8 Essentials Every Foyer Needs
Your foyer gives guests their first impression of your home and your interior design style, and it’s also where you begin and end your day out in the world. That’s why it’s important to make it a space that’s not only functional and efficient, but also beautiful and inspiring. We rounded up eight crucial essentials that do the trick. Depending on the size of your home, you may not have room for all of them, but we promise that even adding a few will enhance your foyer so it’s a happy and helpful space.
Shoes, umbrellas, bags, and sports gear have a tendency to wind up piled by the front door, so use a basket as a place to corral them all. If you live in a town where it often rains, add an umbrella stand as well.
A table is a foyer essential. You’ll use yours as a place to stash mail, bags, and packages. It also provides a surface to accessorize and place table lamps (also essential). If you don’t have room for a table, install a narrow shelf instead.
Now here’s the fun part: styling! Decorative accents like vases, sculptures, and vintage accessories add flair to your entryway, and instantly give your guests a sense of your personal style. Integrate one or two pieces, but don’t overdo it.
The moment you and your guests step through the door, you should feel welcomed and inspired. There’s no easier way to do that than with beautiful artwork that speaks to your own tastes and personality. Thankfully, no how matter petite our homes, we all have room for artwork on our walls!
For that last-minute hair and makeup check, install a mirror in your entryway. It may actually make you later than you already are when running out the door, but hey, at least you’ll look your most presentable on arrival!
If you have the space for it, a place to sit down and untie your shoes (or wait for your partners in travel) can add purpose to your foyer. Bring in comfortable seating, such as a long bench, narrow side chair, or a pair of ottomans slipped under your console table.
What would we do without a catch-all for our keys? Use a small bowl or tray to store those small, important items that are easily misplaced.
Lighting’s also important in your foyer, as it helps you see where you’re going when you walk into a dark house. We prefer bulbs with a soft glow to make the transition easy. Lighting is also one of the simplest ways to make a style statement, so choose a pendant light or a pair of table lamps that echo your aesthetic and set the vibe.