A Decorator's Guide To Designing The Perfect Foyer

Create a Warm Welcome with These Foyer Decorating Ideas

The entryway or foyer is one of the most important areas to decorate in any home. Part of the reason is that, no matter what size home you have, it's virtually guaranteed that you have some sort of entryway that ushers you, your family and your guests from the outside in. Whether it's a grand foyer or a small door that opens directly into a studio apartment, if you've got a door you've got an entryway.

The other thing that makes foyers so important is that they are always the first space you experience as you come into your space. So the decor, tone and mood of your entryway should not only connect with those same attributes in the rest of your decor, but with your own mood as well. However you choose to decorate, the fact remains that entryways, or foyers - whichever you prefer - come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes they can be difficult to decorate. And whatever form of decor you need to ensure that your entryway makes you smile, relax or get excited the moment you walk through the door, it's important that it be warm, welcoming, and functional. 

Check out the following articles for tips and suggestions for foyer decorating and learn how to create a warm welcome for you and your guests.

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    How to Decorate a Foyer

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    Your foyer is the introduction to your home. Make sure it's functional and reflects your style. flickr.com/sonjalovas

    Whether you've got a giant entryway with plenty of room to spare, or a door that leads directly into a tiny studio apartment there are a few things your front entryway should have. When decorating a foyer remember to include these essential items.

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    Entryway Storage Ideas

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    Coat hooks are a great solution for a disorganized entryway. flickr.com/butkaj.com

    Even though it's a place in the home that desperately needs it, it seems as though most homes rarely have enough entryway storage. Even those that have coat closets can often still use more. So if your foyer is lacking in storage check out these ideas for creating an efficient and organized entryway.

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    Entryway Flooring Ideas

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    A small area rug or doormat is practical and can help define the space. flor.com

    There are a few things to consider when considering flooring ideas for the entryway. You have to keep in mind that it's the fist glimpse people get of your interior and thus should set the tone for the rest of your home, but also it's a high-traffic area that sees a lot of comings and goings. It needs to be able to stand up to some abuse.

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    Hanging a Foyer Chandelier

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    A foyer chandelier hung at the right height. flickr.com/Chad Jones

    A foyer chandelier is a great way to light up an entryway, but many people don't know the right height for hanging one. So here it is.

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    Holiday Decorating Ideas for Foyers

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    Cranberries displayed in cylinder vases are a simple and elegant holiday decoration. flickr.com/Heliotrop3

    Since the entryway is the first area of your home that people see it's important to make it attractive and welcoming. During the Christmas season that means adding a few decorations without adding clutter.