Think of the foyer as an introduction to your home. It should be as well crafted and curated as the rest of your space. So don’t leave your entrance unadorned. Our expert designers have these eight tips for enhancing your foyer.
You shouldn’t have to handle a heap of rubbish on the way through the door. So before repainting the walls, buying new parts, and buying new artwork, make sure you do the debugging. In this Upper East Side apartment, security was key to making this dark and narrow doorway feel chic.
A place to sit
On the way to the door, it’s nice to have a place to sit. Whether you want to take off your shoes or just take a breather, a bench can be a great addition to your foyer. Check out the reclaimed wood bench we placed in the entrance of this dynamic Westchester home.
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For a purely decorative addition to your foyer, you should consider a new wallpaper. Foyers are usually a bit dark and cramped. So consider an option with high gloss and reflection. In this foyer we applied a geometric gold wallpaper to give an opulent access to this luxurious apartment.
We love decorative items anywhere in the house, but they work especially well in the foyer. Pick out some geometric decorative pieces like we did for this personalized luxury Upper East Side apartment.
mirror Mirror on the wall
Before walking out the door, it’s always a good idea to take a quick look. If you put a mirror in your foyer, you’ll never walk out the door with toothpaste stains again.
Pro tip: Mirrors make small rooms feel more expansive. So if your foyer is a bit cramped, a mirror is a great piece of decoration.
When embellishing your entryway, it is important to use flat decorations with maximum impact, so works of art are the perfect option for your foyer. At this family home on the Upper West Side we selected a collection of black and white graphic prints. And when you put art in the foyer of your home, you’re using the same principles as anywhere else. So when creating a gallery wall, start with the largest piece in the center and work your way out.
The entrance to your home should be comfortable and calming. An area rug is a great way to accomplish this. However, if you are placing a rug in the entryway, make sure you choose a permanent, deep pile option. Check out the ones we’ve placed here Stamford, Connecticut home. It’s a comfortable and easy-to-clean option that is also the perfect introduction to this family home.
Turn your foyer into a home office
If you want to make your entrance area ultra-functional, you should turn it into a mini home office. Forego the presidential-sized wooden desk and opt for something slim and compact. In this Hoboken family home, we tucked two backless chairs under a narrow console table to create a sleek and compact home office.