How to Decorate a Foyer

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Whether you have 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 a few essential items that help you make a statement.

Table or Shelf

Every foyer should have some sort of surface where you can toss your keys, the mail, loose change, or whatever else you pick up or drop off as you enter and exit your home.

A table or chest with storage is always a great idea if you have space, but if you do not, try installing a shelf or wall bracket. You can still get a surface area without sacrificing space.


You might want to take one last look of yourself before leaving the house, so it is always a good idea to include a mirror when decorating a foyer. A full-length mirror is great if it makes sense in your space, but otherwise hanging one over your table or shelf is perfect. Mirrors are also good because they open up space and reflect light. In a small entryway, a mirror can make the area appear and feel larger.


Many foyers will have a chandelier or overhead fixture, which is great, but it is always nice to also have another light source such as a sconce or a table lamp. If you come in from the dark, it is nice to be able to turn on a soft light without having to overwhelm your eyes with a bright light. Soft lighting can create a welcoming atmosphere for guests, too.

Carpet Runner or Large Door Mat

A runner or mat can be a welcoming sight due in part to its softness. It also helps define the space. However, do not get something so thick that the door cannot open and close easily over it. Choose something that can handle a lot of wear and tear and make sure it is good for high traffic areas.

Shoe Rack or Mat

It is nice to have a designated spot for people to put their shoes when they remove them. A shoe rack works well, but if you cannot find one that fits your space, use a mat that will define where shoes should go. Otherwise, shoes tend to get knocked around and end up all over the floor, blocking the door.

Additional Decorating Tips

The entryway sets the scene for your home. So when decorating a foyer put as much thought into it as you would any other room in the house. Think about style, functionality, color, and the mood you want to create.

Also, take a look at a few other considerations, like a place for coats, umbrellas, and more.

  • Coats and outerwear: If your foyer does not have a closet, add a coat rack or some wall hooks for hanging coats and bags. Make sure you have some sort of storage for hats, scarves, and other accessories. A chest of drawers, a bench with storage inside, or even a series of baskets can do the trick.
  • Umbrellas: An umbrella stand is a great idea if you have space and they can add a nice decorative element.
  • Keys: A designated spot for keys will keep you from losing or misplacing them—think about a hook or dish for this purpose.
  • Bench: A bench, stool, or chair is great for sitting down and putting on shoes. Even if you do not use it, it is a nice piece of furniture to have if elderly people come to visit.
  • Flowers: A vase of flowers is a wonderful touch. It is a lovely thing to see as soon as you walk in the door.