Decorating the entrance of an open-concept home isn’t as straightforward as it might first appear. In many cases, the foyer leads directly onto the living room or dining room, which tends to fuse these two very distinct areas into one. Here are a few ideas to help you design an attractive entrance with a personality all its own!
Define the area
Separate the entranceway from adjoining rooms using furniture, such as a folding screen, a bookcase or a table. For a contemporary look, install a partition. Various materials can be used to create an original divider, including wood beams, glass blocks, blinds or even weathered planks
from an old barn, as long as the finished product harmonizes with the rest of your decor
Another way to distinguish the entranceway from adjacent rooms is by using a different type of floor covering. This can be achieved simply with an area rug, or by installing ceramic tiles or another type of flooring. The idea is to create a trajectory from the door towards other rooms in the home
Create a centrepiece
If you have sufficient space, place a table, plant or a work of art
in the middle of the entrance. The object itself will act to separate the foyer from nearby rooms and add an elegant touch to your decor.
We know that colour can be used to brighten up a room as well as delineate a space
. This also applies in an open-plan concept, provided that the chosen accent colour is repeated elsewhere from place to place. Though each area of the home has its own unique character, the overall decor should flow seamlessly from one room to the next. Choose a complementary accent colour
for the back wall of the entrance.
Also, decorative hooks for coats and a bench are a practical addition, both for putting on and removing shoes as well as storing footwear neatly out of the way.