Create Function & Style, Even in a Small Foyer

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Do you have a small entry? If your foyer is small, you may be inclined to skip adding decor or furniture pieces. Actually, the best way to work within this challenge is to add items that fit the scale and help the space to function the way an entryway should. With the right approach, you can maximize and create a stylish space at the same time. Here are the best tips and tricks on how to decorate a (small) foyer or entryway to make it both functional and styled.

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What is a Foyer or Entryway Used For?

Your foyer or entryway is the gateway to your home. It’s your first chance to reveal your home’s style to guests. Additionally, it’s a great place to store last-minute necessities (keys, wallet, purse, backpacks, etc). This space is more commonly used for items needed to leave the home or what you don’t want to take into the rest of the home (dropping off shoes).

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How to Get Started Creating Style & Function in a Small Foyer

Firstly, think about what’s important to you. Do you need a space for shoes or do you typically put them on in another room? If you do, maybe add an accent cube storage or baskets that match the decor of the entryway. By doing this, you will add a nice accent piece that doubles as storage and decor. For small things like keys, you can use bins, baskets or canisters on a small console table. A pretty coat rack or pegs on the wall is great for a place to hang a handbag or jacket. You can also add a small stool or ottoman if you don’t have the space for a large bench. This is great for sitting a purse or mail down upon entry to your home.

Tips to Create a Stylish Foyer

  1. Keep the theme of your foyer/entryway consistent with the rest of your home. Make sure that colors and textures match the rest of your home’s decor. For the CASS aesthetic, use a mix of woven textures, along with black and brass accents and some subtle coastal touches.
  2. A console table is great for horizontal storage. It also is the perfect way to implement a decorative look. Here are my personal five must-haves to styling an entryway table. There are many console table options out there at every budget and size.
  3. Don’t overlook lighting. It’s one of the best ways to bring a custom look to this space, even if it’s small. If you have overhead lighting, a quick replacement of your lighting fixture can help rejuvenate the room. A statement chandelier is a great option for a foyer! Even if your ceiling isn’t high enough for a statement chandelier, a pretty overhead light can be an affordable way to significantly update the space. You also can add table lamps or tall floor lamps to brighten and open the space. A hanging or leaning mirror will make the space look bigger and reflect light, as well.
  4. A rug is a great way to define the space. Again, find something within the same decor as the rest of your home and that properly fits. Adding a rug is the perfect way to bring in color or pattern that can set the tone for your home. It also will help to catch some of the dust or debris from shoes so it stays off the main floor.

Ready to Give it a Try?

Are you ready to make your small foyer more stylish & functional? Below are some great console, lighting & rug options for small foyer spaces at all budgets!

There you have it – my best tips and tricks to decorate a foyer or entryway, even if the space is small. With proper planning and thinking about the space, you can create both function and style to appreciate the moment you walk through your door. I’d love to hear about how you work within a challenging space in the comments below!

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