Foyers are unique rooms because they are pretty much the only room that everyone who visits your house will see. When designing our foyer, I wanted company to feel relaxed and welcomed as soon as they walked in. In a way foyers set the tone for the rest of the house. We have a large custom oversize door that lets a good amount of light in, but there aren’t any other windows so it had to be bright with good lighting. So to do this I included a combination of a large pendant light and pot lighting so we can get the right brightness regardless of time of day.
Next I focused on the ‘bones’ of the room and started the millwork that is also seen through much of the main floor and up the staircase to the top floor. The millwork adds so much detail to the room and is a nice detail that isn’t all that expensive. The millwork could have been added later but for us it made sense to put it in right away.
Of course, seating is a must for taking shoes on and off but because its so inviting sometimes I just hang out for a bit and from time to time I catch the kids lounging on their phones!
I found a great console table that ties the marble finishes from other parts of the home and helped anchor the room from the oversize art print on the opposite wall. The console table also provides a great spot to easily drop your keys or mail. Adding a mirror and simple décor ties it all together.
With the amount of traffic through this area, I used a durable area rug that I won’t mind if any dirt gets on it. Like every room there is always little adjustments and tweaks but I’m happy with how it turned out as it’s inviting yet functional.