The foyer is the first thing guests see when then walk into your home. Don’t you want them walk in to say “Wow, I love your house!”
Foyers can quickly set the tone for the rest of your home and first impressions are everything. Even if you have a small area to work with there are some simple elements that can make your foyer beautiful.
The basic elements you need to create a beautiful foyer:
- Bold wall treatment
- Moulding to frame the space
- Great area rug
- Statement furniture
- Personal mementos
- Sophisticated light fixtures
Bold Wall Treatment
Bold wall treatments: think a painted technique, wall paper or a dramatic paint color. I chose to do a wide stripe using a gold metallic paint. The gold is very subtle, but with a house that faces north I needed a little shimmer to pick up and reflect the light.
Moulding is something I HIGHLY recommend you invest in either when you build your home or after the fact. It’s a very inexpensive update that adds a sophisticated texture and character to a home.
Wainscoting running up the stairs is a must if you have children to protect your walls and it looks so beautiful. Wainscoting is painted with a semi-gloss paint and is much easier to clean than walls. You will thank me for this advice!
A great area rug can tie the entire space together. This is where you can get really creative and reflect the colors from the other areas of your home. Think about a pattern that will high dirt, since this area will be walked over as people enter from the outdoors.
Here is a flat woven rug that complements the colors in the foyer. Flat woven rugs are great because they can be turned over if you get any stains. Another great option is an indoor/outdoor rug. You literally can hose them off if you run into a really big stain!
Statement furniture is what can create the wow factor and even provide extra storage in your home. This console table has lived in two homes and has been paint 3 times!
Newly painted in Valspar’s 5005-3C Jekyll Grand Dining Sea Mist with new crystal knobs.
The construction is perfect with the 4 deep drawers and the area underneath for wicker baskets. The drawers house stationary, office supplies, and craft materials.
Wicker baskets are great for anything you can imagine! Mine hold purses (lots of purses), winter gloves/hats/scarves, and games that I can quickly grab when entertaining guests.
Here is was before. Nice change I’d say!
Another furniture piece that is a great addition to a foyer is an ottoman. This is an ottoman from a chair I have in my family room, but couldn’t fit into the same room when I moved into the house.
Ottomans are a great little addition and perfect for putting on or taking off shoes. Guests can drop their purses and keys here too!
When people enter your home, they want to get a sense of who you are and feel comfortable. Think about adding some personal mementos in your foyer.
Personal pictures and artwork from vacations are the perfect way to add personality and get a conversation started. The photograph above the ottoman is one I took in Portofino, Italy and these oil paintings are from my 11 summers in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado.
Lighting creates warmth and evokes a mood. Adding table lamps creates a soft light that feels welcoming.
The ceiling light can also add an “art” element. I like my ceiling lights to reflect the rest of my home and blend into the surroundings. This ceiling light was the perfect find.
Create This Look
Do you like the look of my foyer? Here are some ideas to get you started!
If you like my paint colors, check out this post about the colors I used Decorating Dilemma: Solutions for Open Concept Floor Plans