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Warm wood floors give a great first impression in a home's foyer

April 16, 2014

Hand Scraped Hardwood FlooringFor many homeowners, the foyer may be the smallest space in their house, but its impact shouldn't be overlooked. It provides visitors with their first impression of the home and should be treated with as much attention as the rest of the dwelling. Adding hardwood floors like Anderson's Dellamano Hickory collection gives a foyer the classic decor it deserves.

Depending on how much space is available, the entryway may include furnishings that are both functional and stylish as well as accessories that give the space a finished look, according to House Beautiful magazine. The wall and ceiling colors should reflect adjacent areas of the house so there's some continuity in the home design.

Accent colors don't have to precisely match those used elsewhere, but one accent shade taken from the nearest room would provide a unifying thread between the two spaces.

Whether it's large or small, a foyer should have a warm, cozy atmosphere. In a typical split-level home, for instance, there may be a small amount of floor space in the entry, but the ceiling is at its highest point above the steps leading up to the main floor. To compensate for that expanse, homeowners can outfit the tallest wall with a large mirror, one striking piece of art or a series of smaller, framed works that share the same theme.

Add welcoming touches
Every entryway should have a landing place where homeowners can set down the mail, house keys and packages before making their way into the house. A small bookcase or narrow side table fits this need and won't take up much floor space if it's placed against a wall. Also, a shoe tray is a useful item to place boots, umbrellas or wet shoes so they don't track mud or water into the home.

If there's room, Real Simple magazine recommended placing some seating where friends can sit down while taking off their boots and outerwear, which will likely be hung in a nearby closet. A small bench or two upholstered chairs are good choices because they'll fit a variety of decorating styles. A decorative throw or a pillow on the seat softens the look and adds a welcoming touch.

Since wood floors in an entry area will be exposed to wear and tear, a runner or small rug near the door will catch debris brought in from outside. By using a rug that takes up only a little space, the warmth of the hardwood will still be visible.