We all know about first impressions: they’re lasting, they’re important and they can reveal a lot about a person. But perhaps the most important thing about first impressions is that you don’t get a second chance to make a good one … so what’s your foyer saying about you?
A foyer is your home’s first impression, and how you’ve designed yours will give guests a lot of information about your décor and your personal style. Here are five items that will transform a basic foyer into a dramatic entryway.
An Element From Nature
The foyer serves as a “bridge” from your front yard to your home, so why not incorporate an element from nature that marries the two? You can use a plant, freestanding waterfall or slate flooring. Or bring home a piece of furniture with organic elements that will also do the trick, such as this beautiful wood console table with natural rope trim.
A Place To Hang Coats
If your foyer doesn’t have a large coat closet, a piece of furniture like a Hall Tree will go a long way in making guests feel welcome. It clearly provides a place to hang coats or hold bags. And it lets guests easily claim their items on the way out, so they don’t have to go searching throughout the house.
If your foyer has wall space, use it to set the tone for your home. Display favorite family photos in matching frames that provide a polished look. Or pick a bold piece of art that best represents your personal style. It will get the attention of anyone who comes to the door.
A Decorative Chest
A place to drop your keys, collect the mail, and tuck away hats and gloves is a great addition to a foyer, and a decorative chest or sideboard allows you to do all those things and make a design statement, too. Pick something that sets the tone for the design aesthetic of your home. Or dare to be bold and choose a brightly painted piece, like our indigo Fillion Accent Cabinet.
An Inviting Chair
Guests will know they’re welcome when you position a chair near your front door. This will invite them to sit and wait or remove boots. A chair also provides a convenient place to rest a package or coat. A slipper chair is a great choice because its sleek style won’t overpower your space.