January 17, 2013
Foyers are an odd place. They're rooms that serve a functional purpose, but unlike the kitchen, bedroom, living room or even the dining room, it's truly only one purpose - coming and going! Because of this single utility, foyers tend to be decorated sparsely and largely ignored unless you've got company coming over. And yet it's probably one of the most important spaces in the house. Foyers are the first room you come home to, the last part of the home you see before leaving in the morning. So how can we improve the foyer? Consider these four tips for better foyer room design.
1. Hardwood floors
One of the best things you can do for your foyer is equip it with hardwood floors. When you think about the number of shoes, boots and sneakers making their ways through this space, covered in dirt, road salt and sand, you want something durable - flooring that'll look stylish and beautiful a generation from now. Here's where Anderson Floors can help. Consider a collection like Lone Star hardwood floor for your foyer. These engineered boards have all the romance and adventure of the Old West and the patina of wood grain captures the diverse landscapes and rustic nature of Western beauty.
It may seem like an old-fashioned affectation, but settees are coming back - and specifically in the foyer. Not only do they give a wintertime visitor an opportunity to pull off his or her boots, a settee is emblematic of comfort and coziness, representing all that we want our homes to be. No wonder it's a great first sight when entering a house or apartment!
3. A coat rack
This is a strict necessity during any time of year. Closets are also useful, but nothing has the character or charm of an old fashioned coat rack. For a more rustic style, consider lining up coat hangings along one side of the wall. And don't forget the umbrella stand!
4. A bit of the outdoors
Finally, you'll want to make sure that your foyer accurately represents its purpose - a portal from the outdoors in, and vice versa. Consider bringing some of the outdoors in, literally, with a potted plant or vase of flowers. You can also achieve a similar effect by incorporating colors or wallpaper design that reflects your outdoor environment.