It’s the welcoming committee for the rest of our home.
However, it’s not hopeless! You can create the feeling of a foyer.
House to Home Elements to Consider:
- Lighting: table lamps, hanging swag lamps, floor lamps, uplights (can lighting), candles
- Softness: rugs, rug runners
- Seating: benches, chairs, ottomans, stools
- Storage: dressers, credenzas, armoires, large covered baskets, stacked luggage, night stands, umbrella stands, hooks
- Personality: family photos, travel prints, souvenirs
- Reflection: mirrors, glass, mercury glass
- Life: plants, flowers, clocks with pendulums
A physical barrier literally blocks the view of the rest of the room.
A visual barrier gives the viewer decor to instantly view in the front door area;
it separates and sets the entryway apart from the rest of the house.
Even if it’s only a few square feet, give your home a place
in which to pause before entering the rest of the house.
If you only have one wall near the front door and no coat closet or console,
compact helpers work perfectly here.
If It’s Compact, Make an Impact
makes a spectacular statement.
the dog’s leash, gadgets, whatever.
Frame the wall you’ll be using to draw attention to it.
Define with Wallpaper
Accent wallpaper makes a dramatic statement
that can be fun for a transition space.
Define with Wainscoting
Easy-to-apply wallpaper or the traditional wood panels
create instant cottage appeal.
Paint It Happy
to say “Hello” to your family and friends.
Your collection of heirloom and thrift plates needs to be displayed somewhere.
Why not the entryway?
Use a Hall TreeIf you only have three to five feet of space
(and perhaps you’re renting and can’t alter the wall in any way),
the classic hall tree may be just what your entryway needs.
Focus on the Front Door
Painting the inside of the door is probably
the easiest fix and the most eye-catching.
Illuminate with Swag
You can create a small square of foyer space simply by
flanking the front door with sconces,
spreading a rug upon the floor,
and hanging a lamp from a hook over the spot.
(If there’s no nearby outlet, use an extension cord;
secure it as close to the floor molding as possible.)
IKEA to the Rescue
A tall or low Expedit shelving unit can be used
between the space near your door and the rest of the room.
(We have the black/brown 5 cube by 5 cube unit and love it!)
A House (Er, Room) Divided
In a larger or longer room, a screen or hanging divider
is an excellent solution for a lack of defined landing area
once you’ve entered the home.
My friend Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage
tiled a tiny space by her front door.
“Making a grand entrance isn’t all that easy
when you have a 2 ft. by 4 ft. square to do it in.
No room for big furniture. No big open space to decorate.
That’s okay, I like to keep things simple…”
Children love their own personalized space!
Give them one (or two, or three, or more…).
Lean a Mirror
Even a chunky wardrobe mirror works well to define a visual vestibule.
I like Old Time Pottery and Hobby Lobby’s selections.
Maybe you have a bitty spot that is more like a crevice than anything else.
Shelving, hooks, and baskets can help to organize your homecomings.
Not only is it great (hidden) storage, but it looks great, too!
A mirrored one is perfect for last-minute primping.
Recycle That Pallet
Yet another pallet creation, and it’s fantastic!
In My Home
My basement cafe has no foyer to speak of.
Here’s how I used the wall behind the door
so guests can park their purses or primp.
Try creating one; you will feel proud to enter and to invite others into your home!Have a beautiful, blessed day making your home!