Think of your foyer as an introduction to your home. Whether you go for a mid-century or a bohemian chic, your foyer sets the tone for how your guests experience the space you have created for yourself. And this is the last area of the house that you want to leave unadorned. So if you’re looking for a bit of foyer inspiration, follow our guide.
If shoes aren’t a rule in your household, consider adding a bench or even a small couch to your foyer. Hopefully your guests will get the hint and leave their shoes at the front door. The lime blue sofa in this New Canaan makeover is all the rage this year and is a sleek addition to this light-filled entry.
Add an accent wall
If your foyer leads into an open space, you want to find ways to separate your foyer from the rest of your home. An accent wall or tasteful wallpaper is a great way to do this. It will greet your guests with a bit of style and can signal for the rest of your design scheme. Check out the accent wall we added to this personalized luxury Upper East Side condo.
mirror Mirror on the wall
Before you go out the door in the morning, take one last look in the mirror. And if you want to upgrade your entryway, a full-length mirror can work wonders, like in this mid-century palace on the Upper East Side. It will add a decorative touch to your foyer and hopefully you will notice that mustard stain before you head to the office.
A few well-curated works of art can set the tone for your artsy accommodation. So if you’re looking to incorporate artwork throughout the home, there’s no better place to start than the foyer. We designed this Upper West Side apartment to match the client’s existing artwork, and for the foyer we selected a bold collection of black and white woodblock prints.
We love placing geometric table objects all over the house. It’s an easy way to create a design scheme that includes a variety of shapes and can help you create a compelling neutral palette. In the entrance to this Westchester family home, we incorporated several geometric table objects and an octagonal mirror to set this room apart from the more traditional elements throughout the home.
Add a carpet of area
A carpet in the foyer has to endure a lot of wear and tear. So consider an indoor and outdoor option, or opt for a deep pile rug like we did with this modern makeover to the Connecticut home. It’s a welcoming touch that gives this entrance area a classy, comfortable feel.
And an entrance doesn’t just have to be decorative. In the foyer of this rustic, modern Hoboken apartment, we installed a large closet for additional storage space. But we rounded off the storage space with a house bar so that guests feel welcome as soon as they step in the door.