Lesson 3

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Lesson 3

Entry, Foyer & Guest Bath Decorating

Foyer & Entry Decor Tips

Traffic Flow in the Entry & Foyer

Converting an Antique Dresser to a Vanity

Guest Bathroom Decor

How to Measure a Room

How to Measure Furniture

Exercise for Foyer & Guest Bath Design

  Timberframe Stairway
This wonderful timberframe home has an open stairway and balcony
in the entry. Oversized art helps to emphasizes the soaring height of the room.

The entry area to our homes should reflect the style of house that we live in, the style of interior design that flows throughout our home and should also tell a little bit about the people that live there.

One of the reasons that homes had a separate Foyer, was to cut down on drafts that would whip through the house when the front door was opened. This would actually still be a huge benefit, but rarely are there doors that close off a Foyer. It is now either an area within the Living or Great Room, or it is an open, but separate area that contains the stairway and leads into other areas of the house. One of the main benefits now of a separate Foyer, is the privacy that it provides when someone has appeared at our front door. It enables you to answer the door without the visitor seeing into your living areas.

If the front door is part of a larger room and you would like to have more privacy, there are a couple of things that you can do:

  • If you have the space, you can build a dividing wall that blocks the view from the front door. The dividing wall can be of typically wall construction or an accent material, such as glass block. This does tend to take up valuable floor space though, so unless you have space to spare, you may want to try one of the following.
  • Position a dividing screen to the side of the door which will set the entry off some.
  • Position a tall potted plant to the side of the front door.

Or, you can go with the flow and let your front door remain a part of your living area, which is what I have choose to do in my home.

Must Haves For The Front Door!

There are a few things that should be positioned near the front door to every house, regardless of whether it is a separate Foyer or not. These are:

  • Coat Closet, or a coat stand, rack, etc.
  • Table or shelf for keys and mail
  • A potted plant or greenery of some type
  • A decorative mat or rug either just outside of the or inside door

The above items should be determined according to the size or space of the entry area. Obviously, if you have limited space, you will need to go with a shelf instead of a table. Of the above, most are self-explanatory, however, you may wonder why a potted plant is included in this list. The front entry is a transition between the outdoors and the inside of your house. In order to create a soothing entry, it helps to pull some of the outdoors inside. If there is absolutely no room for a plant, you can hang some artwork that has an outdoor theme. Although, not as good as an actual plant, it still helps with the transition from outside.

Remember, that a foyer's purpose is to act as a transition and a point of welcome for you and your guests. With the exception of the exterior of your home it is the first impression people will have of your home.

The entrance hall, or the front door, is the first impression that many receive of your home. This lesson we will explore the "first impressions" we are giving people, as well as learn the correct way to measure a room and convert it to graph paper. Also, each lesson -, we will also have a "Decorating Trade Secret" that will be added to your information.

But for now, back to Foyers. Many wonderful and elegant homes do not have a separate entry or formal foyer. Just because your entry door opens into the living area doesn't mean that your home's layout is flawed. I personally designed the plan for my present home and although it is a fairly nice size (3,800 sq. ft.), I did not want a separate foyer, which I could have worked in. That was just my choice, and doesn't mean that you should or shouldn't have a separate foyer. A lot depends on the style of house that you have. So, to make a long story short, every time I say "foyer" or "entry", I'm referring to the 15 - 20 (or so) square feet around your front door.

In this class and in this lesson in particular we will be measuring using the standard system.

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