By Candis Meredith
It seems like a lot of modern homes don’t really have foyers. The front door opens right into the living room, and it’s up to you to figure out what to do with your coat and shoes once you get inside. That’s just one of the reasons that I love a lot of the beautiful old houses that Andy and I renovate. They have these really cool foyers and entryways because they were designed at a time when you hung up your coat and hat when you walked in the door.
Luckily, with a few helpful design tips, you can create a really gorgeous foyer for any home you’re renovating. When you do this, your buyers won’t just stumble into the house – they’ll walk into a beautifully designed entryway that gives them a bit of room to breathe before they continue into the house.
I know, you’re thinking about your foyer, but a really effective and attractive entryway to a home starts before your buyers (or their guests) even open the door. The key is to make the front door the focal point of the front of the house. Make sure that you choose attractive lighting and a good color for the door, and that the front walk is designed to draw the eye to the door.
Add Built-In Organization
Look at the space you have to work with and what it has going for it. If there’s a coat closet, you may want to add a couple of built-in shoe shelves along the back. If not, consider putting in a row of attractive coat hooks by the door. Your buyers will love that they have a built-in place to put their coats and sweaters, and an easy spot for their keys and dog leashes, too. A built-in side table could also be a good idea for this kind of space, depending on how much room you have to work with.
Let There Be Light
I love hanging beautiful chandelier-style lights in entryways, but you can go with whatever lighting works best for your house’s design. You just want to make sure there’s a bit of extra light shed specifically on the foyer area. This will make guests feel more welcome, and it’ll help your buyers with those last-minute, “Do I have my keys?” moments before they head out the door.
Distinct, Easy to Clean Flooring
No matter how much people wipe their feet, the floor in the foyer is always going to get dirtier than the floors in the rest of the house. That’s why I almost never recommend a carpeted foyer, and if it works with your design and style, I usually recommend something a little bit more moisture-proof than wood. A stylish tile floor is a great way to go, and it can work even if your front door opens directly into your living room. You can create a distinct entryway area that’s defined by the flooring material and your organizational details.
I use all four of these tips on a regular basis for the houses that we renovate, and I find that they can be tweaked to work with almost any style or vintage of home you’re renovating. And the best part is, they’re all fairly inexpensive details that won’t put a lot of strain on your budget. You can create a stunning first impression when buyers walk into one of your renovations, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do it.