Dramatic decorating ideas for foyers

Artworks on a grand scale can add welcome interest to otherwise dull hallways.
MARINE NEIL

Artworks on a grand scale can add welcome interest to otherwise dull hallways.

First impressions count and your entryway, no matter how small, is no exception when it comes to making your mark.

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

Interior Design 101 dictates that creating the illusion of space, especially in the most cramped conditions, is a vital element.

Break the monotony of an all-white hallway with a brightly painted front door. Notice how the colours in the adjacent ...
ARMELLE HABIB

Break the monotony of an all-white hallway with a brightly painted front door. Notice how the colours in the adjacent artwork and leadlight window complement the choice of paint colour for the door.

There are two sure-fire ways to achieve this; the first is with light and the second is with mirrors. If your entrance is particularly small and poky, then adding a mirror opposite the front door will immediately draw the natural daylight in every time you open the door.

READ MORE: Front doors that make an entrance 

Add a striking chandelier, or cluster of hanging pendants, in close proximity to the mirror will not only reflect the light it creates, but give the illusion of greater depth within the space.

NO WALLFLOWER

Bold wallpaper is a fabulous way to add instant drama to your foyer.

Especially if it's an enclosed area like a hallway or a wall directly opposite the front door, wallpaper that's a little more at the pricey end of the spectrum can provide creative licence to be more daring than you might otherwise when there's more surface area to cover.

A mirror is a great way to give an illusion of space.
JANE USSHER/NZHOUSE&GARDEN

A mirror is a great way to give an illusion of space.

Punctuate patterned walls with carefully curated pieces of furniture like a sideboard or console table in a colour that harmonises with your chosen wallpaper.

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If papering an entire wall is still too bold for your taste, simply paper the lower third of the wall below decorative wall trims and paint the remaining wall above the trim in a complementary hue.

CREATIVE CART BLANCHE

The parrot wallpaper in this Christchurch home makes a statement.
JANE USSHER/NZHOUSE&GARDEN

The parrot wallpaper in this Christchurch home makes a statement.

Hallways are the ideal canvas on which to lavish attention when it comes to art.

As a general rule, the bigger the hallway, the bigger the artworks can be. When choosing the most appropriate scale and dimensions for artwork, consider the height and width of the walls.

Where there is a luxury of space, large-scale artworks really come into their own; while narrow spaces are ideal for hanging diminutive works of art or delicate drawings that are best appreciated in close proximity.

Another option for foyers with a wall directly facing the front door is a gallery-style wall.

For a formal look use identical frames of the same size grouped together in a linear format. For a more casual look integrate different shapes and sizes tied together by a common theme, whether it be by colour palette or subject matter.

 

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