How to Make a Killer First Impression in Your Foyer
The foyer is often a forgotten area of the home where bags, coats, and shoes pile up and the chaos of life is revealed. But your foyer is your home’s grand entrance; everyone you welcome into your abode makes their first impression of your living space as they walk in. So why not blow all of your guests away? It doesn’t take much to turn a drab entryway into a well-curated entrance. Scroll through to figure out how you can transform you entryway from a boring space to the ultimate showpiece.
Balance is key, but a dash of asymmetry adds a chic, sophisticated edge to your foyer. We recommend mounting a sculptural art piece or statement-making clock to one wall. When the majority of your entryway is symmetrical, never be afraid of adding a touch of intrigue to one side.
Your walls and floor are often given all the attention, but the ceiling is a powerful and underutilized surface. Mount an interesting ceiling fan, pendant lamp, or art piece to bring volume and energy to your foyer.
We’re in a major metallic phase right now. Brass accents like mirrors, sconces, or a bench make your entryway instantly glamorous. We love the idea of hanging a collection of brass mirrors to one wall as opposed to doing the standard single-mirror composition.
Lighting sets the mood of your home. Use sconces to add warm light and extra texture. We love light fixtures with exposed metal and metallic finishes. Place them next to a few art pieces to dress up a large, blank wall.
Rather than opting for a traditional rug or runner, make your bare floors pop with a geometric design. We love the way Kelly Wearstler echoes the geometric pattern of her stone foyer with a geometric wallpaper on her ceiling. Given its small size, the foyer is a great place to play with pattern. In the entryway, experiment with something a little too bold for your kitchen or living room.
Console tables and benches are excellent foyer choices, but sometimes making your entryway all about one large-scale piece of art is the most exciting option. Pick a large-scale painting, wall sculpture, or photograph and welcome everyone who enters your home with their own museum moment.
Oftentimes the foyer is merely a throughway. If you have enough space, consider your entry as another seating area. Dress up the space with funky ottomans and lamp fixtures, and entertain the idea of entertaining in your entryway. We love using a foyer sitting area to organize the mail or read a magazine.
The foyer certainly makes a first impression on your guests, but people judge your décor starting from the outside. Welcome visitors (and yourself) home with an eye-catching, inviting front door. We love placing ceramic planters on opposite sides of the doorway.
Guide people into the rest of your home with a bright, bold runner. We love how a narrow rug can make a snug room feel complete. It’s fun for your runner to offer a pop of color unlike any other in the room. Experimenting with pattern in the foyer is always a good idea, even it’s from a different era than your furniture.
Safavieh Montauk Black & White Striped Contemporary Area Rug ($56)
Never underestimate the power of great wallpaper. It can add incredible depth and intrigue to your space and, when paired with a slightly clashing geometric floor tile, bring a sense of layered Italian pattern to your space, à la Missoni.