Creating a Welcoming Entryway
First impressions are lasting ones, good or bad, and your foyer gives your guests a taste of what the rest of your home has in store. I spent the weekend doing some rearranging in my own home and the foyer was one of the areas I tackled. Fall is a perfect time of year for a foyer fix up. It’s time to pack up the flip flops and sun hats and do a seasonal switch to boots and berets. Whether you have a super narrow hallway or an oddly undefined area, foyers can be tricky spaces to decorate. A few key elements I like to use in a foyer are good lighting, seating if space allows, a surface to set things down and a bowl for keys, sunglasses, outgoing mail etc.
In many homes, the entryway is a dumping ground for shoes, bills, backpacks and sports equipment. With the large amount of clutter that quickly accumulates in the space, some entryways may be less than appealing. Fortunately, a few tips can help you organize the area to make it a welcoming space that your guests will admire. Here are some of my favourite foyer ideas.
The trick to keeping this area organised is to go up. Use wall space to get everything off the floor. A basket for each child keeps shoes, mitts and hats in easy reach for finding and putting away. Wall mounted totes keep homework and projects close at hand and an erase board calendar keeps all appointments in clear view. A compact bench is a comfy spot to pack backpacks and remove shoes and a wall clock ensures everyone gets out the door on time.
You can never have too much storage in an entry way and this wall unit has ample. Hooks for each family member to hang coats, baskets to corral all the small stuff, spacious drawers that can be easily accessed and a spot to sit. You can get the same look with 2 bookcases and a bench in between or a low television unit. If the shelves aren’t attached remove one or two and add hooks. Baskets can be labelled so everyone has their own spot. Luggage labels work well for this, adhesive chalkboard labels or a picture of each child in an acrylic frame.
A foyer is a great place to express your personality and do something a little different. Add a splash of colour with a comfortable chair, hang a small gallery of favourite artwork and a small dresser will store scarves, gloves and purses. Add a small tray for keys so you always know where to find them. A rug will warm the space and give a blah foyer a little glam.
If you have always wanted to try a bold colour in your home the foyer is a good place to start, especially in a small space. A burst of colour on the walls can create a welcoming impression and make a statement. If using a bold colour such as red, temper with a liberal dose of white and keep accessories simple so the look is fresh and not overdone. A streamlined tray, lamp, a vase of fresh flowers and a large mirror. Perfection!