you feel good, then it's going to be hard for anyone else to like it either!

The best way to achieve this effect is by using a neutral color scheme with bright accents throughout the room. Here are two of our favorite two-story foyer paint color ideas:

5 neutral paint colours for 2 story foyer

If you're looking for a neutral paint colour to work with your 2 story foyer, these five suggestions will be helpful.

  • Use white to make the space feel bright and airy. White tones down the natural brightness of light colours, which can help make it seem like there's more light in the room. It also reflects sunlight off of it's surface so that the room remains bright even if there isn't much natural light coming through.

  • Use grey or beige to make the space feel welcoming. When paired with whites and other light shades, grays and beiges add warmth to a room while still keeping it cool enough that your home won't feel stuffy during warmer months. These tones also give off an air of serenity which can help create an inviting atmosphere in any area of your home!

  • Use red or blue to give off a warm feeling at night time - If you want something more bold than neutral colors but don't want anything too dark either then consider using reds or blues instead! Red is known as one of our "primary" colors because humans see them easily (along with green) - meaning they stand out more than other hues when used together within one painting scheme!"

7 Tips For Choosing The Right Paint Colors for Foyers

  • Choose a color that matches your style

The foyer area can be the most important part of your home, as it's where you greet guests, entertain guests, and prepare them to enter another room. You want this space to reflect who you are as a person and set the tone for the rest of their visit. So choose a color that matches your style!

  • Choose a color that matches your furniture

Is there a particular piece of furniture in this space? If so, think about what type of wood it is made from and what tones will look best next to it. You also want all areas surrounding this piece of furniture (cabinets, walls) to complement or contrast with it depending on which direction you're going with this foyer area design element(s).

  • Choose a color that matches your decor

If there are any decor items currently in place around here, make sure those colors look good together when placed side by side with whatever other items will be included over time (wall art).

For example: if there's an abstract painting hung overtop an entryway table - does its hue clash against other decorative elements like ceiling light fixtures or artwork hanging nearby?


With the right paint color for your two story foyer, you can transform the space. Painting it will help create a bright and airy feel, which is perfect if you’re looking to make this area more welcoming.

It can also add character with a neutral colour like beige or off-white. There are many colours that would work well in this room so whether it’s white or gray, there is an option for everyone!

Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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