Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What shall I Do With The Foyer?




While we think about what color to paint the front door on the new house, let's move into the foyer.

Here it is as it looks now.

I love how wide and bright it is.  I know we are going to change out the chandelier.  What?  You don't see the chandelier?  That is because it is hung WAY to high.  I will show you a before and after when we do change it out.

I know I want to have a runner on the floor.  I think I want a larger table/console/cabinet/something that is a little more substantial than the one that is in there now.  I have been looking around for inspirational ideas on Houzz.  Here are some pictures that inspired me and notes to why.

I like the idea of a floor runner.  A bench or chair are always a good thing in a foyer, if you have room.  Like that there are pictures on the wall too. It is being treated as a room, not just a space you walk through.



In the foyer below, I like the console and the vignette on top.  I love that there is a lamp there, that you can turn on low in the evenings to create a soft glow.


In the foyer below, I like that there is a mirror and a chest.  They chest would be great to store winter scarfs and gloves in.

Mirror, chest, umbrella stand....all good in a foyer.



The foyer below is my favorite.  Love the console and chairs on either side.  Great old oriental rug at the door.  A sconce on the wall.


We don't close on the house for a few more weeks, but I am having a ball decorating it in my mind.  What do you have in your foyer?  A mirror?  Chest? Rug?

Thanks for playing with me!

27 comments:

Catherine Holman said...

I have a floor cloth in my foyer that I painted because I have hairy dogs and it works better for me. I also have a small table. Its a big foyer but very little wall space for anything.
Hugs,
Cathie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love all these ideas. I have incorporated a lot of them in mine except for the runner. I have one, but for some reason it doesn't look right to me so I don't use it.

Penny said...

Your foyer lends itself to great design possibilities. Like the chest and mirror idea and a lantern type chandelier. What fun!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love all your inspiration photos Penny, and I know what ever you do is going to look FABULOUS can't wait to see!
I have a rug, mirror and a small cabinet in my entry. Wish I was able to add a larger cabinet. Our entry is large but it has a lot of doors and not so much wall space.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I really like the first photo. But I would love to have that antique Queen Anne mirror that's hung on the blue print wallpaper.

Decorating is certainly your calling Penny.
Sam

Calypso In The Country said...

That looks like a great space and I know you will do something beautiful with it! We have a console table with a lamp and some pictures on it but it changes seasonally. We also have an oval mirror hanging behind the table and a rug in front of the door.
-Shelley

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I don't even know if you could use the word foyer for what we have here at the condo, Penny! LOL! At least its a small area before you step into the living room. Although, I did manage to fit our hall tree {that I had at our old house} here. It actually worked out perfectly because it has a mirror and a small table round attached to it and a shelf on the bottom, so it provides a lot of functions for this small space.

Vee said...

Foyer? Hahahahhaahahahaha... I have only had a front hall once in my life. It was never used. No one came to the front door. It became a place to store things in the wee closet under the stairs. I certainly enjoyed seeing your new foyer...what lovely options you have for working your magic.

Kathleen Grace said...

Alas, my tiny cottage opens into the dining room with no transition at all. I have always wanted a foyer, and the bottom picture is my favorite too. I like that the walls are a soft yellow, so there is color, but it is still very bright and cheery.

Kelly said...

Those are some great inspiration photos. I like the first one the best. I have a bench and a chest with a lamp on it in mine. I like to treat it as a room too. My foyer is fairly large as it eats up alot of space that could've been used as living spaces, so I have to treat it that way.

Pondside said...

While I'm enjoying your planning and dreaming, it's made me think about my own foyer. There's a chest and mirror there now, but I'd like to remove them and put down a rug - no runner - and a bench. I like your favourite too!

Sandi McBride said...

All of the ones you've shown are glorious, but knowing you, yours will outshine them all. Can't wait to see it!
Sandi

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Now you have me looking at our foyer with fresh eyes again...

They painted ours deep denim blue, it's like entering a blueberry doughnut, lol.

One day I will change it.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Gloria McAllister said...

I don't have a foyer. I really wish I did. My home is a 50's ranch style house and you come right into the dining room from the carport. Wouldn't you know it, I don't have a wall at the end of my hallway either...the hallway leads directly into the master bedroom. Oh well...I guess you can't have everything. I love my home anyway.

Gloria in Virginia

Lorrie Orr said...

Our foyer is small, but we have a rug there, and a small cabinet that's great for keys, sunglasses, etc. I really like the idea of a small lamp there.

Bonnie said...

Hi Penny, You have such a nice long foyer. Mine is small-ish but I have a Persian rug and a chest with a mirror above it. It's a great place for candles and a crystal rose bowl, just big enough. The chest does provide great storage. I wish I had room for a chair.

Mimi Sue said...

Love all those foyers too. I have a rug, a console, a cabinet with a mirror over it. And a red door. Mimi

WendyBee said...

Oh, I love the space you are getting in the foyer, and that marvelous high ceiling!
A few weeks ago, I toured an historic home, and I wish we had been permitted to take photos. The docent explained the structural features of Georgian architecture, and one element I recall was the foyer! Centrally located and with a high ceiling and a floating (I think that's what she said). I wish I could remember what made it so grand, I might be able to give suggestions. Anyway, you probably already know all the traditions of Georgian foyers. If you'd like to see the outside of the house (and garden), see my Sept. 12/13 post. (I don't mean to "shamelessly plug my blog, it's just that I think you'd really enjoy the pics.
Keep posting, I'm enjoying!

WendyBee said...

OOps! That should say floating "staircase"! Or did she say "flying" staircase? Or maybe flying "buttresses"? No, wrong era... Gad, where are my memory pills?....

Willow said...

What a big and beautiful foyer it is. Can't wait to see what you do to it.

Beverly said...

The last one is my favorite, too. I will love seeing how you decorate your new foyer.

I have a rug at the front door, a large antique crock holding a collection of canes in one corner, a small round oak table used as a plant stand at the foot of the stairs, and an antique hall tree as the main piece.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Oh yes, the last one is my favorite too.

Scribbler said...

Definitely large enough to be furnished as a room. You are going to have fun making it beautiful.

Mine is tiny, but I have my French iron hall tree in it -- no room for anything else, although I have in the past 5 and a half years "squoze" anything and everything in there at times!

see you there! said...

We don't have a foyer either but if I did I'd want that oriental runner in it. You are going to have so much fun choosing things for your new house.

Jeanne said...

Hi Penny, My house has an entry wall but not exactly a foyer. I wish it did. On the entrance wall I have a vintage Hall tree and I love the way it looks there. It has a small drawer and two sides for umbrellas and I have a collection of vintage canes on the other side. Lots of hooks for coats etc. Very English.

I like all the photos you shared. I too love to decorate in my mind. However, photos are a great influence as well.

Decorate and have fun.
Hugs, Jeanne

Sarah said...

Penny, this is a gorgeous space. You can do lots with this! Like all your inspiration photos, especially the first one. Have fun..........Sarah

must love junk said...

I agree, the last picture has some amazing ideas! You're lucky to have such a wonderful new space to decorate-how fun! :)
Susan