Choose a color that complements the rest of your home’s décor. A warm neutral color can be welcoming and complementary. If your foyer is open to other rooms, pick a color that fits with your existing color scheme.
If your foyer is a separate space, you have more creative freedom to play with a color. A dark color can make a bold impression, and painting the ceiling can give the space more depth. Or, try painting an accent wall to highlight artwork, photographs or a special piece of furniture.
Your local True Value hardware store’s Certified Color Expert® can answer questions you have about have about paint color and point you in the right direction. While you’re there, you can pick up a Custom Mixed Color Sample to try a few colors on your walls at home. Color samples allow you to paint a small space and live with different options for a while before making your decision. You can also pick up Idea Cards, which have pre-determined palettes ready for you, Trend Cards for the latest colors or Stripe Cards that show shades of the same color.
You can also experiment online with True Value’s interactive Mood Quiz, where you can change paint colors and furniture in six moods to preview how colors will look before you paint. Our Color Selection Tool features a color wheel with every color in the True Value® paint palette.
Use the Paint Calculator to estimate how much paint you need.
Cover furniture and floors with tarps or drop cloths. Using a damp cloth, wash the wall surface with mild detergent and water. If any walls are damaged, patch holes with spackling compound. Scrape off flaky areas of old paint using a putty knife. Remove outlets and switch covers and cover edges with painter’s tape.
Even though it’s not necessary to apply a coat of primer before you paint, it’s a good idea. Doing so will improve the coverage and help the paint wear better. If your walls are stained or you’re using a light color over existing dark walls, you will need to prime them first.
With a brush or roller, apply True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium latex primer/sealer widthwise in 6' sections, using a zigzag pattern of overlapping "W" strokes. Move from right to left, then left to right, spreading evenly with vertical strokes. You can also skip priming by painting with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Paint and Primer In One.
Once the primer dries, apply EasyCare® Ultra Premium Paint and Primer in- One using the same technique. If necessary, apply a second coat. You don't have to let the paint completely dry between coats, but the longer you wait the better your results will be.
Thoroughly rinse your roller covers and brushes until the water runs clear. Store in plastic bags or hang them on nails or hooks to dry. Remove the drop cloths and pull off the painter’s tape at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any fresh paint. Reattach outlets and switch covers.