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By Ann Moore-Spencer
YOU DO NOT GET A SECOND CHANCE to make a first
impression. So when your visitor enters your home (or
room) let that moment count. What impression do you
want to make? How do you want your space to be re-
garded? You have ten seconds.
The beginning. Their impression begins at the door. A
stylish door grabs their interest; daring them to wonder
what's behind. Do you want your guests to be en-
thralled, welcomed, intimidated, comfortable, relaxed?
Begin the journey with your entry door.
Be sociable and inviting. A good idea is to provide
somewhere to rest --- a sofa, a stool, a chair --- whatever
your space can accommodate. Your space should say
hello and have a sense of entry. Plants and flowers are
naturally elegant and welcoming.
Rein in the clutter. Have somewhere to place your mail,
umbrellas, shoes, bags and keys. Use a console or sofa
table that is compatible with your décor. Make it inter-
esting. Use baskets, boxes and trays to corral clutter. If
space permits, cater for closet space for all family
members for jackets, shoes, bags, etc. Storage benches
and ottomans can serve double duty.
Provide eye candy. Something interesting, pleasant
and impacting for your guests to look at. A painting, a
photo gallery, sculpture or some other art is appropriate
here. Let it be something that is very much 'you'. Con-
sider the size of the walls and let your display be in pro-
portion. Group smaller items such as photos to make
one big statement. Art that is too large can also be
overpowering. If your guests may have cause to linger
or wait here, give them something to admire and ap-
preciate. A mirror is an idea for small foyers. Mirrors can
visually enlarge your space and it's great to have a last
look before you leave your home.
Good lighting. A foyer should be well lit. In addition to
the illumination function, lighting sets the mood. I sug-
gest you install dimmers so you can switch from bright
light to low light as the mood or occasion dictates. In-
stead of run-of-the-mill lighting, what about a pendant
light or even a chandelier! Grand, huh? To clear most
heads, install about 6 feet 9 inches to 7 feet from the
floor. Also consider natural light for a more open and
welcoming aura. Side lights at the sides of your door,
windows and skylights offer opportunities for natural
light. For privacy and security, sheer window treat-
ments or opaque glass will distort the view from out-
side in while allowing the light to shine through.
Depending on your space, all you may need is a table
lamp. Make a design statement and get a lamp with an
interesting shade or base. It will serve as a sculptural
Colour. No single factor can influence your entry decor
as colour. Your entry colour(s) should complement the
decor in your home. Let it set the tone for the room
that your guests are most likely to enter after they exit
your foyer or that they have line of sight of from your
entry. It can accent, complement or introduce.
Floors. An area rug or runner can also soften the space
and inject some style: another opportunity to showcase
your design style. Your rug or runner should not 'carpet'
the space. Leave about 12 inches minimum on both
sides; it should be about 18 inches to 24 inches shorter.
The key is to maintain the relationship with the perime-
ter of the space and to reduce the risk of tripping over
the edges. Consider outdoor carpeting or a rug for dura-
bility. Punch it up a notch by designing your own cus-
tom carpet. It is a small space. You just may be able to
afford it. Don't forget an entry mat.
Make it all count. Just like any other room, you have
decorating opportunities for floor to ceiling: your entry
door, walls, floors, ceilings and all the possible furnish-
ings and accessories that you can add to all these sur-
faces. Your design should be well balanced, functional
and stylish. Make those first 10 seconds count. Even
though you may not have the luxury of a large entry, you
can have a grand impression.
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A good idea is to provide
somewhere to rest --- a
sofa, a stool, a chair ---
whatever your space can
accommodate. Your space
should say hello and have
a sense of entry. Plants
and flowers are naturally
elegant and welcoming."
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