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Make an Entrance

The foyer is an invitation into your home and, in many cases, is the only part visitors see. Make a great first impression with these five tips from Local Designer Kelly Caron.

We all know the phrase, “making an entrance!”  Making an entrance for you and your guests into your home is the first intimate moment that sets the tone of the home. Here are five ways you can make your entryway design more inviting.

Kelly Caron (ASID) is principal designer of Kelly Caron Designs. See more of her work at kellycarondesigns.com


Reflection
A mirror is a great way to enhance the scale in a foyer space. If the space is smaller, a mirror will increase the scale. If the space is large with opportunity to reflect another room nearby, then go big in scale. Using reflection as a way to enhance a room makes the invitation into the home more welcoming.
Mirror: Buford by Made Goods, 42”W x 52”H

Materials, finishes & textures
Select materials, finishes and textures that are responsive to the rest of your home. The foyer materials and finishes can establish a vibe from which the rest of the home resonates. For example, if you have a Lowcountry home, like this image, you may want to have some local art or an oyster-rimmed mirror for a touch of Lowcountry culture. Glazed pottery lamps offer soft color and texture with and a handmade feel.
Lamp: Richmond Table Lamp by Currey and Company

Materials, finishes & textures
Select materials, finishes and textures that are responsive to the rest of your home. The foyer materials and finishes can establish a vibe from which the rest of the home resonates. For example, if you have a Lowcountry home, like this image, you may want to have some local art or an oyster-rimmed mirror for a touch of Lowcountry culture. Glazed pottery lamps offer soft color and texture with and a handmade feel.
Lamp: Richmond Table Lamp by Currey and Company

Rug or no rug?
Not every foyer needs a big rug; however, a rug in the proper scale softens the foyer and makes it a room.  An under-scaled rug in the foyer throws off the balance and harmony in the space. Ask a professional or even a rug shop for guidance.

Personalize
Personalizing the foyer with an element or artifact that means something to you and your home adds a sense of belonging in the space. A nice professional photo of the family or a special vase with florals add that little personal touch that can be changed with the season.
Baskets: Made Goods