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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
BarbaraHawthornInteriors.com
703-241-5588

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
laurafoxinteriordesign.com
@laurafoxinteriordesign

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
purplecherry.com
instagram: @purplecherryarchitects
410-990-1700

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
interiorsbylh.com
@interiorsbylh
571-334-6476

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
whittingtondesignstudio.com
instagram.com/whittingtondesign
703-533-3705

 


Bountiful Interiors
bountifuldecor.com
facebook.com/bountifuldecor
410-763-8500

 

 


Gina Fitzsimmons
Fitzsimmons Design Associates
Fitzsimmonsdesign.com
facebook.com/fitzsimmonsdesign
instagram.com/fitzsimmonsdesign
410-269-1965

 

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