5 Cheap Ways to Makeover Your Foyer
Make an impression when guests first step through the doors of your home by sprucing up your foyer. Dramatic changes don’t need movie set budgets, although you will need some creativity and a keen sense of what you want. Once you know your preferences, giving your foyer a makeover should be a breeze. Browse through the suggestions below to brainstorm for this exciting DIY project.
Choose a Bold Colour
Weaving the colour of your liking into a room requires minimal work because it doesn’t require replacing everything in the space. You can keep the wall colour while painting the trim, for example, or keep the furniture and add a textiles in your colour scheme. It’s fast and works with much of the room’s existing decor, but you’ll be surprised how a little bit of colour can go a long way.
Fill that Empty Wall Space
Bare walls are clutter free but may seem uninspired over time. Make a statement by hanging your favourite photos on the wall:
- Purchase affordable picture frames of different styles and sizes from your local discount home furnishing store, and fill the space with colour and variety
- For a measured approach, use matching sets of frames and display select photos as a gallery would
- Hang an enlarged portrait on walls with high ceilings for those willing to make bold design choices
Aside from photos, there’s an assortment of interesting wall decorations available such as decals or flattened ornaments.
Invest your Budget in a Rug
A quality rug is so much like art that it could be hung on the walls, and in fact there are antique or rare rugs that are collected and displayed for their beauty. Instead of making small purchases, why not simplify the decision and buy one great piece that commands the room. The rug should be large enough to take up much of the space when you first walk in, and regardless of the price tag, you need to feel comfortable with guests treading on it.
One Simple Word: De-clutter
This option requires no new purchases, but you may have to part with some of your clutter, some of which may not hold any value beyond its sentimental worth. Newspapers or flyers should not be in the flyer if you want to leave your guests with a certain impression of your home. Once you remove the clutter, you can enjoy the room as it is.
Need New Furniture? Think Again
Simply re-arranging furniture can greatly alter the flow and appearance of a room. If you choose a more minimal appearance than the current state of your foyer, remove furniture from the space, perhaps into a room. Or if your foyer seems a little sparse, consider borrowing pieces from other parts of your home, like the living room or dining room. Try to work with what you have before rushing out to the stores.
Other general tips include:
- placing mirrors to give the appearance of space
- using drapes to accent the height of the room, or to frame boring windows
- also a bay window installation will make the room more inviting.
Mark Clair is a 46 year old interior designer, decorator and planner. He is a prolific writer and enjoys putting his thoughts into words on pretty much anything around that evokes an interest in him. Happily married and the father of a new born girl, Mark is now exploring the many little joys and challenges of parenthood. For more information, follow him on twitter.