Entrez: My Keys to an Inviting Foyer

The foyer should be an alluring invitation into the rest of the home.

The statement piece in the foyer of my Rancho Mirage Project is this mustard yellow sofa. It provides an exciting contrast in this neutral zone.

The first order of business is to set the tone. I recommend the use of a signature piece like a painting, chair or sunburst mirror like the one below. Please understand, the idea is not to crowd the entry way with a ton of trinkets. This space is best reserved for personal pieces that speak to you.

I used a sunburst mirror in my project for the Jack Webb Dragnet Estate. Those items are resting on the Lombard Round Dining Table by Michael Berman.

Next, I like to focus on the foyer’s main focal point, which is often the staircase. I like whatinterior designer David Phoenix did in his Bristol project. He capitalized on the curved staircase with a large wall tapestry that serves as a conversational piece and source of color. As a color connoisseur, I appreciate David’s use of that darling red chair.

It is common practice to incorporate carpeting on staircases for noise reduction. I like to call my friends at Merida Meridian for custom natural fiber rugs.

Lastly, I love to maximize natural light. Michael Berman did just that when he decided not to cover these large windows. Notice the addition of a lantern for a glowing effect at night. I wouldn’t be surprised if guests gathered to discuss the art on display.

Michael Berman did a wonderful job on this home in the Hollywood Hills.

Which elements do you find essential to an inviting entry way? Leave your responses in a comment.

  1. Photo 1: Christopher Kennedy
  2. Photo 2: Christopher Kennedy
  3. Photo 3: David Phoenix
  4. Photo 4: Michael Berman
  5. Featured Photo: James Magni Design