Everything You Need to Design a Grand and Gorgeous Foyer

Updated 11/27/19

Designed by Emily Henderson Design; Photo by Sara Tramp

The foyer is usually the first part of your living space that your guests experience. Therefore, it can make a lasting impression. “This is the moment someone walks in your home and you can either set the tone to be museum-like or ‘hey, this is my house and you're welcome to kick off your shoes and relax.’” explains Danny Seo, sustainable living expert and Editor-in-Chief of Naturally, Danny Seo Magazine.

Regardless of your aesthetic, budget, or even the size of your space, creating an impressionable foyer is easier than you think. Here is everything you need for a grand and gorgeous foyer. 

A Rug or Runner

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Parachute Medallion Wool Kilim $89+
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Pretty much every gorgeous foyer has something in common: it has a statement making floor covering. Because your foyer is a high traffic area, you want to make sure it is resilient and can be easily cleaned. Also, shy away from bright whites or extremely dark colors, which will both show stains and dirt more easily. 

A Great Plant

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1800 Flowers Fiddle Leaf Fig $200
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If we have learned anything in the last decade, it's that adding some live greenery to any space is a no brainer. You can’t go wrong with a Fiddle Fig Leaf, and this one can be ordered year-round from 1800 Flowers. 

Something “Weird”

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Perigold Decorative Ribbon Coral on Crystal Base $120
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Sure, there are lots of common things we often come across in a stylish foyer, but it is the unexpected that really make a lasting impression. "I think it's important to have something ‘weird’ in your foyer,” says Seo. “But you don't want to have bean bag chairs and clutter in the foyer, so I think an eclectic mix of formal and fun is nice.” For example, in his home, he has a statement light fixture from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams that's mid-century modern and hung above a glass foyer table. “On the tabletop, I have three weird things: a giant hornet's nest, a giant sea sponge (which the next is laying on), and a humungous crystal I bought at a flea market. It gives a vibe of Anthropologie but without the frills."


Wallpaper

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The Inside Peel and Stick Wallpaper Roll, Coral Zebra by Scalamandré $69
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"Create instant intrigue with a bold, graphic wallpaper that stops people in their tracks,” suggests Christiane Lemieux, co-founder and CEO of The Inside. Instead of making a long-term investment, she suggests the peel & stick version, that can be easily swapped in and out without leaving a sticky residue.

Create instant intrigue with a bold, graphic wallpaper that stops people in their tracks.

A Beautiful Bench

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One Kings Lane Carrie Tufted Bench, Navy Velvet $415
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If you have a large foyer, offering some sort of decorative seating can serve a multi-functional purpose. In addition to looking great, it can be a place for someone to put down their stuff, or even sit while they remove their shoes. 


A Marvelous Mirror

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Perigold Prescott Wall Mirror $1145
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Whether your aesthetic is modern, contemporary, farmhouse, traditional, or mid-century, finding a foyer mirror that fits your style will make a huge impact when your guests walk through the door.

A Console is Key 

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Perigold Charleston Console Table $5288
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Almost every foyer has a console, which serves a functional as well as design-based purpose. Not only is it the perfect place to give your guests to set down any personal items they may have, it can set the tone for the design of the rest of your home.


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