A foyer is a transitional space that connects the inner world with the outer world–an extended threshold like the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
As such, it is a place where adding greenery in the form of potted plants, bouquets, dried floral arrangements, or branches reminds us that we are coming or going. The above image is a poignant example, providing both greenery for the styled foyer, as well as highlighting the middle ground that is an entryway.
Tables and often chests are convenient in foyers because they provide a spot for storing or setting things down that we may carry out or bring in with us in our everyday, briefly nomadic lives.
Foyers needn’t be anything fancy or only found in big homes. They exist as a portable concept, and you can set one up simply with suitable seating and some coat hooks, a coat rack, and/or an umbrella stand. The idea is to create a place for waiting comfortably, or to catch your breath.
Mirrors are an important part of foyers that are sometimes overlooked or blocked by displays (of greenery, no less). A clear view of ourselves before leaving or entering a place allows us to prepare for the outside world or to be received as guests. The practicality of a mirror is disguised by its beauty as a decorative object, but don’t be fooled.
Do consider a lovely rug or easy-to-clean floor surfaces for your foyer. The entryway not only serves up a first impression (and promise) of your space, it’s also the in-between guardian between civilization and nature.
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