Monday, November 18, 2013
Whether you have spacious or compact home, the foyer is the first area that people see when they walk into your home. Some small houses may not have a dedicated foyer, but only an entryway or a small hallway leading to other areas of the home. Regardless of the space available, there are ways to make your foyer or entryway’s design and functionality serve you and your visitors better.
For homes with ample space for a fully fledged foyer, certain furniture pieces are necessary to deliver on its function.
For bigger homes, the foyer becomes sort of like an anteroom to the entire house, because truth be told, we don’t want everyone who visits our house to be ushered right into our living rooms. This may apply to the pizza delivery guy or the messenger. It is best to have some seating options for these instances, but the kind of chair or seat will depend largely on your foyer’s layout and size. Benches and accent chairs in smaller proportions are good choices for seats, since people will not be lounging for a long time in them.
Another necessary addition is either an occasional table or a console table. Large houses typically have square rooms for foyers, with the stairs on the side. A round occasional table is ideal for this layout. For smaller houses though, the layout is usually a hallway with just enough room for a console table flushed against a wall.
Lighting and Accessories
The best option for a square room with an occasional table setup in the middle, is to have pendant lights hung directly above the table. Just choose a style that best suits the design of your foyer and, a vase of fresh flowers on the table will add that finishing touch.
If your layout is that of a narrow hallway with a console table, it is important to have a focal point. A painting or a wall mirror may be hung on the wall, centering on your console table.
If you want a balanced layout, go for wall sconces placed on either side of the painting or mirror. For an asymmetrical style, you may opt for pendant lights hung on one side, but be sure to balance the composition by adding height with your accessories. A tall vase on a console table, for instance, will complete the look.
With these simple tips in mind, you could create a beautiful and functional foyer, but keep an open mind and explore various styles and quirky arrangements that reflect your personality. After all, the foyer is also an introduction to your personal space. - Aislinn Kee.