I love to answer reader emails especially when there’s a takeaway for others. Today’s comes from Kari: “Hey Kate, we have a new single story house with a blank wall in the entry and I’d like it to be functional and welcoming but really nice looking too. Do you have any ideas on where to start?”
Sure do Kari! The entry is an opportunity to make a first impression so embrace it, but also make sure it works for you. There are a few no fail formulas for styling a fabulous foyer, here are some to consider.
The first is the console table + statement mirror combination. Most console tables are shallow so they will take up less square footage in an entry. They also provide a horizontal surface to place keys and mail and what we all really want: a pretty vignette.
Don’t be afraid to mix styles or get creative – a python table paired with a Venetian mirror? Hey why not if you love it!
A cabinet + mirror console works just as well since it provides a level surface above and storage below. New is fine but also consider versions with character from second hand to flea market or antique finds.
But back to consoles! (I’m a fan) With an open leg version you can squeeze extra ottomans underneath for storage or extra seating when people visit. And instead of a mirror, how about artwork or favorite photographs in larger scale? They’re just as lovely.
Short on space? No worries, even the narrowest of entries can benefit from a small table like a demilune.
A bench is a substitute piece for a console table, what you sacrifice in tabletop space you gain in the convenience of a place to sit and remove shoes or set down groceries.
Finally remember, the foyer is also an opportunity to use wallpaper or stenciling or wainscoting to set the tone or make a statement. Aren’t these divine?
I hope these ideas help Kari and others! Find more inspirational images of foyers in this Entries & Staircases collection on Pinterest and don’t miss the Better Homes & Gardens gallery dedicated entirely to entries.
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