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What are some good ideas on decorating a foyer?

Asked by mazingerz88 (17834 points ) September 12th, 2012

A friend just bought a two-story house and the foyer looks bare as it is. There is a plain looking square window above the front door and the stairs are in an unassuming L-shaped form. I would guess the whole foyer is 12×12 feet?

I looked at the high walls and thought…tapestries maybe?

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gailcalled's avatar

Antique quilts, paintings, (I have an attic filled with those of both my mother and grandmother..they are large and would look really lovely in your friend’s foyer), hand-painted mural (lots of local artists will do that), antique barometers, antique farm tools and utensils, musical instruments.

jca's avatar

Frames with family photos and other interesting pictures. Souvenirs. Paint walls an interesting color. Put a nice runner on floor.

Coloma's avatar

A cool indoor fountain and some potted plants, providing there is enough light.
I am addicted to making decorative water features around my house. Everything from big ceramic bowls filled with cool rocks from my travels, set on pedastals with aquatic plants, reeds, grasses etc.
I also make smaller bowls with pebbles and water and float tea candles in them.
Water features are cool, easy to maintain and add a lot of ambience.

YARNLADY's avatar

I like the combination of plants and candles in this picture. Note the beautiful chandelier You can find many more on an image search for entryway decor

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I like the idea of pictures. We take lots of pictures but now we have trouble finding places for them. A picture wall sounds interesting.

Kardamom's avatar

I go to open houses and look at model homes all the time (for fun and free design ideas) I’ve seen this quite a bit and I love it: a slim table Like This with a big mirror hung over the table. You can put a bowl of fruit, or a bowl of ornaments or a flower vase or some framed photos on the table.

Or they could do something like This with a unique looking chair, some artwork and either a candle stick like they’ve used in this picture, or even a hat rack or a decorative light fixture.

If the space is big enough they could even put a bench style seat in there, with some artwork above it Like This

Here’s a neat looking slim cabinet with drawers that not only looks good, is very functional Here and it has a lovely mirror over it.

They might also want to paint one wall with a rich accent color that complements the color in the rest of the living room or whatever room the foyer opens into. Like This

I also second @YARNLADY‘s idea of having a chandelier. I like This One and This One or This One

mazingerz88's avatar

Thanks for all the great ideas! @Kardamom Beautiful furniture!

jca's avatar

A low dresser is also a versatile piece of furniture that can function as storage, a buffet for hors d’ouvre or a bar if there’s a party, and it’s a place to put a nice vase with flowers or other decorative items.

Pandora's avatar

I like the idea of plants at the entry. It can take a large room and make it warm and homey.

augustlan's avatar

Will you guys come decorate my house? Nice work!

Kardamom's avatar

^^ OK, but we’ll have to send you on a week long trip to Disneyworld like they do on Extreme Home Makeovers. : )

But we might be waylaid if I end up having my way with Ty Pennington : P

jca's avatar

@augustlan: I get lots of inspiration from Pinterest!

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