You know the saying that you only have a couple of seconds to make an impression on people by your appearance and body language etc? Well, that principle can just as easily be applied to your foyer or the main entrance of your home. You really need to think about what you want to say to people – about the people that live there and how they like to live their lives. You might have a large family and live most informally (and perhaps chaotically) or you might live solo and prefer a more formal style of living. Well, the foyer is where you can convey that quite easily and effectively to your visitors.
Either way (formal/informal), you can still make it impressive. Firstly, I think it needs to be functional. This is probably where you throw your keys down as soon as you walk in (& maybe even handbags, school bags, sporting equipment yada yada yada). Just make sure you have a ‘home’ for each item, so that even if there’s stuff, it looks ordered. Think about lighting – make sure it’s adequate and consider mood lighting for evening visitors etc etc. A fancy-pants chandelier , wall sconces, side lamps – it’s all good and hard to overdo it. True! You can never have too many sources of lighting!!
Think about colour – and contrast. Both these elements can make quite a dramatic impression and paint doesn’t cost much to do. Think about going gloss for extra impressive effect (and also a bit unexpected!!). Don’t forget the ceiling – again, consider colour and finish. For eg, you might paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls, or you might go traditional white, but gloss. So many exciting options!!
Flooring should look good but also be practical. If you live in an environment where it snows 6 months of the year, then carpet won’t be a good idea, right? Common sense should prevail here. Having siad that a gorge rug can really add punch in this part of the house!
Making an entryway welcoming is – in my humble opinion – also pretty up there in priority. Sure it has to be functional and look great, but having that so-glad-to-see-you quality is important (unless of course, you DON’T want visitors LOL). So, keeping it simple with flowers might be all it takes. And if you’re like me (a renowned plant-killer from way back!), faux can achieve the same aim. A pleasant scent is also not a bad idea….no point in having a visually knock-out foyer while it smells of cabbage and old socks, right! Artworks are also a great idea for impact and setting the tone.
All in all, the foyer, entry, whatever you call it, is a great opportunity to make a huge favourable impression on visitors to your home! If you’re after some inspiration, why not visit our pinterest page: Fab Foyers!
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