Foyers are the first impression guests have of your home, so ideally it should be welcoming and reflect your style. But since they are also the transition point between the outside world and your personal space, they should also be functional (i.e. where do you put your coffee when your kid is crying about a missing boot, the dog is barking, and someone is at the front door?….yeah, me this morning). You don’t need a large space so long as you include a few basic elements:
- Mirror for last-chance-do-I-have-food-in-my-teeth checks
- Table/console/shelf to place keys, mail, coffee etc.
- Storage (hooks/closet/baskets)
- Rug or mat to ground the space and protect floors
- Ample lighting so it doesn’t feel like you’re entering a cave
- If you have the luxury of space, a bench or chair to put on and take off shoes (especially for the old folks)
Time to fess up: my entryway has been sorely neglected. After removing the winter runner last night I realized that it’s time to pay some attention to our (small!) foyer.
What you don’t see in this picture, is a mirror and set of hooks just inside the door. They are both awesome. Hooks at kid-level are great.
Long-term, I’d like to rip out that first doorway which acts as a bottleneck, tile the floor with slate (or slate look-alike) in a herringbone pattern (like this), and replace the hall closet door with a pocket door. Until we can afford this reno, I plan on painting the foyer and adding a few pieces (console table is first on the list!).
Here’s what is inspiring me now:
- Lighting // Alexa Hampton flush mount in natural brass - Visual Comfort
- Console // Echelon iron console table - Crate & Barrel (at 8″ deep this console is perfect for a narrow entry!)
- Rug // hand-knotted Royal Balouch wool runner - ECarpet Gallery
- Storage //modern weave basket - West Elm
- Hooks // brass hooks - Light + Ladder
- Mirror// Tork brass mirror – CB2
P.S. I’m Canadian and I say “foy-yay” not ”foy-er”. Whenever I hear the latter I kinda cringe. You?