First Impressions: the Foyer

Nov 14 ,



We all know how important first impressions can be and that we frequently formulate our judgement based on them. That is why a foyer is such a pivotal part of a home’s design. It sets the tone of what is to come in the rest of the home. It is an opportunity to make a statement and begin telling a story. Foyers should be welcoming and inviting to friends and family. They also need to be functional. I always like to include a place to put keys and mail. I also like to include a bench to have a place to take shoes and boots on and off.

A successful foyer will lead your eye to a focal point.  The elegant glass and metal console by Ralph Rucci and the graphic artwork by Norman Mooney create the focal point in this foyer. The Fortuny chandelier accentuates the centrality and grounds the space. A pair of vintage sconces frame the art and add sparkle. Soothing sand colored walls contrast with the clean and fresh white trim and ceiling color. The overall feeling is one of tranquility and elegance.

This Upper East Side foyer is a prelude to a glass and bronze gallery beyond. These luxurious materials create a very special experience for the visitor. I often like putting a framed mirror above a console in a foyer because the reflection expands the sense of space in a room that often does not have a window. From a functional perspective, a mirror is also great in a foyer because it allows you to take a quick look at yourself before leaving to make sure you look your best!

In this Central Park West foyer, we designed cabinetry in glass, bronze and lacquer that includes a place to display an important piece of art from our client’s collection. The shelf below the art is intended to be a functional space for keys etc.

In this Scarsdale home, we used textured limestone tile on the feature wall opposite the entrance door and designed floating walnut and parchment drawers to hang from it. The mix of finishes creates an interesting and inviting interior. This foyer may be minimal but it makes a big impact and sets the tone for the modern interior beyond.

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