Just a peek into a house can reveal some closely guarded secrets. If the eye is the window to the soul, then the house is the window to the person's personality. The way you present your house to others, especially the main entrance, will define your personality while sending across the right message to the people around you.
Decorating with Furniture
Foyer areas tend to appear stuffy and congested owing to the lack of natural light streaming in through windows as well as the lack of broad, open spaces that the other rooms of the house have. Given here are a few ideas that will help you decorate your foyer and make it welcoming for guests. Besides, with these ideas, you can make optimum use of the space to store your everyday requirements like sunglasses, keys, umbrellas, and those little things you tend to forget on your way out of the house.
Foyer Furniture Ideas
Placing old cabinets, or a chest of drawers that is no longer being used, is a viable option to decorate the foyer. You can use it to neatly stack your gloves, scarves, keys and other essential goods that you tend to forget while stepping out of the house in a jiffy. You can revamp the look of your cabinet by giving it a fresh coat of varnish or paint, or else, simply coat it with a sheet of wood laminates. If you decide to build a cabinet, then go in for the cabinets with a granite top; it will lend the foyer a stylish yet elegant look. Team it up with a strategically placed mirror and a few lamps; and there you have a neat and tidy foyer.
Mirror, mirror on the wall! This is for those obsessed with mirrors and more mirrors, and some cabinets. A wall-to-floor sliding mirror can easily camouflage a storage space behind it. You can stack away your umbrellas, jackets, coats and whatever that is worth stacking behind this sleek yet stylish piece of furniture. Another reason why you should opt for a sliding mirrored cabinet is that the mirror will reflect the light, thus, making the foyer area appear roomy; besides, you can have that extra peek at yourself just before leaving the house.
Another good option for effective space utilization is having wall-mounted shelves. The shelves are ideal to hold items like the daily mail, keys, or even your sunglasses. Experiment with the design here, as you can start from the floor level and go as high as you want your shelves to be. You could probably try the step design, which will allow you to stack your footwear in the lower rungs while the upper rungs can hold lighter items or even show items.
The good old table comes in very handy here. Old tables covered with a nice lace cloth can hide just about anything that you want. If this does not suit your style, then go in for console tables; these stylish yet useful tables can hoist your accessories as well as serve as a nice platform to place vases or decoration items. For those of you who prefer antique tables, go in for the console tables that have the appearance of having been passed down from your ancestors. Team the console table with a good wall painting.
Rods and Racks
Racks, rods and hooks can be used in an effective way to hang those coats, purses and bags or even umbrellas. If your house lacks space, this is the best option for you to consider. The only problem with open racks, rods and hooks is that it looks a tad messy as compared to the other storage options.
Placing a bench or settee in the foyer area is a good idea, especially when it involves putting on shoes. The bench can conveniently hide shoes and other footwear beneath it, and if it comes with a storage drawer, then it is all the more a good option to store other objects. Placing a couple of chairs and a table also helps to keep books and your handbag.
Apart from these storage and seating ideas, you can breathe life into the foyer area with some creative foyer lighting; and yes, do not forget mirrors! Make use of many of them as it will make your foyer appear spacious. You can even paint the wall in bright colors to make it more warm and welcoming.