Looking to add vigor to your vestibule, fizz to your foyer? Try these easy ideas.
1. Define the space with a bold color like the red above, which exudes a warm welcome.
2. A runner draws guests into your home. Keep it clear of the furniture so the space has a feeling of openness. And don't let it extend the entire length of the hallway: You want to be sure that the front door can open freely.
3. Here's a clever trick if you don't want the hassle of cleaning a runner: Paint one on the floor instead (a simple, creative way to mask wear and tear, too).
4. Engage visitors immediately by creating an eye-catching wall display. Here, unused pieces of wallpaper are framed eclectically.
5. The same principle works beautifully with a grouping of ornamental mirrors, which has an especially dramatic effect on a dark wall.
6. For a more pared-down version of the idea, try filling a series of shadow boxes with family memorabilia, such as report cards, photos, luggage tags, and postcards.
7. Even a single piece of art can give a vestibule punch if it's the right one, like this hanging scroll with a large-scale floral print.
8. Another simple idea: Position a mirror to catch the light and bring the sun into a darker hallway. Paint the mirror a clean, crisp white for added brightness.
9. A mirror also works to create the illusion of extra space by visually expanding a contained area. Just make sure that it is in proportion to the dimensions of the foyer.
10. Lining a staircase with family photos is a classic tactic, but you can really give them impact by making a tight arrangement in frames of the same style and color, in three or four sizes.