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10 ways to freshen up your foyer with accessories, lights, color

Try dressing up the entryway with oversized art

Try dressing up the entryway with oversized art and an eye-catching mirror. Credit: Dreamstime

It’s the first place you see every day when you enter the house. It’s also where guests have their first (and last) impressions of your home. Whether friends arrive for a dinner party or the local pizza deliverer pops in for a minute, your foyer is a great place to show off your home’s personality. Give your foyer a touch-up with some fresh new updates.

PERSONALITY PLUS The foyer is the place to add an eye-catching piece of artwork. Give your foyer personality by adding something dramatic or colorful here. Opt for something with size, or try a gallery wall in coordinated frames and matting.

BE SIZEABLE Look for accents and accessories that are generously sized, like your artwork. Giving your entry table some unusual accent pieces with some heft creates a wow effect when people come to the door.

FOOT WORTHY Even though this is the spot where wet shoes and paws enter the house, don’t skimp on a stand-out rug. Try a bold color or pattern to add pizazz in your foyer.

REFLECTION PERFECTION For a quick hair or lipstick check, nothing is as handy at the front door as a mirror. Look for a unique piece with lots of style and size to beef up the entryway.

ADD FLAIR Because foyers are usually small, give them the jewel-box treatment and go all out on some luxurious wallpaper, upgraded door hardware and a rich, glossy color on the door. Or try painting the ceiling a new color to give every surface a touch of style.

MORE LIGHT Every room benefits from good lighting. Pull out all the stops and invest in an eye-catching light fixture for the ceiling, add lighting to artwork, and if there’s room for sconces, add those, too. If you have a console or entry table, dress it up with two statement lamps.

WAIT AND SEE A welcome spot in the foyer is a place to sit. Try flanking a console table with a pair of chairs. If there’s space underneath, add a stylish bench or a pair of stools that can be pulled out for someone to wait or to sit while they put on or take off shoes.

FLAT SPACE Every foyer needs a spot to hold mail, place your keys or set a delivery parcel on. Even if your foyer is on the small side, there’s often enough room to add a shelf to the wall where you can set your keys or the day’s mail.

ADD TRIM Millwork and molding on walls can instantly create interest and elegance in a foyer. Try adding molding at the ceiling; or for something different, add molding about six inches from the ceiling. Add lighting behind it to make the foyer ceiling glow.

PIECES OF INTEREST Look for items that give your foyer personality. Kids love hockey? Add a tall basket with antique hockey sticks. Or fill a ceramic urn with interesting walking sticks and canes. Need a place to stash your keys? Do it with panache by adding a richly lacquered box to hold them.

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