As we spend more time at home, we also have more time to analyze our living spaces and think about ways to do a quick refresh of certain rooms, including the entryway. Tracy Morris of Tracy Morris Design offers seven easy tips to make your foyer more inviting, plus links to some of her favorite finds to make a welcoming first impression.
Add a Rug
Adding a rug to the entryway not only provides softness, but also is extremely practical. Consider using an indoor/outdoor rug that is more durable and easy to clean. This favorite rug from Dash and Albert comes in different colors and is even bleach cleanable.
Take a Seat
Even if the foyer is small, incorporating a chair, bench or small pouf is an essential. It gives you and guests a spot to sit while taking shoes off or putting them on, as well as somewhere to put a purse so it’s not on the floor. It will go a long way in making your entry more comfortable. We love this bench for its simple, yet interesting shape and because it’s narrow, the bench won’t impede on the entry area.
Be Consistent with Color
My go-to paint colors to use throughout a home are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey HC-173, Ballet White OC-9, and Manchester Tan HC-81. Keeping the same wall color on the main level makes the spaces flow together nicely. If you want to add impact and space allows, consider a wallpapered accent wall in the foyer. Try this wallpaper pattern for the foyer.
Light the Way
Create a distinguished entryway with beautiful lighting, either an overhead light or a table lamp or both! Take a look at this table lamp that will make the foyer bright and inviting.
Select a Console Table
It’s essential to have a place to put your keys and everyday items when you walk in the house so you know where they are before you head out again. The console table should fit snuggly against the entry wall and could even provide a pop of color or texture to the space. We love this one.
Hang a Mirror
A mirror is great piece to have in an entry; it gives you one last chance before you leave the house to make sure you’re all put together and ready for the day. This one, with a brass and bone detailed frame, will make your entry feel even more special.
Incorporate Your Personality
This is the first impression that people get when walking into your home and it should be a reflection of you. Pick a couple accessories, such as coffee table books, ceramics or framed photos or art you love and arrange them on your entry console or add the art to the walls. Be sure to keep it simple; too many pieces can become overwhelming or look disorganized. We like accessories from Arteriors Home or art found here.
Sherry Moeller is a contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.
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