The foyer is by definition an entrance hall in a public building such as a hotel or a theater but the term is often used to describe residential entrance halls as well. In this case, you might wonder what the difference is between a foyer and an entryway.
Well, there might be a difference in terms of overall ambiance between the two in the sense that a foyer is more open and welcoming in certain cases. Let’s see how you can achieve this effect in your own home.
Beautiful ways to decorate a foyer
Add a large mirror
A large mirrors can really open up a foyer. You can strategically position the mirror on the wall so it reflects the living area or the adjacent spaces. The mirror can actually be a grand and glamorous accessory for the foyer and an awesome focal point, as shown in this eclectic Paris apartment.
Introduce a console table
A console table is often a must-have but not all foyers have layouts and proportions able to accommodate it. Still, there are plenty of ways in which to improvise. For example, this London home has this big radiator in the foyer and a stylish marble shelf mounted on the wall, just above.
Make it cozy with a bench
A bench is a great feature for a foyer. It helps create a welcoming and comfortable ambiance and it also serves a practical role. Check out this stylish bench which perfectly complements this tall and open foyer.
Brighten it up with colors
If the foyer is small and narrow like this hallway, use light colors in order to maintain an open and bright decor and avoid large, bulky furniture pieces. This slender console table is a lovely choice. We also like the rug which puts an emphasis on the length of the foyer.
Decorate it with wallpaper
You can also make a foyer look welcoming and glamorous by putting an emphasis on the walls. Wallpaper can make that pretty easy. This is a very harmonious foyer. The lampshades match the wallpaper and the golden accents bring everything together in a very elegant way.
Adorn the walls
This is indeed closer to a foyer than to a typical entryway. The space is open and bright and it really looks and feels like a part of a cozy home, especially with that colorful area rug and the wall decorations.
Add mood lighting
Not all foyers are bright and open but that doesn’t mean they’re any less elegant and welcoming. In fact, the dark neutrals and mood lighting really make this space pop. We love how the light emphasizes the wooden floor and the grooves on the walls and doors.
Use finishes and materials that suit it
A small foyer can look super charming too. You should however avoid any large furniture pieces. Check out this clear acrylic console. It’s hardly noticeable. The colorful area rug is the real focal point of the space. Of course, the patterned wall decor shouldn’t be ignored since it too makes this foyer stand out.
Try a vibrant wall color
Foyers with staircases are pretty grand and usually offer plenty of flexibility in terms of interior design and decor strategies. A fresh and eye-catching wall color can really make the space pop and a comfortable bench can complete the decor in a very charming way. Some artwork and other decorations can also play important roles and the same can be said about the staircase railings and the front door.
Try a creative approach
Most foyers and entryways look similar to this space. They’re pretty small, somewhat narrow and not very bright. Still, if decorated and furnished in a sensible manner, they can look lovely and be functional at the same time. This of the foyer as a reflection of your style, a compact version of your entire home.
Put an emphasis on the ceiling
Most often it’s the walls that we focus on when decorating a space. The ceiling and the floor are however just as important. In fact, making the ceiling the focal point of the foyer can really make an impression.
Make an impression with stained glass windows
A beautiful and very elegant idea that is easy to fall in love with is using stained glass windows in interior design. They can add a lot of character to a simple and otherwise function-oriented space like the foyer.
Add a few display shelves
It’s wonderful how something as simple as a shelf can change the way a space looks and feels. Shelves are a perfect option if you want to make your entryway or foyer feel more inviting. Think of all the lovely things that you could display on them.
Blend looks with function
There’s no reason why a foyer can’t be both very practical and efficient in terms of storage and also very beautiful and inviting. There are lots of different ways to achieve this balance. One idea is to find an interesting design for something basic like the coat rack.
Bring nature into the décor
Nature is the best source of inspiration for just about everything. A beautiful vase filled with seasonal flowers or a potted plant can make a foyer look magnificent in an instant. This design strategy can be adapted to suit any style.
Turn an accent table into a focal point
It could also look very elegant if you were to find a central spot for a beautiful accent table, one that allows it to stand out and be eye-catching without being in the way. Perhaps a cocktail table could look nice here. If you don’t want the area to look too cluttered or small, consider a glass table.
Add mystery to the décor
Isn’t it beautiful the way in which this foyer draws one in and makes you absolutely want to see what’s around the corner? It has plenty of mystery and at the same time it’s very inviting. Such an effect can be achieved through color, proper lighting and of course a suitable layout.
Leave room for imagination
Sometimes the most lasting impressions are made by abstract things, those that allow you to use your imagination. Try using this strategy when decorating your foyer. Instead of decorating with framed pictures try something less personalized instead, like an empty frame or something else that leaves scope for the imagination.
A bohemian approach
Isn’t this foyer just marvelous? The curved bench and pillows give it such a cozy and inviting look and the straw hats used as decorations for the wall add a very bohemian and romantic touch to the décor. What a creative use of such simple and common accessories.
A bold piece of art
You can also make a foyer, or any other room for that matter, pop with a bold and eye-catching piece of art like a painting or a sculpture for example. An oversized painting with vibrant colors or interesting shapes would definitely stand out.