The first act of a play sets the stage for the drama that follows. Your foyer sets the stage for the rest of your home. It should make a good first impression. It should say “welcome” and create a “sense of arrival” for family and guests. A little decorating magic can transform this area into a space that reflects your personal style.
Foyers often have high ceilings. This provides the perfect place for a decorative ceiling in faux finish, stained glass, reclaimed wood or other modern effects to enhance the interiors.
The entryway floor is another area ripe for design. Consider a compass rose or another decorative motif in ceramic, mosaic or marble.
Experiment with Color
Perhaps paint the walls in a bright color that blends with the rest of your décor. Wallpaper is coming back in style and offers thousands of choices. Wallpaper provides another way to express yourself. There are hundreds of new wall surfaces to consider such decorative PVC three-dimensional wall panels. How about a tile or mosaic wall?
Consider the dimensions of your foyer. A long, narrow foyer can appear wider by adding mirrors. If your foyer is spacious enough to accommodate furniture, a bench or console works well. Large foyers can accommodate a central foyer table to showcase a magnificent floral arrangement or a work of art. Depending on how you place the art and accessories, your foyer is the ideal place to try a dramatic lighting effect to highlight a large vase or sculpture.
Lighting plays an important role. During the day this area should be bright enough to allow a reasonable transition from the bright indoors to the darker interior. Illumination needs to be at a lower level at night to aid the eyes in focusing, but strong enough to enable visitors to see and be seen.
Foyers can be problem areas for interior design. One of my clients had a very dark, narrow entryway. This tunnel-like room had high ceilings, a long, narrow window and no space for a lamp or table. We selected vertical striped wallpaper with light background color and reflective finishes. We selected high gloss paint for the ceiling. An oversized mirror on one wall was placed opposite the window. This created the illusion of having two windows. A narrow shelf under the mirror created a place for decorative accessories and a practical space on which to drop keys. We installed bright floor tile on the diagonal to help visually “widen” the space.
There are many, many other options depending on your own personal décor. The foyer should send out a welcoming message and provide what I like to call a “sense of arrival.”
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