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Front Foyer Ideas

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makinahome

We are building a brand new home and have hit a 'difference of opinion' for our front foyer.  The option exists for 2 large 7 foot closets in the front foyer or 1 closet and an empty space for a sidetable and mirror.  (The space is roughly 16 feet by 8 feet.) My original thought was to go with the 2 closets and use mirrored sliding doors to brighten, lighten and have a last look before exiting the house.  My other half would like regular white closet doors but I feel they will open up too far into the room and simply be a nuisance.  I also don't like the thought of 14 feet of white door (with a 30 inch mirror in between the two doors) lining the front hall.  If he is stuck on the white doors than I think I closet with a nook for a sidetable and mirror is the better option.  I have been looking online for inspiration and haven't found anything for a 'regular' house.  There are many beautiful entrances for huge houses.  Any thoughts for a fantastic front foyer?  Thanks.

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spersaud's picture
spersaud

Hi, makinahome! It's hard to tell without photos, but do you have space for a wardrobe in place of the usual closet? I love how it looked in this year's showhome:

photo: http://houseandhome.com/design/photo-gallery-2011-princess-margaret-show...

video: http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/2011-princess-margaret-showhome-entryway

Do you have any photos of the space?

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dytecture

Hi makinahome,Instead of mirrrored doors, you might consider some frosted glass sliding doors which could be quite contemporary but not overpowering the wall of closets. ImageImageImageImage

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gmcauley

Hello makinahome,

Great ideas on both sides! I have to agree that mirrored closet doors that slide into each other would be my choice - mirrors make a room look larger and less cramped (especially an entryway), and you can hide all your clutter within the two closets. If you have kids, however, mirrors are more upkeep with all those fingerprints.

I also like the idea of a console table, though, an easy spot to throw keys and mail when you come in the door. Do you have a nice lamp and art you've been storing away to display? If so, this could be the perfect spot. If you don't have anything in mind for the console table, I say go with the mirrored closets.

Good luck!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at hhmedia.com)

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