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Fresh & Welcoming Foyer Design Plan

Fresh & Welcoming Foyer Design Plan

Every now and then, I get a bee in my bonnet about a particular space. For one reason or another, I want the space done, even if I have no concrete plan or vision in mind (spoiler alert: this rarely ends well!) This happened earlier this year with our foyer. Right after Sam was born, we were having a bunch of family come visit for his baptism. I was somewhat embarrassed that the house wasn’t quite up to my standards; and I thought if I could just get the entryway, foyer and family room looking presentable, I would feel a little better. I launched myself into a DIY frenzy and got the front porch in shape and the living room pulled together literally as guests were arriving at the door. In that period, I also decided to haphazardly hang some frames on the huge wall in our entryway and put some baskets and accessories on the shelves. But since I had no plan in place and really didn’t know what I wanted, the space wasn’t coming together at all…and especially not as quickly as I needed it to. Not only were there empty frames on the wall and random things on the shelves when guests arrived, but it sat like that for the few months since as I tried to wrap my brain around what I wanted the entryway to look and feel like. After considering lots of different options, I finally landed on a fresh & welcoming foyer design plan I love. Before I show you the various projects and final reveal of the space though, let me start today with where we’re headed!

Struggling to create a foyer that is stylish as it is functional? Join me on my journey to creating a fresh and welcoming foyer.

Here is quick look at our massive foyer the day we moved in. Not only are both the floor space and wall huge; but because of the way our upstairs is designed, the foyer actually has double-height ceilings. Quite the entrance to a house!

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Upon moving in and after playing merry-go-furniture with pretty much every item we own, we finally determined the entryway was the best place for our Kallax shelves (they used to be in our playroom). Not only was this wall the only one in the whole house they would fit on; but the cubby units also provided good storage and display space AND were the right height for an entryway console table.

(Curious how we put feet on our Kallax shelves? See the tutorial here!)

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There is also a small wall next to the hallway leading to our downstairs bathroom. Again, the small butterfly console table and stools landed here because it was the only logical place we could put them after trying them pretty much everywhere else in the house.

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So even though our foyer sat half-done for about 3 months, I never snapped a picture of it. Sorry about that. But I am sure you can imagine the shelves filled with clutter and a bunch of random and empty frames on the wall. I certainly gave the foyer the stink eye pretty much every time I came in the front door or down the stairs (which is about a million times a day); so after a while, I just really wanted it done. Instead of winging it this time though, I took my own design advice and sat down and made a plan.

I knew from the get-go I wanted to bring the color scheme I used on the front porch into the foyer. Not only am I crushing really hard on the red + coral + blue combo right now, but I thought it would provide a really nice and comfortable transition from inside to out…

Struggling to create a foyer that is stylish as it is functional? Join me on my journey to creating a fresh and welcoming foyer.

With the all-white shelves, neutral flooring and beige walls and a huge expanse of wall to fill, I knew a large-scale gallery wall was the best way to bring in lots of style and color to the foyer in a focused way.  I would have loved to use art I already owned; but honestly, I didn’t have anything in the right color scheme or the right size/scale for the wall. So with the color palette set, I sourced a ton of art (and I mean a ton) from Minted. I love using Minted for projects like this because it’s literally a one-stop-shop for high-quality, affordable art in pretty much any size and color you need. It took a lot of playing around with different options, but I finally landed on a collection of 7 prints that work perfectly to bring that “fresh and welcoming” vibe I wanted for our entryway.

(Pssst – Next week, I’m going to show you exactly how I went about picking an assortment of art pieces that work well together and share lots of different gallery wall options. If you want a gallery wall display in your home but don’t know where to start, come back next Tuesday for the full breakdown!)

Struggling to create a foyer that is stylish as it is functional? Join me on my journey to creating a fresh and welcoming foyer.

To fill the shelves, I wanted a nice combination of storage and decor. Our front door is our primary entrance, so we need a place for shoes, backpacks, sunscreen, hats, and school paperwork. But I also didn’t want to fill all 16 cubbies with baskets. After shopping our house for some red, white, blue, and gold accessories and trying out pretty much every blue and/or white basket I could get my hands on, I finally landed on a combination of lamps, baskets, boxes and other decorative items (I already had) that played really nicely with my art selections.

So after lots and lots of sourcing items, playing around with items on a virtual design board over and over again, and even buying and returning various products, I finally had a solid plan in place. I still have a few projects to finish up before I show you the final foyer, but here is a quick summary of where I’m headed!

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Struggling to create a foyer that is stylish as it is functional? Join me on my journey to creating a fresh and welcoming foyer.

Organization: IKEA Kallax | Blue & White Baskets

Gallery Wall: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

(Lamps and all other accessories are from my “stash”!)

After months of staring at a huge, blank wall and cubbies full of random items, I am so excited to finally pull our foyer together. I’ve already started putting a few things in place, and it’s coming together even better than I hoped. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks to see this space evolve…and see if my design plan results in the fresh and welcoming foyer I am going for!

Later this week, I’m going to switch rooms a bit and show you how I made those “roman shades” in our family room using nothing but a length of fabric, Velcro, and some Command Hooks. They were inexpensive and look great, and I think you guys will love how quick and easy they were to make. See you back here on Friday!

How to Design a Room You Love (When You Aren’t a Trained Designer!) – Part 1

How to Design a Room You Love (When You Aren’t a Trained Designer!) – Part 1

Over the years, I have been asked many times how I go about designing a space. There are certainly times when I (try to) let a room evolve naturally. However, I have learned that I prefer a more pulled-together and tailored aesthetic, which is often easier to achieve when I spend a little time planning out the…Continue Reading