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Color and wood floors add style to a home's foyer

August 26, 2014

wood floorsSprucing up their front door and outdoor fixtures is popular with homeowners these days. But just as important is the space that people see first when they enter your front door. Having beautiful wood floors like those in Anderson's Chestnut Hill collection and a pleasing color scheme makes an entryway worthy of attention.

A good choice for wall color in a foyer is a shade that's in the same color family as the rooms that are adjacent to the entry. A lighter or darker tone should be selected depending on how open the space is. If you're looking for an instant makeover for your front entrance, paint the front door in a deep jewel tone, then freshen the walls and trim of the foyer with colors that brighten the entry.

That's where light comes in. Many foyers have windows built into the sides of the doors or have a classic octagon-shaped window as much for decoration as for light. These windows are typically small and don't bring much light in. Sunlight is further diminished because decorative windows often have wavy glass or leaded panels that diffuse the light.

If the entry hall 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's often a dark interior near the doorway.

Attractive focal points
If homeowners are looking for a focal point that will capture visitors interest immediately, Real Simple magazine suggested creating a salon-style wall. The effect is one that will capture visitors interest immediately.

A grouping of art may include family photographs and those taken on travels that hold special memories. Or, try a selection of mirrors in frames of different sizes and shapes. Mirrors also tend to make a small space look larger, so they're particularly good for use in a small area like a foyer.

In a small foyer, Decoist suggested adding a bookcase or other furniture with storage that's narrow in width to take up as little floor space as possible. If placed against the wall, the artwork may be placed immediately above the unit. 

If the foyer has a staircase that's right in front of visitors as they enter, a patterned runner on the steps will provide a lively feel to their first view of the home design. Drawing in hues from adjoining rooms that are visible from the entry, as well as the foyer's wall color, the runner will tie these areas together.