How to Decorate the Entry of a Split-Foyer Home

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How to Decorate the Entry of a Split-Foyer Home
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A split-foyer home, sometimes called a split-entry home, has a small landing or foyer just inside the front door with two short flights of stairs leading to higher and lower levels of the house. This style has some benefits but sometimes creates a challenge in decorating the entryway. The floor space is usually quite small, there is no natural focal point and the walls are often large, blank expanses reaching up to the top floor. Choose paint colours and furnishings that create a welcoming entryway and draw attention away from any architectural shortcomings.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Corner shelf
  • Coat rack
  • Wall art
  • Decorative chest or basket
  • Lamp
  • Throw rug

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    Remove clutter from the foyer to create more space. The smaller the landing, the less you should store there. Create space for only a few decorative items and storage for only what you truly need near the front door. Find homes for everything else in other rooms of the house.

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    Paint the walls in a muted shade that complements the colour scheme of the rooms visible from the entryway. Continue the colour into adjacent rooms to decrease the oversized appearance of the entry walls. The foyer sets the tone for the style of your decor, so keep it consistent with the public areas of your house.

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    Use vertical furniture in the entryway to take advantage of high walls and conserve limited floor space. A tall, triangular set of open shelves offers corner storage with minimal intrusion into the foyer. A tall coat rack gives guests a place to store their belongings in a space that usually has no coat closet.

  4. 4

    Create a focal point with an attractive painting or wall hanging, clock or large framed mirror. If there is room, add a small chest or decorative basket to corral shoes, scarves and gloves.

  5. 5

    Add lighting to the foyer. In a split-entry the ceiling lights are often too high to adequately light the foyer. If the ceiling light's height isn't adjustable, replace it with a low-hanging chandelier or add a tabletop or floor lamp for a warm, welcoming glow.

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    Accent your decor while protecting your floors with a functional and attractive throw rug or shoe mat. Choose one with several colours drawn from your paint and furnishings to tie everything together.

Tips and warnings

  • Measure the swing room needed for your front door before you buy furniture for your entryway to make sure it won't interfere with the door's function.

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