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A home's foyer need not be an afterthought. It can be as warm and welcoming as any other part of the house, greeting guests and beckoning them to come in and make themselves at home. We've rounded up some of our favorite foyers to show off how these small spaces can express big hospitality.
The slimmest possible table -- supported by graceful iron legs -- stands at the ready, hoping to catch keys or a cup of coffee. A wall mirror echoes its curlicue lines but delights with an out-of-the-blue chalky hue. A tote or backpack can slip inconspicuously underneath for easy pick-up or drop-off.
This vignette packs a lot of punch in just a sliver of space, as pieces with Oriental flavor gather just inside the front door. The chest of drawers provides surreptitious storage as well as a landing spot for mail, keys, or a cup of coffee. The mirror offers a person one last look before heading out the door.
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A 3-foot stretch of wall between two doors in this entryway could've easily been overlooked and ignored, but artwork and a diminutive stool give it purpose and presence, practically asking people to stop for a moment and take a look around.
Every few steps in this eclectic entryway, there’s something new to behold. Note that the wood-plank flooring is laid to resemble a rug runner, directing the eye down the hallway to the staircase. Along the way, you'll pass by a corner table laden with a sculpture and a minimalist Lucite table levitating beneath a piece of industrial metal salvage.
Even a narrow hallway hemmed in by a staircase can host a small display. Here, a narrow runner ushers people down the hallway past a pretty sight, a demilune table of wood and glass cradling a few small knickknacks. Framed artwork gathers overhead.
Gorgeous traditional wainscoting anchors a demilune table in rich wood. It hoists a bowl overflowing with hydrangeas and a chorus of silver candlesticks, which echo the glint and glimmer of the mirror behind. Such a gracious way to welcome visitors into a home!
This shallow niche in an outsize foyer asks not just for a statement piece; rather, it begs for an exclamation! A boxy velvet-and-wood settee, oversize round mirror, and stretched-tall paneling fits the bill; all are just as roomy in scale as the entryway itself.
A wall brimming with bright and colorful coats, bags, and scarves lurks just to the right of the equally cheery front door, poised to collect outerwear and shoes from every member of the family. Having plenty of hooks for jackets, a spot for keys and sunglasses, a clip for outgoing mail, and a bench for putting on or taking off shoes means that all of these activities can take place in a snug slice of space.
A handful of items united by clean lines and a bit of sheen make a mighty statement in this foyer. A swipe of red velvet and dot or two of violet bring the vignette to life.
Piled with pillows and resting at just the right height to highlight the gorgeous wall paneling, this cushioned bench isn't so much practical as pretty: It gives visitors a taste of the home's decor upon stepping in the door.
An extra-wide foyer lets this little corner blossom into a cozy window seat bathed in natural light. A bamboo table snugged on one side holds a metal-shaded lamp, which can illuminate the space once the sun fades away.