Today, the web is one the most important tools for interior designers as it gives us amazing accessibility to resources and new products from around the world. In my daily browsing, I came across Interior Connector, a phenomenal site where you can find the most unique, brilliant, exciting and of-the-moment collections of furnishings, and more. It is a hub where we can find inspiration, discover the newest undercover sources and get the latest industry news. A cool feature Interior Connector offers is an array of articles by talented designers, trendsetters and tastemakers lending design tips and highlighting the latest trends. One that caught my attention is a piece on foyers and entryways by Robyn and Sara Karp, a mother-daughter design team from New York. Here's what they have to say about this important part of the home:
The foyer, or entrance hall of your home, is a great space to showcase your style and moreover, set the tone for what lies ahead. Depending on the size of your space, think about incorporating a great looking console or table (with still life) flanked by two period side chairs or benches, or, if your space is smaller, an arm chair and small side table. Here are a few pointers:
Treat your foyer like a jewel box for which to display your most unusual pieces; the foyer is a small space but packs a huge punch in terms of style.
Your foyer decoration is a great way to bring in some intimate lighting. Often foyers have high ceilings and small built-in overhead lighting that does not provide for good mood setting—don’t be afraid to bring into your foyer a statement chandelier, lamp or two or exquisite sconces. It will both highlight your furniture arrangement, and, set the tone for a warm and inviting atmosphere.
A low, tufted or other unique bench is a great piece to use —it’s both functional and stylish. Create an arrangement with two sconces flanking a large art piece or mirror above it.
Remember: When in doubt, go with symmetry. Double up sconces, framed art (pair art vertically above a console, or side by side), consoles or demi lunes (across from each other in a hallway foyer) or side chairs.
Here are some unique benches I found that would make your foyer a very welcoming space: