What's the first thing a guest sees upon entering your home? Assuming they entered through the front door - which most do - it's the foyer. Also known as the "entryway" this is the area found directly inside a home, usually near the front door. And because it's the first thing that guests see when entering, it's important that homeowners invest the necessary time and resources into decorating it.
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when attempting to decorate the foyer is blocking the flow of traffic with furniture or furnishings. There's nothing wrong with adding a console table and chair to your foyer, but you have to keep function in mind. In other words, the foyer shouldn't restrict the normal flow of traffic. If guests are forced to walk around the foyer due to cluttered furniture or furnishings, then it's probably time to re-evaluate the design.
Follow Your Home's Existing Decor
When decorating your foyer, try to maintain a sense of cohesion with the rest of your home. If the surrounding environment (e.g. living room, dining room, hallways) are decorated with a modern taupe color, then it's a good idea to follow this same style with your foyer. You wouldn't want to decorate the foyer in a completely different color/style as the rest of your home, so keep this in mind when.
Less is More
A good rule of thumb to follow when decorating the foyer is to follow the "less is more" mantra. Stuffing an excessive number of furniture and furnishings into the foyer for the sake of doing so is a recipe for disaster. Foyers are typically small and subtle, and as such, they should contain just a few elements. This otherwise simple tip will go a long ways in creating an attractive, functional foyer that compliments the rest of your home.
Add the Right Accessories
Of course, you should still accessorize your foyer with the right items. So, what accessories work well in the foyer? It really depends on what you are hoping to achieve, but some ideas to consider include console tables, chairs, lamps, potted plants, wall mirrors, and even cuckoo clocks.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when decorating your home's foyer. Above all else, though, remember to follow a sense of cohesion throughout your decorating efforts. Consider the surrounding colors, styles and furnishings, blending them into your foyer with the appropriate elements.