Corraling coats can tame the clutter in a foyer; left, a coat rack bench from Restoration Hardware; right, the Pipeline hall tree from West Elm.
Because rain and mud can find their way into a foyer, look for a durable rug, such as this herringbone blue sisal runner from High Street Market; Ikea’s PS 2012 chair offers a place to slip shoes on and off as well as a place to drop mail and groceries for a moment.
Good lighting in an entry is critical; from left, a mother-of-pearl hanging lamp from Pier 1 Imports; the Seaworn wall sconce from Anthropologie; the Bond opal table lamp and fabric shade; and Visual Comfort’s small pendant by Thomas O’Brien in hand-rubbed antique brass with white glass.
Furniture in a foyer should balance function and beauty; from left, the Cynthia console from Horchow; the Amalfi bench from Grandin Road in Pesto; and the Springfield storage bench with cushion in light blue, also from Grandin Road.
For a small space, accessories that are functional yet unique will work; left, Anthropologie’s porcelain umbrella stand; right, the French Axis rubber boot tray from Ballard Design.
Entry mirrors can reflect light into a home as well as be pieces of art in their own right, such as this Parsons wall mirror with bone inlay from West Elm, left, and Ballard Designs’ bone sunburst mirror.
Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:30 am
In suburbs across America, traditional townhouses and developments come standard. But let’s say your taste swings more contemporary, or your house dates to the ’80s, is brass-infused and needs an update. One of the best places to start redecorating is the foyer.
“I think an entry should set the tone of the house,” said designer Raji Radhakrishnan of Raji RM & Associates in Washington. You want it to “hint at what’s to come inside.”
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