October 13, 2012
The foyer is the home's portal to the outside. Because it serves this single purpose, we tend to think of it more as a decorative space than a functional one - but the role of the foyer can also change with the seasons. While during the summer, an airy and open foyer helps to keep the home cool with open windows and screen doors. But as the weather turns cooler, you'll want to repurpose your foyer as a warm and cozy space, as well as inviting and welcoming. Early fall may be the perfect time to do a little redecorating around your foyer, and maybe even a little remodeling underfoot.Get new, long-lasting hardwood floors New flooring is sure to revitalize your foyer on its own, preparing it for a lifetime of use. While you'll want to take some decorative steps to bring out the best in your foyer for the season, when picking a new hardwood floor, keep in mind the seasons and years to come. You'll want durability paired with elegance. Anderson Floors offers the Sanctuary collection, part of its Virginia Vintage line, specifically for homeowners in need of this combination. In an age where solid hardwood floors are harder and harder to find, the Sanctuary collection is a stylish and expertly-crafted luxury. Hewn from rich maple and featuring a rich palette of warm hues, these handscraped floors have all the comfort and charm of a flickering fire in the hearth.Repaint to cozier hues Autumn is redressing the northern hemispheres in a new palette of gold, red and orange, so why not take these colors to heart and do a little repainting yourself? While whites or light blues are a cool option for spring and summer, they can be a bit too chilly come the crisper weather. Why not go with a harvest gold hue or deep orange instead?Break out the area rugs One of the best ways to complement wall colors is with area rugs. Not only will these bring out the best in your new hardwood floors, they can enrich your newly painted walls as well - all while keeping feet warm through the winter.Introduce a coat rack If you haven't already, this is the perfect time to invest in a coat rack. While affixing one to the wall is a clever space-saving technique, a freestanding rack is a charming addition to any foyer. See if you can pick one up at an antique shop or flea market. A little DIY refurbishment could bring out the best in any bargain purchase!