How to Decorate a Foyer

An organized and decorative entryway can make guests feel welcome in your home and also gives you a space to store jackets and other outdoor wear. Design the foyer so that it looks lovely while offering guests and family members of spot to hang their coats and take off their muddy shoes. You can learn how to decorate a foyer in a way that suits your personality and meets the needs of your family.


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    Design the foyer so that it matches the rest of your house.
    • Choose accessories and furniture that coordinate with your adjacent rooms. For example, if you have Victorian furniture in the living room, place a Victorian table in the foyer.
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    Paint the walls of the foyer a welcoming color.
    • Use a lighter paint color to brighten up a foyer that doesn't get much light. To make the foyer seem warm, use a color with hints of red in it.
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    Decorate the foyer with organization and storage in mind.
    • Find furniture that does acts as storage. For example, a storage bench provides a place to sit while you and others remove shoes and coats. It can also keep umbrellas, hats, and gloves out of sight.
    • Set a small table by the doorway for incoming and outgoing mail. You can also place newspapers or your children's important school paperwork on it. Use a table with a small drawer, so you can stash pens and stamps away.
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    Use decorative coat hooks to decorate the foyer and give people a spot to stash their jackets.
    • Instead of attaching coat hooks to the wall, invest in a coat tree that matches the rest of your decorative entryway. Choose a stainless steel coat tree in a modern foyer or a dark stained wooden one in a Victorian home.
    • Enliven the foyer with a small houseplant or vase of flowers on the table. If your entryway is large enough, put a potted tree or large houseplant in a corner on the floor to add some greenery to the space.
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    Hang a mirror on the wall above the small table or storage bench. The mirror will make a small decorative entryway look larger while giving you a chance to check over your appearance before heading out.
    • Hang 2 mirrors on opposite walls to decorate the foyer if it is less than 8 feet (2.44 m) wide. The 2 mirrors will reflect into each other and widen the room.
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    Protect and decorate the foyer by adding a throw rug, which will keep your carpets or hardwood floors clean.
    • Choose a rug in a dark color or intricate pattern to reduce the appearance of dirt.
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    Hang a low-hanging chandelier from the ceiling of a tall foyer to make the space seem vast and expansive.
    • Make sure the overhead light matches the decorative theme of the foyer. A beaded, glass chandelier is fitting for a Victorian style home while a simple globe light will work in a modern setting.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Storage bench
  • Small table
  • Coat hooks or coat tree
  • Mirror
  • Houseplants
  • Flowers
  • Rug
  • Overhead light

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Categories: Home Decorating