8 Ways To Make Your Foyer Look Bigger And More Glamorous

8 Ways To Make Your Foyer Look Bigger And More Glamorous

Interior Design
By Mateos Glen Hayes January 28, 2022

As your main entryway, the foyer of a house is the first thing your guests will see. It is the portal to your very own space, to a private sanctuary made just for you. Alas, many homes tend to make the foyer as small as possible.

Plus, a good foyer hall is a convenient landing zone where you can put on your jacket, wear your shoes, hang up your keys, or check yourself in the mirror before dashing out. Alas, many homes tend to not prioritize the foyer and as a result, it is usually one of the smallest areas in the house.

To take full advantage of the convenience a foyer hall offers, it is therefore important to make the most out of the space you have. Smart use of space can be employed in several ingenious ways that can make the foyer of a house feel bigger, and make a dingy one feel a bit more glamorous.

1. Seating

Comfy Seating Makes for a Perfect First Impression

Comfy Seating Makes for a Perfect First Impression

Adding a bench to your foyer hall is an easy way to make it instantly more welcoming to all. Of course, why content yourself with a basic bare bench where there are so many options out there that can match any budget and cater to any taste?

The quickest way to shake things up in your house entrance foyer is with a high-quality bench design that stands out while still being functional. There are a lot of ways to go about this and it basically comes down to what kind of aesthetic you are going for. Those that want something more classic in the Hollywood Regency or Art Deco sense will probably be quite happy with a leather piano bench style chaise as this will offer a luxurious place for residents and guests alike to part after coming into your house.

Nothing makes a good first impression quite like a nice comfy chair to sit on when you first come in, so it’s recommended that whatever you end up choosing has a bit of cushioning. You can find pretty neat minimalist wooden bench designs out there, but they sometimes tend to sacrifice comfort for the sake of looks. Of course, that does come with benefits — particularly if you’re a more aesthetics-oriented person. So long as what you choose doesn’t clash with the aesthetic you’re trying to create, there really isn’t a wrong option per se here.  

2. Ceiling Decor 

Ceiling Decor Complements the Design Perfectly

Ceiling Decor Complements the Design Perfectly

A subtle way to augment your house entrance foyer’s design is through ceiling decor. We don’t tend to look up that often, but it’s little details like this that can really make a room style feel like it has depth and texture. As with benches, the decor of your ceiling will depend a lot on what kind of aesthetic you’re going for. More classic and ornamental designs tend to pair very nicely with an old crystal chandelier and carved crowning on the edges.

However, homeowners may want to remove an old dusty chandelier instead to make way for something more 21st-century. The advent of minimalist design means you can maximize functionality even with a sleek design, and this is especially true with lighting fixtures.

A bright light fixture can go a long way towards making a cramped space feel bigger so that even if your main entrance foyer doesn’t get all that much sunlight, it can still feel airy and open. This makes a world of difference for you and your guests alike. It’s always nicer to feel like you’re entering a new exciting space, rather than going into a small cramped one. 

3. Get Creative

Small Additions Set the Tone

Small Additions Set the Tone

If you’re looking to truly revamp your main entrance foyer, it’s time to get creative. To make your impressive foyer a stylish place, you need to consider what you want your theme to be. Generally, you’ll want your foyer hall to set the tone for the rest of your house, and this can be done with just a few small improvements.

First and foremost, you’ll want to make your fancy foyer feel as airy as possible. This can be done with lighting, but you can also achieve this by adding windows or increasing the size of existing ones. For even more light propagation, consider buying a mirror or two and painting your walls a lighter color. This will all help to make the room feel bigger, and this is always going to be a benefit regardless of which aesthetic you end up going for.

As for decor, the key is to not overdo it. There are plenty of compact pieces out there that can make a big statement — a beautiful centerpiece artwork here, a nice green plant there, an artisanal trinket or two on your high-quality end table, etc. 

4. Door Upgrade

A New Front Door Can Help Brighten Up Your Foyer

A New Front Door Can Help Brighten Up Your Foyer

What better way to upgrade an entrance than by improving the door itself? Even the best quality door will start to show its age after a while. And there are actually a lot of ways that your door can be used to augment your elegant foyer’s look.

Apart from getting a shiny new door, you can also get a door with transparent windows for more light or even go for something classy like stained glass windows. This will make your door part of the interior decor and allow you to set the tone of your home’s look before you even step inside.

To make your modern entrance hall feel like a nice part of a beautiful and cozy home, you can’t go wrong with a solid door and quality brass hardware. 

5. Maximize Shelving 

Built-in Shelving Does the Trick

Built-in Shelving Does the Trick

Storage comes at a premium in a small space like a townhouse foyer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize space with some crafty tricks. First off, your floor space can be used to the max as long as you don’t place too much stuff. Better yet, choose multifunctional furniture.

For example, a cubby for shoes could also act as a side table for your keys, a phone charger, and anything else you might need when you’re going out. There are even shelves that double as lamps, and many other similar compact pieces of furniture that can help you make the most out of limited space.

For basic tables, be sure to make use of space under the tables as well so that you maximize your storage efficiency. If you need more storage though, the best way to go about this is to install inset wall shelving. These shelves can be used for displaying decor or even for your gadgets.   

6. Biophilia 

Plants Add Texture to the Design

Plants Add Texture to the Design

There are so many benefits to having a biophilic design. Being closer to nature can really help with our mental and physical well-being. We tend to find natural symmetry relaxing, and as such a couple of plants are a great way to set a relaxed mood in your eclectic entryway. Plus, having a combination of different plants with different colors in various parts of the room can add texture to your foyer hall design in a way that most decor cannot. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have enough room for potted plants. Hanging plants are a space-saving option that just might work for you. 

7. Bohemian Foyer 

The Bohemian Style is Simple Yet Effective

The Bohemian Style is Simple Yet Effective

There’s a reason the Bohemian style is so popular. Its versatility makes it both easy to set up and very distinctive. It’s also a relatively affordable style to reproduce since it doesn’t make use of any really expensive or rare materials. Of course, the laid-back attitude of the design is also perfect for a cozy space like a foyer. Something as simple as a bohemian thatched bench and a few fixtures that incorporate straw into the design are all that is needed to create a bohemian eclectic entryway.  

8. Neutral Option 

Keep Things Simple With a Neutral Color Scheme

Keep Things Simple With a Neutral Color Scheme


But if you want to play it safe, there are a few surer ways to do that than the neutral option. You don’t need a colorful entryway if all you want is something that looks nice and works well. This doesn’t require much work or investment but can still produce a pretty nice and simple look for your elegant foyer. Focus on white or neutral-toned walls and flooring, decluttering, and punctuating everything with a bit of texture to keep things interesting. This can be as simple as a wool rug in the center that is easy to keep clean and invitingly soft underfoot.

MG

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Mateos Glen Hayes

Written by Mateos Glen Hayes

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