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Upgrade Your Entryway to a Full-Blown Foyer
In many floor plans, the entryway is where the front door is located and there’s not much else to it, but you can turn any entrance into a foyer with a bit of creativity and smart décor.</br></br>Technically speaking, a foyer is an entryway where people are greeted and maybe even hang out before proceeding further into a home. So, the key to creating a foyer is to – you guessed it – give them something to do while they’re standing around.</br></br>Here are some ideas on how to turn an entrance into an experience.</br></br><strong>Open your closet – permanently. </strong></br></br><a title="Hall Trees" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/entryway-furniture/coat-racks/type/hall-tree/" target="_blank">Hall trees and coat racks</a> provide a place for people to hang their coats, hats and other outdoor accoutrements, but sometimes there’s just no room for one. If that’s the case, but you have a closet next to the front entrance, consider what it would look like to take the door off of it. Seriously.</br></br>It’s a radical step that eliminates its use to store unsightly junk, but with a few tweaks an “open-faced” closet can look very good.</br></br><strong>Don’t pass on the looking glass.</strong></br></br>People often like to check their appearance upon arrival and departure, which makes an entryway mirror a décor piece that adds both functionality and flavor.</br></br>The key is to choose a mirror that’s not merely decorative. Your entryway lighting and wall space will be determining factors here, because you’ll want to pick a design that’s big enough to use, but still fits well in the area that receives the best light.</br></br><strong>Add a seat to get ‘em off their feet.</strong></br></br>An entryway bench really helps establish the space as a foyer; a place where guests are free to linger and relax as long as they want. Even if they don’t sit down, a place to sit always conveys a comforting, welcoming vibe.</br></br><a title="Entryway Benches" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/entryway-furniture/entryway-benches/" target="_blank">Entryway benches</a> are even more apropos for those who insist that their guests remove their shoes before walking on the carpet. No one’s judging you – but a bench would be nice.</br></br><strong>Showcase some art or sweet family photos.</strong></br></br>You can give your entryway more of a zip code by adding engaging art or photos that make people feel at home, or at least give them a clue about what to expect in your home.</br></br>Use these more personal décor items to complement the rest and people will enjoy it all the more when they walk through your front door.