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Creating the Perfect Entryway Foyer

By Steven Bertoni | December 28, 2021

The foyer is an area of your living space that often gets overlooked or left for last when you’re styling your home. This is a huge styling mistake, because the foyer is the first glimpse (and sometimes the only glimpse) of your interior design that a guest will see. 

Even if your home doesn’t have a traditional foyer, you can likely outfit the entry space of your home with pieces that create the illusion of a separate and dedicated space, but be careful—it’s easy to overdo it. Keeping a minimalistic design is crucial for this small space. 

The design team at Modloft is passionate about making your home as functional, beautiful, and highly styled as possible. We’re your go-to source for contemporary pieces that add beauty and purpose to your space. 

We’ll cover what foyers are, including the purposes they serve, give you some styling tips, and help you learn how to create the perfect entryway foyer that works for your guests and family. 

Foyers 101

It’s the class you never knew you needed, but we promise, if you learn a little more about the function and purpose of your foyer, designing it will be even easier. 

How it Started

Foyers began as large gathering rooms outside of the main theatre in concert and opera houses. These foyers served two purposes:

  1. Foyers allowed friends and guests to greet cast members and singers after a show and congratulate them on a job well done.
  2. Foyers provided a smaller space for patrons to warm up before and after the show in times when central heating did not exist. 

Grand foyers in places like the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles are beautiful areas that have been preserved for generations. 

Foyers began transitioning to homes, but only to the most luxurious estates. Foyers were generally two stories and included a double staircase. Think along the lines of Tara or Twelve Oaks in Gone With the Wind. 

While you can definitely still find these grand foyer entrances in some homes (even smaller ones), the traditional foyer today is much smaller and more functional than elegant. 

How It’s Going

The foyers we find in homes today are more modest, usually one story or two stories, but taking up less space in the overall footprint of the home. Foyers are more purposeful and used less for the congregation of guests. 

However, there is still a definite appeal to having a useful space to greet guests and welcome them into your home. For some, there’s just no substitute for the beauty and sophistication that a foyer adds to your living space. 

What is the Purpose of a Foyer?

Many potential homebuyers have asked this question. It can seem like a foyer is a giant waste of space if you aren’t familiar with the value of having one. 

Obviously, your guests aren’t planning on mingling in your foyer for their entire visit, so aside from being a space you simply pass through, why does it matter whether your home has a foyer or not? Here are three reasons why foyers are important and add value to your home.

  1. They’re transitional. Our homes are our havens, and our escape from work, school, and social obligations. Our homes welcome us into peace and tranquility, where we know we can find rest.
    The foyer of your homes allows for a smooth transition between the outside world and your home base. Whether you come across the threshold with sacks of groceries, books and bookbags, or a briefcase full of files, the foyer is the place where you can transition back into your comfort zone.
    A well-appointed foyer provides space for shoes, backpacks, purses, and can become a drop spot for items you are carrying indoors. Allowing the foyer to be a catchall for these items helps you shed some of your day before entering the deeper parts of your home.
    Your foyer also helps you transition back into the world. A mirror on the wall of your foyer helps you make sure your tie is straight, or you don’t have lipstick on your teeth. You can collect your bags from the spot where they hang, sit on a bench to put on your shoes, and collect yourself before you head out to work or school. 
  2. Foyers help you greet your guests. Welcoming guests into your home is much easier when you have a dedicated space for them to wipe their shoes, hang up jackets and scarves, place handbags, and settle into your home.
    Homes without foyer space can feel uncomfortable to enter into; a door that opens directly into a living room with a blaring television or family members stretched out on couches can seem a little uninviting.
  3. Foyers are the perfect place for keeping items that go in and out your front door. Handbags, briefcases, jackets and scarves, umbrellas, and hats all have a home in your foyer.
    Your keys, pocket items, and even electronic device charging stations can all be neatly stored in this space, making it easy for them to always be located when they’re needed. 

In the grand design of your home, the foyer can help you keep organized and offer a charming space where guests are welcomed and bid farewell. 

Creating the Perfect Entryway Foyer

Even if you don’t have a foyer, you can create a space in your home that serves as one. If you do have a foyer, you owe it to yourself to make it work for you and your family. You can create a simple, sophisticated, and functional foyer with just a few tips and tricks. 

Anchor the Space

The foyer is a smaller space, so anchoring it usually only requires one to two small pieces of furniture. When selecting an anchor piece, keep in mind that your space needs to work for you. You’re going to want storage for items like keys, bags, shoes, etc., but you also want the look of your foyer to be minimalist and clean. 

A great option is the classic console table. A console table is a waist-high table that is typically rectangular and shallow in shape. It’s the perfect size for a foyer and can become the landing place for small pocket items, and even host larger items like bags and shoes in coordinating storage underneath. 

A console table creates the centerpiece of the room around which you can build the remainder of your foyer’s design and decor.

Add Texture

Foyers classically have tiled or wooden floors, normally because of the amount of  outdoor foot traffic they host. Add layers and texture to this space by using a rug. If your space isn’t large enough for an area rug, opt for a tasteful, textured entryway floor mat. 

This is not only functional (i.e., it helps keep dirt and grime out of the rest of your home), but it warms the foyer space and makes it more inviting. 

Opt for Organization

When it comes to wall space in your foyer, organization is key. The use of hooks or wall-mountable shelving is a great idea for keeping items like bags, keys, school notes, and materials in one spot so they’re always easily found. 

Add a Mirror

A mirror is essential for a well-appointed foyer. Mirrors create the illusion of space and make any room look larger than it is, which is beneficial in small foyers. 

Additionally, a mirror is a practical addition to a foyer. It provides you the ability to smooth your hair, check your appearance, and give yourself a once over before heading out the door. 

Consider a Bench

If you’ve got the space, a bench can be a great addition to a foyer. A bench in the foyer is a great stopping place for putting on shoes, making sure you’ve got everything packed in your bag that you will need for the day, and even receiving your bags when you return for the day. 

You can opt for a small bench if you are limited on space or utilize one that slides neatly under your console table and can be easily pulled out for use. 

The Takeaway

The foyer can become one of your favorite spaces in your home if you decorate it properly and keep it organized. Your foyer allows your guests to transition from the outside world into the safety of your home and gives them the first glimpse of the style and design of your entire space. 

Modloft offers the perfect tools to outfit your foyer so it can become a favored spot to pause after your day and prepare yourself before you leave for the next.

 

Sources:

Foyer | architecture | Britannica

Two-Story Foyer Less Common in 2018 | Eye On Housing

For Many, It's the Height of Elegance | NY Times