Ideas to Update Your Entryway or Foyer.
Your Entryway (foyer) is the first room that guests see when they come into your home and the last room they see when they leave. Because of this you would think that if there were ANY room that you’d want to make a great first impression with, it would be this one. But it rarely gets the TLC it needs (kind of like me…hee hee).
Why? Well, people don’t usually spend much time in it. It’s more of a ‘pass-thru’ or ‘transitional‘ area rather than a ‘sit back and relax with a glass of wine’ zone (I however, have been known to drink wine anywhere).
So, how do you add personality and interest to your Entryway without a) spending a whack load of money and b) spending a whack load of money?
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There are 2 types of Entryways…
#1 – Controlled Entryway
An Entryway/foyer that is contained by atleast 3 walls. Seeing as I have control issues, you can imagine that I love decorating Controlled Entryways as I can wreak complete havoc without negatively affecting the rest of the house.
#2 – Open Layout Entryway
An Entryway/Foyer that is open to the rest of the home – it usually has only 1 or 2 walls that ‘belong’ to it. The rest of the space opens up – usually into a Living room.
There isn’t a HUGE difference in how you treat these 2 types of Entryways, however there are small tweaks you can make to each one to make it it’s very best.
It seems that the more independant the Entryway is, the less love it gets. This is because once you ‘step out of it’ you don’t see it anymore, whereas an Open Layout Entryway visually belongs to the room that it’s connected to, therefor it’s usually incorporated into the colour scheme and overall theme without dedicating much time to it..
I’m sure most of you have seen my Entryway before (shown above, and it’s an Open Layout Entryway). Seriously, 50 sq ft of laminate flooring, 1 gallon of Paint, 1 quart of Chalkboard paint with some $10 Restore cabinet doors and VOILA – A fabbed-up Entryway ! (I know, I make it sound so easy…I’m such a cow sometimes)
Paint is the first and best way to tie your Entryway into your home. Regardless of the size, don’t be afraid to make your Entryway an Accent Colour. This is a great way to give a ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ to let people know what they can expect in the rest of your home. If you paint your walls a great colour and then repeat that colour in the adjacent rooms (via accents), you will essentially be leaving visual cues throughout your home which will make it act as a ‘whole’ – rather than as independent spaces.
Paint Colour in an Open Layout Entryway – You can ‘define’ your Entryway by painting a colour that coordinates with the rest of your space, but stands apart from it. You can do a tone-on-tone palette (ie: your main walls are tan and your entryway walls are chocolate brown) or a contrasting palette – which means that your main walls are one colour and your entryway is an opposite or complementary colour.
(Chris Loves Julia) Chris and Julia took the tone-on-tone approach in their Open Layout Entryway – definitely a more subtle way of doing things.
This photo from Home Thangs shows an Open Layout Entryway with fabulous feature colour! Hopefully they’ve repeated this hot red accent in other spaces to tie it in!
Normally people will accent with a darker colour in an Entryway and while I do love this saucy red above, I love how Julia accented with a lighter gray in her Open Layout Entryway and did the darker tone-on-tone in her Living room – a great way to make these 2 spaces appear seamless!
Paint Colour in a Controlled Entryway – All of the walls should be the same colour – no accent walls in Controlled Entryways (says me…). Are you thinking that you’re just a wee bit afraid of colour? Well consider this….
‘Would you rather have a small entryway that is bright and light (but still small) or a small entryway with personality?’
PBJ Stories (love this cutie-patootie site!) This Controlled Entryway looks great in chocolate brown and I would also LOVE to see her paint the interior of her front door (as you’ll see suggested below…)
If you’re nervous about going full-tilt on the Paint Colour, then you can achieve a similar effect by using accents that are repeated in the rooms adjacent to the Entryway. For example, you might have some artwork or an area rug in your Entryway with blues and greens in it. You would then repeat those same blues and greens in the 1 or 2 rooms next to your Entryway. It’s about providing ‘visual links’ from space to space, just don’t be subtle about it. If you really want to visually connect these spaces you need to make it obvious.
This cream coloured Open Layout Entryway (Benjamin Moore Indian White) above just needed some visual interest! By adding a jazzy toss cushion, textured fabric on the bench and some curly branches the space as a subtle, but distinct personality (unlike myself – I ain’t so subtle…)
This idea applies to both Controlled Entryways and Open Layouts.
Paint the Interior of Your Front Door
Hot damn, this is one of my fave things to do! Painting the interior of your front door (regardless of whether you have a Controlled or Open Layout Entryway) is a great way to add personality and visual interest! In fact, I’m so passionate about this idea that I’ve written a blog post about it….‘How to Paint the Inside of Your Front Door – And Why You Should’
Seriously, what do you have to lose? $25? 3 hrs of your time? 1/2 a bottle of wine? Seems like a risk worth taking! Take your cues from your flooring, artwork and wall colours when you’re deciding what colour to paint the interior of your front door. And no, the interior and exterior do not need to be the same colour (in fact most people have the exterior of their door painted and leave the interior white, so it’s already different).
The Ikea Shoe Cabinet
The greatest thing ever invented (other than screw top wine bottles)
Courtesy of the blog ‘Integrations‘
Courtesy of I Heart Organizing
Regardless of whether you have an Open Layout Entryway or a Controlled Entryway, the Ikea Shoe Cabinet is a revolutionary idea (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating), but it’s a REALLY great idea to add a decorative top surface AND shoe storage! (click here…Ikea Shoe Cabinet)
This is what it looks like opened up…
As usual, I could go on and on, but my verbal diarrhea has taken an backseat to my exhaustion this week (You will be reading soon about my 40 foot Bin O’ Goodness…)
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