Design Tip of the Month: Your Entryway

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The foyer is where you make that all important first impression, the impression that family and friends will remember every time their thoughts drift to you and your home.

Beyond making a statement, the foyer is a transition room. It takes guests from the outdoors to the interior of your home. It’s a place to take off boots and hang up coats, but it’s also the area that sets the tone for the rest of your home. It introduces guests to your style and gives them a taste of what’s to come.

First of all, remember who will be arriving and departing from the foyer most often- you! Therefore, more than a great new color for the walls or a glamorous piece of furniture, you’ll want a mirror in your foyer. A mirror is a must have in any foyer.

The next element is choosing a shade of color for the walls; a shade that is warm and friendly. Obviously this is a matter of personal taste so choose something that you feel is inviting. Light colors make the room look brighter and more inviting. Neutral colors are good too. It is a calm decor and can give a warm and welcoming look to your foyer. Colors will have an impact on how your guests will feel when they are in your home.

Now it’s time to do a little ground work. For your floors, think low maintenance but with a high maintenance look. If changing the flooring is in the budget, natural stone has had a tremendous resurgence in popularity. Stone will last forever. It’s one of the hardiest surfaces on the market, plus it’s totally natural. If you can’t change the flooring but don’t love the one you have to live with, lay down an area rug. Ensure that the carpet can be easily cleaned because no matter what the season, there is bound to be a lot of mud and dirt coming home, especially if there are kids in the family.

Great lighting fixtures are also imperative to great spaces. Wall fixtures work well, as do ceiling chandeliers. Regardless of your lighting fixture choice, ensure that you install the fixture with a dimmer switch, that way if people visit unexpectedly you can keep the lights dimmed down. Besides, it is nicer to be greeted by soft light rather than a bright interrogation light.

And of course, a foyer also needs a piece of furniture (no more than two) and this can be as simple as a wall-mounted shelf, a wall unit or bureau. Many people like to have a small wall unit that at least has some drawer space or “hanging” space. A simple but elegant decorative box provides a place to store keys, drop the mail, hang a hat and coat. A stool, bench or chair in the foyer usually fits well. Parents of young children and older friends will appreciate having a seat while they remove their footwear. Stools and benches can also serve double duty as storage boxes for extra clothing, shoes and accessories.

Your foyer is almost complete but it still needs that piece de la resistance. Perhaps a favorite statue or piece of art. You’ll also want to complete the space with a good smell. Remember that all of our rooms need to appeal to all five of our senses and the foyer is no exception; be sure to include a source for some welcoming and enticing scent, perhaps one of our popular McCall’s candles!

As always, we hope that you enjoy this post and find it helpful in restyling the place you live into the place you love!

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