Decorators know how to make an entrance. They can take a space that seems purely functional and transform it into a statement-making room. Instead of neglecting these utilitarian areas of our houses, let’s take a cue from some decorative entryways that leave a lasting impression.
For something formal and dramatic, take a look at this New York City foyer by Miles Redd. It has a dramatic chocolate and floral wall covering, a high-contrast chevron floor and tons of beautiful objets. But beyond the wow factor, there’s a good lesson in function: a narrow console table is a must (if you have room) and a mirror to check yourself on the way out is also handy. Plus, you can see how Redd disguised some less-than-appealing ductwork with an all-over pattern. Clever!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s this lovely farm-fresh number by Ruthie Sommers. Here, the decorator made a statement with one big element — colour. The floors are simple, the architecture is plain, but the fresh, sky-blue colour is what says, "Come on in, take it easy!" But function hasn't been sacrificed — sometimes a single decorative chair in a fun colour is all you need.
Somewhere in the middle of these two styles is this stunning foyer by Tom Scheerer. It has some drama mixed with simple, humble elements that blend oh-so-well. Now maybe your home doesn’t have a fireplace in the foyer (I know mine doesn’t!!) but you can always make up for it with a wallpaper that features an architectural motif like this Chinese fretwork. The sisal carpet is warm and inviting and the glossy dark front door adds a note of sophistication. My favourite element? Hands down, it’s that skirted table in a zippy persimmon fabric with contrasting piping. If you can squeeze even a baby version of this table into some corner in your foyer, you’ve got it made.
If you’re looking to go the extra decorative mile to spruce up your foyer, consider some of these staple elements inspired by the rooms above.
For a graphic, old-school pattern like Tom Scheerer’s, try Thibaut’s Bamboo Lattice wallpaper in a rainbow of colours.
For a dramatic console with exotic flair and rich colour like Miles Redd’s, try this well-proportioned option from Pier 1 Imports.
Don’t forget to add sparkle (and function!) with a beautiful mirror like this mirror-on-mirror example from West Elm.
And for a place to perch and tie up those shoes, check out these timeless chairs from Crate & Barrel.
For more entryway inspiration, see our Foyers & Entrances photo gallery.
1. House Beautiful, photography by Thomas Loof
2. House Beautiful, photography by Don Freeman
3. Andalusia, PA home, Tom Scheerer
4a. Bamboo Lattice wallpaper in Black, T3132, Thibaut
4b. Bamboo Lattice wallpaper in Coral, T3134, Thibaut
4c. Bamboo Lattice wallpaper in Yellow, T3131, Thibaut
5. Kushak Console Table, Pier 1 Imports
6. Antique Tiled Mirror, West Elm
7a. Village Black Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
7b. Village Maremma White Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
8a. Blue & White Ginger Jar, Bombay & Co.
8b. Hexagon Ginger Jar With Lid, Ethan Allen