Creating an Invitingly Beautiful Foyer- By: Fiona Creech
Your foyer creates a first impression of your home and style, and a foyer that is inviting and welcoming will make a much better impression that one that is cold and boring, or worse, cluttered and messy. Here are some tips on putting your best face forward by making the foyer as beautiful and inviting as it should be.
Loud bold colors may be too much of a visual assault on visitors, but you donít have to stick with boring beige either. Rich jewel tones, warm pastels or a neutral backdrop accented with accents and wall decor in welcoming colors are all good approaches to consider. To create continuity and provide a hint of what is to come, use colors that will appear in adjacent spaces. You can do this by making an accent color in the living room, for example, a main color in the foyer; or visa versa.
Adding Pattern and Texture
There is nothing wrong with plain painted walls and they can provide a great backdrop that wonít compete with a striking metal wall art or elegant antique wall mirror. However, there are some other options to consider that can make your foyer walls a little more interesting. One classic choice is to use wallpaper; the pattern you choose can define your decorative style, set a color palette and add dimension and depth. Donít choose a pattern that is too large or overwhelming for the space and you may also consider using wallpaper only one focal wall, painting the other walls in a coordinating color. Another possibility is to choose wallpaper or a wallpaper border that coordinates with the wallpaper used in the nearby living room or dining room.
Faux painting techniques can also be used to create a more beautiful and elegant foyer. Finishes that mimic marbling or Venetian plaster, for example, can be absolutely stunning in the low light of a candlelit foyer. Simple techniques like color washing or sponging are also very pretty. It just depends on the style and effect that you want to create.
Accenting with Wall Decor
The wall decor used in the foyer can also make it more interesting and provide a glimpse into your style. For example, you might hang antique prints in a country style home or an abstract metal wall decor in a contemporary home. Wall art with a personal twist is a good way to make visitors feel welcome and invite them into your life; photos of ancestors, current family, and favorite destinations or vacations or special events are just a few ideas to consider. The frames you choose and how the photos are displayed on the wall or a table top can be detailed to create the look you desire.
Nothing says welcome quite like flowers and tucking a few pretty blooms into a small vase is a simple way to create a welcoming ambiance in the entry. You can use realistic faux flowers that would be in season or display real flowers cut from your garden or chosen at a farmerís market. Decorating with flowers doesnít have to be expensive or laborious, but it makes any home more beautiful and inviting.
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Senior staff writer for Metal-Wall-Art.com, Fiona Creech, offers design advice on decorating with outdoor metal wall hanging and decorative metal coat racks.