The Real Simple magazine website emphasizes that a foyer should provide a sense of welcoming and openness. To avoid the expense and hassle of a runner in the entryway, Real Simple suggests using paint to design a runner directly on wood flooring. This method also helps to camouflage wear and tear on a wood floor.
A deep color of paint on the walls of a foyer creates a background for a dramatic wall display. Real Simple suggests hanging a collection of mirrors against a dark backdrop. For a wall display that is easy on the budget, consider framing a collection of complementary wallpaper samples to hang in a foyer.
To provide insight into the people who call the house home, fill a shadowbox or a collection of shadowboxes with an assortment of family mementos, and mount them in the foyer. A single piece of art hung on a wall can also make a statement in an entryway.
Make an impact in a foyer that includes a staircase by painting the risers on the stairs with a bold color. Include a welcoming bench or pair of chairs in an entryway to add style and provide a place to set items or sit down.