The foyer is a smaller version of a lobby, which allows more space for movement compared to a typical entryway. It may be one of the busiest areas in your home, yet can end up underutilized. Home addition contractor Advantage Contracting shares tips on how to maximize your foyer’s functionality.
Allow Ample Lighting
The relatively bigger space in a foyer makes natural light more effective. In addition to having transom and clerestory windows as well as sidelights, a foyer can have a direct line of sight with windows. The right combination of window styles and treatments can keep the foyer brightly and naturally lit. Considering that the foyer can help form a good first impression, you can get creative with evening lighting and perhaps a chandelier and a few focus lights in certain areas.
Keep the Foyer Organized
Certain home styles do not have an entryway at all; the entry door opens directly into the foyer. In many homes, the foyer also doubles as the mudroom, which means there has to be ample storage space for coats, shoes, and various types of bags. Instead of open shoe racks, consider concealed ones to keep the area clean. Replacing the bench with an ottoman gives you additional storage space. Remodeling and home addition companies recommend hidden compartments in the wall to create an even cleaner look.
A common element of Japanese homes is the genkan, a small area that connects directly to the front door, and is normally recessed into the floor. It helps avoid tracking dirt by keeping the shoes within this small area.
You can use the same concept as the genkan when your entryway doesn’t have an actual mudroom. A clearly delineated space made of a hard-wearing, low-maintenance material can help reduce the amount of dirt that gets admitted into your home. The floor material also makes it easier to clean and maintain separately.
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