Creating a Formal Foyer

A formal foyer can create an inviting entrance into your home. A space that’s cramped or dated can use a makeover whether you’re planning to list your home on the market or simply want to renovate for your own pleasure. To create a more welcoming entrance to your home, consider these formal foyer ideas.

Add Space

If your home currently has a very small foyer or no foyer at all, you’ll want to create the illusion of more space. To do this, you’ll have to borrow a bit of space from the living room, but just consider that a functional foyer means less odds and ends (i.e. shoes, coats, mail) landing in your living room. You can create a more traditional foyer by adding a half-wall between your proposed foyer space and living area. If you don’t like the idea of a permanent wall, consider adding attractive screens to enclose your foyer.


One of the defining features a formal foyer is the floor. If marble isn’t on the supply menu, consider high-grade tiles that complement the architectural era of your home. Hardwood and bamboo are also pleasing flooring options that can maintain their good looks while still holding up to daily foot traffic. While you could add a traditional rug to your foyer, it may not hold up well in a busy household. Consider adding a painted rug design to flooring as a chic contemporary twist.


When renovating your foyer, you’ll need to consider lighting. If the ceiling is high, opt for a chandelier in a style that suits your décor. If crystal isn’t your cup of tea, look for an industrial or modern option that complements the space’s aesthetic. If your ceiling isn’t high enough to a grand hanging fixture, consider wall sconces or a flush-mount fixture crafted with art glass.


Even in a formal foyer, you’ll want to include some storage area for guests’ coats and jackets. If your current closet space is cramped, consider enlarging it to create a custom coat closet. You can also create a custom built-in to serve as a focal point for your foyer. In addition, a pair of matching benches with hidden storage can do double duty by offerings seating as well as a place to stow magazines or accessories.


Everyone needs a place to set down their keys or handbag when they enter your home. A foyer table is the ideal place for just that purpose. Depending on the size of the space, you might opt for a console table place against a wall or a centerpiece table that doubles as an attractive display for flowers or a collectible vase. You might also want to include a matching chair or two so that guests can have a seat as they wait for other guests.

As you plan your foyer’s makeover, keep these tips in mind. They can help you create a grand entrance into your home. Whether you opt for a traditional or more eclectic look, a formal entrance helps keep your living space separate–and more relaxed for yourself and guests. Contact us to learn how we can help you renovate your home’s entrance.

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