The First Step in Your Home Starts in the Foyer
Before we bought our house, there were certain items that were necessities to us: location, move-in ready (no major renovations needed to be done), two full bathrooms, at least three bedrooms, indoor washer/dryer… stuff like that.
Then there were wishlist items such as tile work in the shower, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, and a foyer.
When we bought our house, I can’t tell you how much these silly wishlist items meant to me, ESPECIALLY the foyer. In the past, our apartments have always just opened up straight into the living area, so we always had to create our own entry way. Luckily, in our new house, I got the defined foyer space that I had always wanted.
The foyer in your house serves as a first little peek (and impression) of what you call home. It sends a message as to what your home is like and provides insight into the decor, whether it be rustic, traditional, modern, glam, minimalist, or a combination of styles.
When it comes to decorating my home, quality and design are just as important as a low price tag. It’s about finding the perfect balance of what you want and how it fits into your budget. Luckily, I figured out how to form my foyer on a budget.
Forming Your Foyer with 5 Main Pieces
Not only does a mirror help enlarge a space, but it is also a great functional piece to have. If you are running out the front door in a hurry, a mirror is the last place to check your makeup or make sure that you don’t have something in your teeth (admit it, we all do it).
I searched everywhere trying to find the best mirror, but they were so expensive. Prices ranged from $150-400 and I couldn’t justify spending that much, so I kept visiting one of my favorite places – Home Goods. Sure enough, I found a metallic round mirror here for only $99! I love the modern design and how it plays with some other pieces in our home, particularly our light fixtures.
It is also important to be creative with the placement and shape of your mirror. Because we have some other art, clocks, and wall decor that is square or rectangular, a round mirror made the most sense for our foyer and it fit perfectly on the wall.
Do you want your mirror to be round, horizontal, vertical, or maybe an entirely different shape? The possibilities are endless, but don’t try to have every piece of wall decor be the same shape or size – mix it up!
I didn’t want just any bench in our foyer because I wanted it to match the rest of the furniture throughout the house. Since our dining room is just off the foyer, (and because we have studded dining room chairs) I made it my mission to find a studded/ tufted bench that was sleek, cozy, and neutral in color.
The bench adds a glam factor, but it is also functional. Whether it’s tying your shoes before you leave for work or a place to sit while waiting for an Uber on the weekend, a bench is a practical piece to add to your foyer.
Whatever the style and flow of your home may be, try to match your bench to the rest of the house. You don’t want a rustic bench in your foyer if the rest of your house is eccentric or modern. The other nice thing about having a bench in your foyer is that you can decorate it for any holiday. More Halloween and Christmas decor? Yes, please!
There are all sorts of bench designs and you don’t need to spend a fortune to have one. I saw so many beautiful benches online for well over $200, but I again had another Home Goods find and picked one up for only $129! So check your local store to see what options they may have.
Entry Way Table
I had to go to Wayfair to find this one for $140, but it fits perfectly and the color matches the other wooden furniture we have in the house. Plus, at that price, it was a steal (I found similar styles at Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel that were at least double the price).
An entry way table is a must-have in any foyer. It serves as a place to put the mail or your keys, as well as a way to showcase the personality of your home.
For my “everyday” use, I like to decorate my entry way table with my favorite kate spade vase filled with flowers, a large candle or bowl, and a frame with a memorable photo. An entry way table, like your bench, can also be decorated for any holiday (which also happens to be one of my favorite things to do in my home).
Adding a table will help fill the foyer space appropriately, personalize your home, and offer a functional day-to-day area.
Whether it is something you have framed or some sort of metal artwork, having art really makes it your home look polished and well put together. Let’s be real, it makes you actually feel like an adult too.
Since I rotate the decor depending on the season/holiday, I wanted a permanent personal element in our foyer. I needed something that was stylish, yet didn’t clash with any other decor in our house. Luckily, there’s Etsy.
I love Etsy, because it is a great, inexpensive way to customize the decor in your home, so that is where I got the metal wall letters to hang above our entryway table. They were bundled together for $50 and what better way to make our house feel like ours than by putting the initials of our first names on the wall.
I thought about using a mosaic or abstract piece above the table, however, since we have an abstract painting in the dining room, we wanted something a little different in the foyer.
What’s great about using art in the foyer is that you can match it to the other art you use throughout the house. Whether you decide to use a picture, a piece of artwork, or metal wall letters, be sure utilize the space and personalize your home!
The best way to define the grand entrance into your home is with the lighting element to match. I could have kept the boring light fixture in the foyer, but I wanted something with a little more glam.
It took a couple visits to Home Depot to convince my husband that we should get a small chandelier. We both love how it looks and stands out from the other lighting throughout the house. This little beauty only cost $119 and was already pre-assembled (win!). In your foyer, you can choose any fun piece of lighting to really make your space stand out and start the flow of what you envision in your home.
I tried choosing a chandelier that was smaller than what we have in our dining room, but that also complimented the other fixtures throughout the house. Stay true to what design you choose, because you want consistency throughout your house. Consistency is key.
In your foyer, you can choose any fun piece of lighting to really make your space stand out and start the flow of what you envision in your home.
Bubbly Wife Tip: When it comes to designing your entryway table, start small and simple. I used some basic pieces in these photos just to give you an idea as to how easy it can be to achieve an everyday look. It doesn’t take much to dress up your foyer and it can be a lot of fun to add seasonal touches throughout the year!
By incorporating these five things into your foyer (no matter how big or small your foyer is) you will start making the space come together and provide that “WOW” factor when you or your guests enter.
Once you’ve accomplished forming your foyer, you can start to play with the little touches. Do you want a cute throw on the bench? Fresh (or fake) flowers in a vase? Candy bowl? Photo frame? Mail tray? Whatever you decide, defining a foyer as its own space can really improve the flow of the rest of your house.
Being a homeowner is a lot of responsibility, but it is little things like this that you can do to really give your home an inviting touch! How did you form your foyer and what pieces did you incorporate? Please share below!