As you drive around looking for the perfect home design you will notice some homes give a grand presence from the street, while other homes have a modest classic feel. Upon entering these homes the foyer will usually compliment the exterior design of the home.  A foyer is designed to be a greeting place for friends and family upon their arrival. It can set the overall tone for the house and making this space functional may prove to be a benefit for your family.

Some features to consider when designing your foyer include:

  • Custom tile, marble or wood floors
  • Decorative columns or fluted accents on adjacent doorways
  • Wainscot or wall accents
  • Ceiling medallions or Timbers
  • Decorative chandeliers
  • Built-in niches or hall trees

You first want to decide the type of feeling you want visitors to have upon entering your new home.  Are you looking for a “wow” effect with dramatic lighting, wall accents and custom flooring or would you prefer a functional designed foyer to include a built in hall tree, designed to store jackets, backpacks or hats as people enter?  Your entry layout can prove to be a beneficial space within your home if some thought goes into how you will use this space.

For larger families with children, the customized entry with space to drop backpacks, coats and other grab and go items may make heading out in the mornings easier.  Some families use a garage or side entrance as their main entrance and if this is the case with your family, you may want to incorporate these ideas into a mudroom style area instead of the foyer.

If your home will be utilized for entertaining, dinner parties or in a more formal way you may choose to show off some of the home’s features by incorporating selected design accents in the foyer itself.  This may look like large doorways with high ceilings, adorned with rustic timbers or decorative wood accents bringing focus to a unique chandelier and as the eyes are brought up and around within the entry surroundings, the selected trim and wall accents will give the grand appeal you are looking for.  You may choose to incorporate a coat closet instead of open built-ins and enough space to add accent furniture and decorative lamps.

As you envision your everyday life within the home, you will be able to consider what type of foyer will work best for you and your family.  Discuss these ideas with your building consultant to unleash the perfect design for the entry of your new home.

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