Your foyer is the first and last thing you see when walking through your front door, so it should leave you feeling nothing short of inspired, organized and on top of your game. After all, there’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day to an uninspiring space filled with unopened mail, piles of shoes and other miscellaneous junk waiting to be stored away. While your life might be running a million miles an hour, your foyer should be a space to pause, reflect and get

In other words: It should serve as a portal for your overall well-being, whether you’re about to tackle a busy day or getting ready to unwind at night. So how do you make such a traditionally small space feel invigorating and perfectly organized? With clever organization, pieces that serve a purpose and impactful accents, you’ll be on your way to the ultimate entryway. Ready to come home to your dream space? These foyer decor ideas are here to help.

Start with seating
Think function first: Of course you want your foyer to be bold and beautiful, but you also want it to serve its purpose. Start with an entryway bench for people to sit on, coupled with a set of hooks for anything from hats to handbags. Then you can start building to create the space you’ll love.

Layer up
The key to a truly beautiful entryway: layering. For instance, a console table will always look more put together with a pair of baskets or stools underneath it, and a mirror or artwork above it. The goal isn’t to over-accessorize, but rather to add items that are both purposeful and beautiful.

Work from the ground up
If there’s one item that can instantly transform the look of your foyer, it’s an antique rug. Worn-out Turkish rugs have a certain texture and dimension that’s often hard to find in entryways, particularly ones that have blank walls and not too much architectural impact.

Make a statement
The foyer is not the place to be subtle or neutral. Create a statement by adding a bold pop of color or a striking geometrical pattern. Or use the power of repetition to create your statement.

Make art your focus
Take advantage of the wall facing you when you walk in by hanging your favorite piece of art. This is the first thing people will see when they walk into your home, so it should be personable and purposeful. Starting with artwork is also an easy way to build a coherent color scheme for the space.

Add an accent chair
Benches and stools are usually the preferred foyer seating, but an accent chair can also be exactly what’s missing in your foyer, especially if you have an awkward corner. Use it to put down your bag when you get home or to sit down and lace your shoes up in the morning.

Light it up
Don’t just resort to a boring flush-mount light fixture – pick a pendant that will make a statement and cast a flattering light on your space (and don’t forget to put it on a dimmer). If you can only have one light source in the space, better make it a good one.

By Gabrielle Savoie, Domaine (TNS). Get the latest on home decor trends, design ideas, shopping guides and food news, and take a look inside your favorite celebrity homes on