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Publication Date: 2015-06-11

Design Insights

Foyer Design Insights from 6 Experts

The foyer is the first chance to make a grand statement on the personality of a home and the residents inside. A well-done foyer design should not only make guests feel welcome but should be functional, providing easily accessible places to store everyday essentials. While often small in size, there's still an opportunity to make a big impact in the entryway. Here, six top interior designers share their must-have pieces and top tips for a successful foyer design.

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Insight #1 from Laura Umansky of Laura U Inc, Houston: “The foyer is the first space that guests will experience, and it’s important to make an impression that will last. A stunning console table is always the place to start and great for showcasing favorite accessories. Add a mirror as an additional statement piece but don't install one directly across from the door as this can be a bit off-putting.”

Three Essentials: Console Table, Statement Lighting, Mirror

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Insight #2 from Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors, Atlanta: “Soft, ambient lighting is essential. The beauty of having a console, chest of drawers, credenza or demi-lune table in the foyer is that these pieces provide storage and as well as a place for table lamps. Then add decorative light on the ceiling or decorative sconces to complete the lighting scheme.”

Three Essentials: Soft Lighting, Table, Artwork

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Insight #3 from Liz Caan of Liz Caan Interiors, Boston: “The foyer should feature pieces that give visitors a hint of what the family is all about. Start with a conversation piece and then surround it with pieces that balance the design. For this entryway, we paired an unexpected neon console with regal side chairs in traditional black and gold. Everything is tied together with the colorful abstract art piece.”

Three Essentials: Conversation Piece, Vintage Piece, Artwork

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Insight #4 from Charlotte Barnes of Charlotte Barnes Interior Design, Greenwich: “A console table is very practical and absolutely necessary. For big impact, add a statement lighting piece, like this fantastic lantern from Charles Edwards. Lastly, hang a great mirror to enhance the space and light and allow for last minute touch-ups before heading out!"

Three Essentials: Lantern Lighting, Console, Mirror

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Insight #5 from Ernest de La Torre of De La Torre Design Studio, New York: “Look for essentials that provide function but don’t sacrifice style, like storage pieces and a mirror. I also always recommend an umbrella stand for rainy days and messy weather. Most importantly, the foyer design should make people remember they entered somewhere special.”

Three Essentials: Cabinet, Mirror, Umbrella Stand

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Insight #6 from Mark D. Sikes, Los Angeles: “Every entryway should have a center table or console table as a place to put keys, mail and flowers. I also love a basket or two by the door as a place to put things you want to hide, like shoes or hats.”

Three Essentials: Center Table, Hanging Light, Storage Basket

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