They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Your foyer is the first impression visitors get of your home. It gives a hint at what can be expected in the rest of it. So, you want it to be inviting to guests and say “welcome to my home.”
Even more important than that, you want it to fit your needs and be a space that you find beautiful. It should inspire you and make you feel at home every time you walk through the front door.
Whether your foyer is a grand entryway or a door that opens directly into your living room, you want to put as much thought into decorating it as you would any other room in the house. Now, you may not be able to include every item on this list of foyer essentials. It depends on the size of your home. However, including as many of them as possible will help you create a space that is functional, welcoming, and a reflection of your style.
Foyers usually aren’t a large space, so it’s best to keep things simple. You want it to be open and allow room for people to comfortably enter your home without tripping over things. That means, when decorating your foyer it helps to stick with the basics, so it doesn’t become cluttered. Here’s a list of six foyer essentials that will make your entryway functional, stylish, and comfortable.
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1. CONSOLE TABLE
The first thing on the foyer essentials list is a console table. It provides a surface to drop your keys, phone, and mail. It also provides a spot for you to accessorize and personalize your foyer, along with a place to put a lamp. Choose a console table to fit your space. A more streamlined table that is narrow in depth won’t make your foyer feel crowded. If you have a larger foyer, you may be able to use a chest or sideboard.
TIP: If you don’t have enough room to place a table on the floor, add a small narrow shelf on the wall.
A mirror is important for a few reasons. First, it’s functional. You can use it to check out how you look before you answer the door or take a last look before you leave. A mirror also serves as a stylish focal point and dresses up the space. Another reason a mirror works well in a foyer is that it reflects light, so it can help brighten the space.
TIP: You can make a small entryway seem larger by adding a huge mirror that sits on the floor. Place a simple table and bench in front of it, add some accessories and voila! You’ve created a beautiful and inviting space.
Seating is an essential, but often overlooked component when decorating a foyer. It’s helpful to have a place to sit while you put on or remove your shoes, leash up the dogs before their walk, or take a moment to relax while you wait for the family to head out the door. When it comes to seating, you have lots of options. Depending on how much space you have, you could choose a bench, a chair (or two), or slide a couple of small ottomans beneath the console table.
Rugs anchor and define a space. You can also use them as an opportunity to bring in color and texture to your foyer. They serve a very practical purpose too, as they collect dirt when people enter. Since the rug in your foyer will receive lots of traffic, you may want to choose one that is fairly weather-resistant and easy to clean.
TIP: Let the size of your foyer determine the shape of your rug. For example, a runner would work in a long narrow foyer.
Proper lighting is important in any room and the foyer is no different. One of the first things you usually do when you come into your house is turn on the light. That’s why having some type of lighting is a must. Overhead fixtures are the most common lighting found in foyers. You could go with recessed lighting or opt for a statement fixture (such as a chandelier) that sets the tone for the space. You can also layer your lighting by placing a lamp on the console table. Another option is installing sconces on the wall.
Accessories are the finishing touch that truly personalize a space. Some items you can use to style your foyer are plants, artwork, framed photos, a tray or bowl to hold your keys and phone, baskets, or a decorative pillow for the chair.
As always, experiment with different scenarios until you find the one that feels good to you. I hope this list of foyer essentials has inspired you and given you some ideas to create a beautiful, welcoming entryway you and your guests will love.
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