Fun ways to decorate the foyer.

Fun ways to decorate the foyer.

Try these 5 Chic Decor Touches to Enhance Your Foyer

The entranceway to your home sets the tone for the rest of your house. Add warmth and a personal DIY touch to that boring foyer in your home. With design shows taking over the TV world by storm ( “Trading Spaces,” “Divine Design”) it’s so easy to make that Plain Jane area come to life.

Photo Collage Wall

Everyone is plugging in digitally to see the latest trends in home decor and lifestyle. A new trend on Pinterest is the photo collage wall. You can do this to your preference — different shapes and sizes, different colors, mixing frames and mirrors, or even using multiples of the same frame. You can make the collage abstract or neat and tidy. If you’re hanging photos along the wall of the staircase, Stylelist Home recommends that you hang the photos in an ascending style along the staircase.

Use a Bench to Fill Up That Empty Wall

Pair it with a dark rug, which will easily hide that high-traffic area. You can even add drapery to those windows near the door, giving your design extra volume and texture. By using a bench, it also makes the room appear larger, so this works great for those wanting to add the appearance of square footage. Mix it up a bit by building a bench using an old door or headboard.

Dress Up That Staircase!

Turn that boring staircase area into a reading nook. If your staircase has a 90 degree angle like pictured on Houzz (connecting the staircase to the wall), it makes for the perfect seating area for reading or entertaining guests. By adding built-in seating (think window seat) decorated with plush cushioning and decorative pillows with a side table and mirrors to match, you can transform that boring corner into a must-see staple of your home.

Decorate with Reclaimed Barn Wood or Pallets

A popular DIY project floating around the Web is using reclaimed barn wood or pallets to give your home a country-chic vibe. You can easily transform that old wood with paint of stain, both of which add a richness that your other furniture will envy. Use the reclaimed furniture or pallets as an entryway table and accent it with flowers, picture frames or a lamp.

Organize a Small Space with Storage

You can easily transform that foyer area into a mudroom with a few simple things you can find at any hardware store: paint, hooks, baskets and bead boarding. Using a bead board on your wall adds instant flair.

For a small space, incorporate a bench, hooks and storage baskets for shoes that easily fit underneath the bench. If you have a large wall, you can put in a standalone storage unit, which can hold jackets, boots, umbrellas and the like. If you’re looking for something permanent, put in a built-in bench with shelving options for shoes. Dolling up your home the DIY-way is a snap. With a little creativity and some handy accessories you’ll be sure to transform the welcoming experience for your guests.

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