Foyer Decorating

by HDME Staff

Struggling to come up with good foyer decorating ideas? Whenever a guest enters your home, and whenever you and your family members enter your home, the very first thing that is seen is the foyer decorating. It is the first impression when someone is visiting for the first time and, more often than not, it is the lasting impression.

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For this reason, it is important to create a warm and welcoming foyer decor to show your taste and style to everyone who enters your home. This kind of project can be big or small, it’s completely up to you.

When you want to start foyer decorating, begin by cleaning the area of clutter and dust, washing the floors and walls. Then, prime the walls so that you can paint them a fresh new color or simply add a fresh coat of the existing color if you already like what is there.

Next, you will want to decide upon the type of furniture that you will include in the entryway. This depends a great deal on the size of the space, as well as your style and your budget. Useful pieces to include in foyer decorating are a chair or bench where you can sit down to put on your shoes or boots, a table upon which you can add an attractive accessory or simply a place to leave your keys and the mail, a lamp, or a small chest of drawers for additional storage.

Once you have the overall layout and color scheme of the room laid out, you can start to look at the smaller touches. These can include window treatments, rugs for the floor, nonskid mats, and some tasteful accessories such as a painting, wall hanging, or other interesting and attractive decoration.

To make your foyer decorating project come together, start off with a plan so that you can form a clear and effective mental image of how the finished foyer decorating will look. This will help to keep you on track so that even when the work is only half complete, you will still understand how each part will contribute to the final product.

Don’t forget to consider lighting. Depending on the height of the ceiling, you might be able to hang a light from there. Otherwise, wall lighting or a nice floor lamp can make sure that the entry areas are well lit and tasteful at the same time.

Don’t forget that this will be the area where people will be removing shoes, coats, jackets, and other outdoor clothing. To keep the functional aspect of the foyer decorating, make sure to provide a designated place for shoes such as a mat, tray, or rack. If the coat closet is not right in the entryway, you may consider attractive wall hooks or a coat rack to perform that task.

The Big Question for YOU!
What's the biggest challenge you're facing when it comes to decorating your foyer? And if your foyer is already nicely decorated, tell us the key that makes it pop.

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Privacy
by: Jimmy

I like for our foyer to be well lit and also offer privacy to the rest of the house. We have ours set up so it is sort of a holding tank for guests we might not want to let in our personal space.

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Foyer decorating - Too cluttered
by: Maureen

I have seen a lot of foyers too cluttered and far too fussy. For me, a nice colour and lots of space is best so the furniture has to be sparse and tasteful.I think I have managed this in our house.

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Must be roomy
by: Daria

I've always felt that foyers need to be spacious enough for a couple of people to comfortably take off coats, shoes, etc. I love the idea of having a bench in the foyer to have a place to sit to put shoes on and just get generally organized before heading out.

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Great foyer decorating tips!
by: AmberT

You know I hate our foyer... it's an eyesore and I am looking to change it. It is a catch-all for everything. The kids drop their book bags in the foyer, it's dusty and cluttered. Thanks for the foyer decorating tips!

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Clear the clutter
by: Ginny

I don't like clutter anywhere but especially in the entrance to my home. I think the advice on keeping the foyer tidy is the key to both a successful first impression and an organised life. A small cabinet or rack for shoes makes such a difference too.

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Good ideas.
by: Syd62

Yes, these are some good foyer decorating ideas which should be obvious, but you don't always see them in people's foyers. Ours is a bit too small to hold anything except the hooks on the wall for coats, but we have painted it a nice bright colour.

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My foyer solution
by: Momof12

I have a long narrow foyer. I didn't know what kind of foyer decorating to do with the walls so I made a photo collage by framing our family photos in matching frames. It has become the focal point whenever someone new enters our home. No one even notices the narrow foyer now.


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Love it!
by: Randa Keeton

I love this article on foyer decorating and it is entirely true you get your first impression when you enter the door. If the foyer is messy then you don't even get a feel for the rest of the house because this is the first thing you've seen and the impression sticks. Thanks for the reminder and I'm going now to see what my foyer looks like! LOL

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Primitive Decorating of Foyer
by: Anonymous

I love the article! I have found that most homes I have entered that have the Foyer decorated in primitive style are more comfortable for me. I love the feel of the style and the memories it brings back. To this end, I have decorated accordingly and love it! I recommend it for it's down home, folksy feel and look. Thanks!

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