Do you feel as though the entrance to your home is underwhelming? Your entranceway, or foyer, is where first impressions are made. It also serves the purpose of being the catch-all spot by the front door in many homes. The following are a few design ideas to make your foyer more attractive and useful.
Plan for outerwear
One of the biggest issues in a foyer is that the small space often becomes cluttered with coats, umbrellas, keys, outgoing mail, and other items. If you don't have a closet in the foyer to hold these items, then invest in better storage. A corner coat rack is attractive if you only have a few coats, but wall mounted hooks, or even a small armoire is a better option if you have a lot of outerwear. There are even versions that have built-in boot trays for winter boots and rain gear. A key hook or an attractive bowl to catch small items like keys and garage door openers is also a necessity to keep everything tidy.
Furnish with a statement piece
In a larger space, you can place a narrow table against one wall in the foyer. Adorn it with a statement item, such as a vase of flowers or an attractive statuette, so that beauty greets you and your guests each time you enter the home. Even small foyers benefit from a statement piece. You may not be able to fit in a table, but you can hang a mirror in an attractive frame. Not only will this make the foyer seem bigger, but it also provides a place to check your hair one last time before leaving the home. If you have room, you can even add a small wall mounted shelf beneath the mirror to hold a small vase or your key bowl.
Improve the lighting
Lighting is very important in a foyer, as entering a dark home is rarely welcoming. A small chandelier provides plenty of light and casts an interesting shadow on a wall, giving the entrance a feeling of grandeur no matter its size. Just make sure the scale of the fixture fits the size of the foyer. If you have a long, narrow foyer, consider sunken can lights aimed at the wall. If you line the walls with art, each can highlight a picture.
For more help in designing an attractive foyer, visit a store to check out art, furniture, and home decor light fixtures.Share