Notably, your foyer is the space that gives your guests their first impression of your home, not to mention, your interior design style. But more important, it’s the place where you begin and end your day. Which is why it’s important to make it a space that’s not only functional and efficient but also beautiful and inspiring.
To help you make the most of this oft-used, oft-overlooked space in your home, we've rounded up six foyer décor must-haves that will enhance both the style and function of your entryway. Admittedly, depending on the size of your home, you may not have room for all of them, but we promise that even adding a few will ensure you come home to a beautiful yet usable space every day.
Start With a Console Table
A table is a foyer essential. You’ll use yours as a place to stash mail, bags, and packages. It also provides a surface to accessorize and place table lamps (also essential). If you don’t have room for a table, install a narrow shelf instead.
Create a Welcoming Space With a Rug
The moment you and your guests step through the door, you should feel welcomed and inspired. There’s no easier way to do that than with a beautiful rug that speaks to your own tastes and personality. Bonus: If you don't have a dedicated entryway, a rug helps curate a designated foyer space in your home.
Add Personality With Decorative Accents
Now here’s the fun part: styling! Decorative accents like vases, sculptures, and vintage accessories add flair to your entryway and instantly give your guests a sense of your personal style. Whether you channel your restained minimalist or embrace your inner maximalist, you can't go wrong.
Curate an Artistic Collection
Even if you don't opt to hang artwork on your walls, decorative accents (such as the geode pictured here) can lend artistic vibes to your foyer. A few decorative accents can create a welcoming environment that you'll look forward to coming home to every day.
Hang an Oversize Mirror
For that last-minute hair and makeup check, install a mirror in your entryway. It may actually make you later than you already are when running out the door, but hey, at least you'll look your most presentable upon arrival!
Give Your Space a Little Life
Liven up your foyer (literally) with some foliage. If you'd consider yourself a "black thumb," take style notes from the home of the women behind the über-inspirational blog A Beautiful Mess and opt for plants that don't require frequent watering.
Lighting's a practical consideration in your foyer, as it helps you see where you’re going when you walk into a dark house. We prefer bulbs with a soft glow to make the transition easy. Lighting is also one of the simplest ways to make a stylish statement, so choose a pendant light or a table lamp that echoes your home's aesthetic and sets the vibe.
This story was originally published on August 15, 2014, and has since been updated.
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