Above, twin shell-encrusted tables and a shell-accented chandelier strike a coastal-chic note in a breathtaking entry by Barclay Butera.

Big or small, a foyer welcomes you home and makes a first impression for your guests. Whether it’s like a small jewel box done in deep colors or a spacious entry hall, it can be made welcoming and inviting.

Use furniture to provide contrast.


Take, for example, that blank wall you face when you enter your home. Imagine it painted a cherry red, sapphire blue, or a more neutral grey or warm white. Now place a chest of drawers to provide interest and storage. We love the unique style of this inlaid marble top dresser by B. Mori & Co. The inlay of mother of pearl and bone creates a lasting impression. The drawers can hold everything from candles to sunglasses, even tablecloths.

Make it spacious with a mirror.


Place a mirror above it to help reflect light, add interest, and to check your reflection before you answer the door. A beautiful addition would be this vintage whitewashed mirror from Circa Antiques. Its rectangular shape would balance the square shape of the above chest, and its color complements without distracting.

Think of accessories that can double as storage.


The simple lines of this SE London Whisper box in white designed by Nika Zupanc is an elegant way to collect your mail and odds and ends. Or perhaps a bowl like this antique 20th-century teak carved bowl from the Apsara Design House founded by Tracy Garet. It adds warmth and is a place to put your keys, phone, or potpourri.

Add creative seating (if there’s space).


If space allows, think of adding a bench or chair to rest or remove your shoes. This Litchfield garden bench from Century Furniture designed by Bunny Williams would be perfect. Its tan and cream seat cushion is neutral, ensuring it will match your décor.


Then, add throw pillows such as these fleur de lis pillows from Loggia and up the cozy factor. For more of a contrast, a bolder choice would be these custom ocelot pillows which have a multicolored decorative cord detail.

Finish with an eye-catching light.


Don’t forget about lighting. If you have a ceiling fixture, a fun and exotic choice would be this modern sea urchin pendant. Do you need a table lamp? We love the Ribbed Egg table lamp by Jamie Young. With its white marble base and its beautiful egg-shaped glass body topped by a silk shade, it is sure to delight.

Remember, your foyer creates a lasting first impression. Treat it as a small room. With the right design choices, you will feel relaxed and welcomed every time you come home.

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