We love foyers that are filled with color and personalized accents. Your foyer is not just a welcoming transition into your home; with a little planning, you can give guests a preview of what’s inside. Even if your home doesn’t have a dedicated foyer, you can still create a designated space near your front door that is both beautiful and functional.
If you use your side or back door more often, your foyer becomes a mudroom. Despite the name, this can be every bit as attractive as a traditional foyer — in fact, borrowing from the most useful features of a mudroom makes any foyer an essential space in your home.
Basic must-haves for a stylish (and functional) foyer
No matter where you situate your foyer, there are a few necessary items to install:
- An attractive front door
- A chair or bench to remove shoes
- A surface for setting down keys
- Hooks or a closet for jackets and bags
- Good lighting
- A foyer color palette
You should review your foyer needs before jumping into decorating. Make a wish list of what you’d like in your foyer and what is currently missing. For such an important space, function comes before design. If you walk in the front door every day and set down your keys and mail on a kitchen table, you’ll want to add a shelf or small table. If there is consistently a pile of coats and shoes on the floor, then it’s time to consider mudroom essentials like hooks and baskets.
Once you identify what changes you may need to make to your foyer design, it’s time to focus on color and decor. Here are some of our favorite ways to add color and style to your foyer.
Create a foyer color palette
The good news about your foyer color palette is that it doesn’t have to be exactly the same as your living room. Like powder rooms, guests expect the foyer to be a little more over-the-top when it comes to color and design. Your color palette should include a color or two from your living room to tie everything together, but it’s okay to bring in additional colors that you love. If you do stick with living room colors, go a shade (or two) lighter or darker to get a more customized look.
Try a colorful foyer accent wall
Your foyer layout may not be right for a new all-over paint color. In that case, consider an accent wall to freshen things up. Your accent wall works best as a focal point when walking into the foyer. It’s also the spot for a mirror or artwork, plus a small table for accessories and mail. Even your ceiling can become an accent wall for a custom look.
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