First Impressions: The Importance Of Good Entrance Foyer Design

February 22, 2018

The entrance to your home tells visitors and guests a lot about who you are and what is important to you. The foyer should be welcoming and warm, but also functional. The most important things that every foyer needs to have are seating, storage, and a way to corral shoes, bags, and keys. Even if you and your family usually enter through the mudroom you need to have a place for guests to sit down and put on their boots or shoes and a stylish way to store shoes, coats, and bags. But there are lots of ways that you can create a stylish foyer that has some serious dramatic impact and also delivers the functionality that will make you and your guests comfortable.

Bold Walls

The foyer is a place where you can make a big design statement, so do not hold back. A fantastic way to create a rustic accent wall in the foyer is to use steel log siding on one large wall. Steel log siding is very durable and easy to clean, but has a huge visual impact. It looks like beautiful natural wood, however is resistant to insects and pests and will not warp, crack, or mold. A wood accent wall is very much on trend and gives the foyer a lot of warmth and drama. If you have a large open foyer a wood accent wall will make the foyer seem more cozy and personable. And if you have a small foyer a wood accent wall is a good way to bring a natural open feel to the space.

Another great way to create a bold accent wall in the foyer area is to use natural bamboo panels. Bamboo panels provide a fantastic balance of indoor and outdoor elements in the foyer. And if your foyer lacks a closet or a contained space to put all those coats and other items you can hang bamboo panels to create a small closet or a space where coats, shoes, and bags can be hung up out of sight to keep the entryway free from clutter. If you want to create a harmonious and peaceful neutral foyer bamboo panels are a fantastic way to do that.

But not everyone wants clean and minimal design in the foyer. If you prefer a more farmhouse style look or if you have a big family and need something that’s more functional than decorative you cannot go wrong adding beautiful pieces of furniture to the foyer area. An Amish handmade hutch will be a beautiful focal point in the foyer that will also be very functional. There is so much storage in a hutch that you will be able to store shoes, coats, sports equipment, and other items, as well as creating a space to drop the mail and your keys when you come in the door. A rustic bench with storage baskets underneath will complete the farmhouse look and give people a place to sit down and put on shoes as coats as well as extra storage for boots, hats, mittens, and other items.

Bold Floors

If you want to really turn up the drama in the foyer bold flooring is a smart way to do that. You can even splurge on more expensive flooring for the foyer because you will not need a lot of it to make an impact. Bright patterned tiles that are easy to clean are a good way to make a statement with your flooring in the foyer. Although, if you prefer a more classic look engineered hardwood flooring is a great choice. Engineered hardwood flooring comes in several different natural wood colors, so you can pick one that complements the flooring in the rest of the house. It has the same gorgeous sleek look as hardwood flooring, but the engineered hardwood stands up better to moisture. That makes it perfect to use the foyer where people will be walking in with muddy or wet shoes. It is also relatively easy to take care of, thus that it will look great for years even though it is in a high-traffic area of the home.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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