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Designing a formal foyer is a way to infuse a dose of fancy into your home. A fancy makeover need not be fussy. I’m not talking about donning spats and taking a box at the opera fancy, rather a design approach that embraces timeless items against a clean backdrop which lets the objects shine.
The vignette above is a great example of how to get the look: it displays traditional furniture like the bamboo chairs and a marble-top console table and ornate gold lighting with a more contemporary mirror and decorative sea fans. The crisp white walls keeps things from getting too la-di-da! Another way to keep a formal space from becoming too serious is by including avant-garde entryway chandeliers or designer area rugs in simple, neutral tones.
Formal foyers should also be practical spaces that offer guests a place to place bags and gifts, as well as a place to primp with proper lighting (alliteration is always fun in a post, but not a must-have for your foyer). Here are some of the ideal objects that will work when designing a formal foyer:
1. Metropolitan Wall Sconce: a glamorous way to add flattering mood lighting at eye-level.
2. Antique Gold Twisting Mosaic Mirror: let your guests catch a glimpse of their fabulous selves in your fabulous foyer.
3. Renaissance Table Lamp: brings a little tabletop bling.
4. Uttermost Caissa Console Table: the perfect place to put down purses and presents.
Remember, to design a formal foyer, get the look with black and gold; French-style lighting and furniture; and a simple monochromatic backdrop.
Image credit: Savvy Home.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.