Foyer decorating ideas blend a functional space with an entry experience that welcomes guests. The function of a foyer includes sitting and storage, such as a small sofa or bench, a coat and hat rack with a place for shoes underneath, and a place for keys and accessories on a small table or desk. The entry experience includes an ornate mirror, a piece of artwork, an area rug and plants.
A foyer, or entryway, introduces guests to a home and makes the first impression, according to House Beautiful. The theme of the space should match the rest of the home as well as the owner's personality. A formal foyer includes a wooden table or desk, conservative wall paint color, two matching chairs or an antique sofa and a large square mirror. A casual foyer includes a painted table or chest, soft wall paint color, a painted bench and casual artwork. Close groupings of furniture and accessories are more inviting than a separated collection of items. Accessories, such as coordinating area rugs, seating pillows, lamps, assorted candle holders and candles, in addition to various overhead lighting choices, are selected to complement the theme but do not draw attention individually. Additional theme choices, according to HGTV, are modern, contemporary, traditional, eclectic and transitional. All foyer motifs contain similar pieces, but the blending of color, texture and materials provides the unique experience.