Dress up Your Starter Home

By Jean D , last updated March 15, 2011

Decorating your foyer is the perfect way to dress up your starter home. Your foyer is more than the small room connecting the front door to the living room. Your foyer introduces your guests to your house, and provides a welcoming space for you as you enter your home at the end of a busy workday. Decorating your foyer in your starter home may be a challenge, as the room may be small and/or nonexistent. These quick tips can help you transform the space into something you'll be proud of.

Our transformation begins with lighting. Foyer lighting should be abundant, to provide you with bright light you'll need to untie your shoes, but should be adjustable so you can lower the levels if you'd like a softer feel. If your ceiling is high, consider installing a vintage chandelier or droplight to help lower the vaulted look. For lower ceilings, stick with flush-mount fixtures. Paint the walls of your foyer with a warm color that contrasts with the paint choices in your living room. Paint one wall a striking color such as red or blue for an added pop. Next, move onto furniture. Side tables can provide you with a place to display family photos. Add a table lamp for soft light, or cover with a plant for a fresh, organic feel. Side tables with built-in drawers can give you a safe and tidy place to stow your keys and spare change. If your room is large, consider a hall tree. These large pieces of furniture give you a place to hang your hat or scarves, and a bench to sit on while you remove your shoes.

If your starter home has no formal foyer and your front door just opens into the room, don't despair. Create your own foyer by placing a colorful rug down in front of your door. Line the rug with two matching bookshelves. Choose bookshelves that are open, so you can see through them, and line the shelves with plants and pottery. These simple changes will significantly increase the impact of your front room.

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