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An elegant foyer boasts Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper and a mirror from Global Views. Architecture: Purple Cherry Architects. Interior Design: Karen Renée Interior Design. Photo: David Burroughs.

First Impression

Designers reveal how to make a strong—and welcoming —statement in a foyer or entryway

Ideas from our H&D Design Partners

Barbara Hawthorn
Barbara Hawthorn Interiors

An entry should be welcoming and reflect your personal taste. The wall color, flooring, lighting, art and furnishings should be selected based on what puts a smile on your face when you enter your home. Make it personal and it will be welcoming.

—Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors

Laura Fox
Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

This is the first thing people will see coming in and the last thing they will see going out. Make it memorable yet functional. Similar to a powder room, I believe this is a space you can really have a bit of fun with.

—Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

Purple Cherry Architects
instagram: @purplecherryarchitects

A large-scale, soft yet subtle botanical wallpaper from Schumacher can set the tone for an entry space. Next, a classic Hinkley chandelier and sconces refract light against the walls. A Belgian blue-limestone floor exudes history. And the finishing touch: a David Iatesta console—French-style or contemporary, your choice!

—Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, CAS, Purple Cherry Architects

Laura Hildebrandt
Interiors by LH, LLC

The foyer needs to offer insight into what to expect in the rest of the home. If the home is grand, I like to echo that sentiment in the foyer with a beautiful chandelier. I like to include beloved objects that tell the family’s story, to remind them of their experience in the home.

—Laura Hildebrandt, IFDA, NKBA, Interiors by LH, LLC

I think the foyer really sets the tone for a home. It should flow with the architecture and style of the house, but I like it to have one statement piece—whether it be art, lighting, a beautiful piece of furniture or an area rug—that lets the space stand out.

—Kori Keyser, ASID, Keyser Interiors, Inc.

Melanie Whittington
Whittington Design Studio


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Gina Fitzsimmons
Fitzsimmons Design Associates


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