Split Foyer Interior Design Ideas

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Split Foyer Interior Design Ideas
Create interesting interior design in your split foyer. (decorative entrance 9. image by mdb from Fotolia.com)

A split foyer, also known as a split entry, is a common entryway for a split-level home. As you enter your front door, you're greeted by a small foyer with separate stairs leading down to a lower level and up to a higher level. Since most split foyers are small, it can be tough to handle the interior design elements. With space-saving ideas, you can create the same unique decor in your split foyer that you use in the rest of the house.

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Since split foyers often comprise small, confined areas, they can be difficult to light effectively. For foyers with low ceilings, choose recessed lighting. Keep each light 12 to 18 inches from the wall and at least 2 feet away from all other lights, suggests Networx Electricians. If you have high ceilings, hang a chandelier from the ceiling and use wall sconces on the walls adjacent to the front door. If the lighting still isn't bright enough, take down any curtains on the windows in your split foyer. If curtains are necessary, choose sheer curtains, which let more light into the room than thick fabric curtains. Pick a curtain colour that matches the overall theme of your home's interior.


Most split foyers have very little room for seating. You likely won't be able to fit a bench or couch in this area. Still, seating is important as it helps family and guests sit down while strapping on winter boots. Measure the space in your foyer and pick a high-backed chair that can fit against a wall or in a corner. Since there may be moisture in the foyer from those coming in from the rain or snow, avoid chair upholstery that needs to stay dry. Instead, choose finished wood or metal seating that is durable and can withstand weather. If a cushion is necessary, choose a fabric meant for outdoor furniture that has a design that coordinates with other decor elements in the foyer.


The best split foyers have a small closet next to the front door to hang coats and keep shoes and boots. However, this is not always the case. If you have a lack of storage for you and your guests, you can add it to the foyer. For a small foyer, hang a coat rack on the wall. Dark wooden racks go well with cosy, country-style interior design. Wrought iron coat racks work better with modern decor. If there's room, place a storage bench along one wall in your foyer. Not only will this add extra seating, but it will also provide extra storage space. These benches open up and you can store hats, gloves and outdoor sports equipment under the seat.


Plants liven up any area, and a split foyer is no exception. Place a tall side table in each corner of the foyer by the front door. Place a potted plant on each table. This will also give a small surface for placing house keys or daily mail. Keep large potted plants on the floor along walls and in corners. Place them on a tray or pad to protect the floor from moisture. Palms and ferns work well for a split foyer entryway.

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