Points to consider when designing your foyer:
- How much space is there?
- Do you have room for a chair, bench and/or table?
- Mirrors! It's your last opportunity to double check how you look before leaving the house.
- Is there a lot of natural light?
- If not, can you fit a table lamp?
- Do you still have the standard builder fixture? If so, it's time to replace it to something like a chandelier or a pendant. The bottom of the fixture should be 7 feet from the floor providing enough clearance for any of your really tall friends.
- Do you have closets?
- If not, should you invest in armoires?
- Would coat hooks along the wall be sufficient?
- Do you require more storage?
- baskets/bins for hats and scarves.
- shoe racks
- Set the mood
- Scent is one of the keys to providing a good first impression.
- Candles - light them before guests arrive.
- Fresh flowers - they look and smell good.
- Febreeze plug-ins also doe the trick. Just be sure to hide them behind something. They don't exactly look pretty.
- Architectural/Design Details
- Add crown mouldings, wainscoting, chair rails or paneling
- Paint - it will be a well used room so pick a durable paint. If you prefer lighter colours (like me) then make sure you can wipe the walls down when they get dirty.
- Wallpaper - if it's a small space then go bold. It might be your one opportunity to pick more expensive designer paper.
- Stencil - just another way to add character to a space. I love the look of stencilled walls in a long hallway.
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