Foyers, lobbies, waiting rooms, entryways, reception rooms – these transitional spaces, which can often be high traffic areas, are so commonly overlooked when it comes to design. But the entry is responsible for making your home’s first impression, and we all know that first impressions are everything.
So what makes a foyer fabulous? Is it lighting and furnishings? Colours and materials? I believe is it is the injection of personal style coupled with functionality of space that achieves this; no two foyers are the same, and to create the best space for your home, you must adapt to the footprint you are given. The finest entries come in a variety of shapes and sizes; some are grand and opulent, some are tiny and crowded, and some are narrow and awkward. But it’s important to remember that the greatest foyers should not only make a strong statement but also set the scene for the home beyond.
Paneling narrow walls can add visual interest; details like this work especially
well in slim entries where furniture is not always an option.
Mirrors can create the illusion of a larger space and also catch
light, which helps to brighten a somber entry.
Adding architectural details like a screen or divider not only separates
the foyer from the home but also defines the space visually.
Defining the entry with a distinctive floor material identifies the
space as a foyer and distinguishes it from the other rooms.
Create bold statement walls with vibrant colors or daring graphics.
Use wallpaper to identify the space and
separate it from the rest of the house.
Layering your look with a mix of materials, colors, objects,
and textures can create a feast for the eyes.
Display a collection of artwork to create a gallery feel in a narrow
space or hang an expressive canvas to make an impact.
There are endless ways to define your entry space; the addition of architectural details, the layering of materials, the installation of striking art or the increase of natural light can transform the foyer from an intermediary space into one in which you may just want to linger.