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A well-appointed foyer gives visitors their first glimpse of a home design

August 14, 2013

The foyer may not quite qualify as a room, but it has an important place in the home as the entry where visitors get their first look into one's house. In that location, it's important for flooring to withstand foot traffic as well as convey a welcoming first impression as the Southern Vista collection of Anderson Floors does with its sturdy, uniquely textured finishes.

But that's just the beginning as homeowners pull together appropriate lighting, window treatments where applicable and furnishings that are both useful and attractive in a home foyer.

Let light in
In entries that have windows, part of the design should include a window treatment that ties in with the nearest room by incorporating colors or materials that are found there. The right choice will also allow in light during the day and control privacy as needed.

Soft sheer shades are a good choice for a foyer window because they have the look and feel of soft fabric shades but the functionality of a horizontal blind. They can be tilted for filtered light or raised for a full outdoors view.

If the foyer has a high ceiling, a large hanging light should be installed to cast a soft glow throughout the space. It also meets a functional need to light what may be a dark interior near the doorway.

Color the space
Repainting the walls and trim in a foyer gives it an instant makeover and frequently brightens an otherwise dark space. A bold color for the front door with new hardware often sharpens the look of an entry from the outside.

If neutrals are used throughout the foyer, home decorators may consider using a patterned runner on the stairs. When the stairway is located within instant eyeshot as someone enters, a pattern gives a lively feel to their first view of the home design.

Focal point
If homeowners are looking for a focal point that will capture visitors interest immediately, Real Simple magazine suggested creating a salon-style wall. The choice of artwork to feature is virtually endless, according to homeowners' decorating style.

Some tried-and-true selections include family photographs or those taken on travels that hold special memories for homeowners. A grouping of mirrors in frames of different sizes and shapes is another good possibility. Mirrors, which tend to stand out best on dark-colored walls, always expand a space so they are a particularly good in a small area like a foyer.