A two story foyer can be tricky to decorate. A tall foyer reeds the right size & scale furniture, lamps and art. After all, it's a guest's first impression! It sets set the mood for the entire home! Whether you prefer traditional and formal, colorful and unique, or family friendly, these are all things to consider.
Designers often have access to better options than the general public. So, if you have a huge foyer, it may be beneficial to view their options. We were able to bring the actual painting (top photo) to help the homeowner visualize this painted ocean scene in their foyer.
1) Add large artwork
Notice in the photo below - we replaced the very formal carved mirror with abstract colorful art. This gave the homeowner the inviting look they requested,the soothing colors in the art are a nice addition to a foyer that was otherwise lacking in color. Our craftsman glass lamp also added a fun touch, to make the console table feel less formal.
AFTER Above, BEFORE below
2) Paint or stain the front door! Perhaps a colorful door? Or a nice wood stain?
3) Upgrade the foyer light fixture. Notice below even the foyer light fixtures are unique!
4) Borrow furniture from another room! Perhaps a host and hostess chair from the dining room?
Chairs or a bench in a foyer make it functional for taking off shoes.
5) Add texture! Below: the twigs, rocks, glass, wood, fabric, stone, & linen add wonderful
textures. This foyer is now a welcoming room. The foyer bench allows a nice place to take off your shoes. A bowl on the console table is a great place to throw your keys.
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