First impressions are the best impressions! Of course, we’ve all heard that adage. When you apply it to the context of your home, have you thought about the sort of a welcome your threshold gives your visitor? When a guest steps into your house, the immediate feature she would notice is, of course, the entry way or the foyer!
So, if the home ambience and decor is gauged as an extension of your personality, how can you make the entrance say nice things about your tastes and lifestyle choices? By doing up the design in a style – modern, contemporary, classical, urban chic, eclectic, traditional or rustic – that appeals to you. Granted, that space constraint (particularly relevant to apartments) is oftentimes the challenge.
Even if the area allocated as the foyer is less than ideal, by paying attention to a few vantage elements, the finish can still be well put together to make an elegant statement.
To begin with, categorize the requirements from the space cordoned off as the entry way/ foyer. Do you need it for functional use such as storage:
- umbrellas/ raincoats
- letters and mails
Or is your foyer’s purpose to make a grand statement of your interior? Or, better still, do you want a combine utility with style?
Whatever treatment you opt for, there are many ways for self expression. Here are a bunch of suggestions that are bound to make this important space warm, friendly and most importantly: inviting.
In the Indian context, the prime purpose for mud rooms – as foyers are sometimes referred to – is to provide space for visitors to remove footwear as they enter the house. This way the dirt and grime from the outdoors is kept at bay. So if you are partial to floor rugs and want to add a burst of colour or pattern to an otherwise staid flooring, then place it away from the door way. A small door mat in front of the door is, of course, very useful.
Also, quite appropriately, shoe storage shelves will make sure all the footwear (sports, office, school, flip flops, sandals and all other varieties) have one place to be enclosed in. There are ready made racks widely available, or it can be custom built by carpenters for your specification.
Will the foyer space accommodate a seater (bench or sofa or even chairs)? Then go in for it. Easiest solution to the morning rush – for kids and office goers alike – to not have to stand and juggle about while putting the shoe on. Like wise, provide for an umbrella/walking stick stand.
An accent table is just the right solution if there’s a space restriction. A table lamp/uruli/potted plant/figurine placed on it will add just that right touch of glamour, in an other wise busy thoroughfare!
A mail storage rack is a very integral piece that comes with an every day usage requirement. Similarly keys – car, front door – and mobile phones are the two things one automatically looks to place down as soon as they enter their homes. So if there are designated places for each of these, the dining tables or side boards will not turn into cluttered multi-purpose storage areas!
Lighting the area, the colour of the wall, decorations are other simple but effective ways to add depth to the foyer space. These and more will be discussed in the coming weeks.