One of my projects over the next ten days is going to be repainting my front hallway. Currently the walls are really dark: deep navy blue, and it's an area that doesn't get a lot of natural light so the walls basically look black. My wife wants me to paint them some sort of beige she saw on a color chip. I expect this means I'll have to put down at least two or three layers of latex paint, but is there something else I can put down first that will save me time (and money)? What's the smartest way to do this? Also: I don't have any objections to beige, but I'm not in love with it either. Is that a bad color for a front hallway? Color recommendations welcome.