Many homeowners are unsure of how to decorate their 2 story foyer.

Many homeowners are unsure of how to decorate their two story entryway.  Tall foyers are puzzling because there is a lot of space but not much room for furniture,  These foyers have tall walls of drywall, large front doors, archways and staircases that extend out into the foyer.  That is a lot of elements to deal with.  The best way to solve the problem is to break it down into the parts of a room.


Most two story foyers have large expanses of drywall.  This is a great place for large artwork (see photo below).  It is better to use fewer large pieces rather than a lot of small items.  Too many small pieces will look busy.  Don’t be afraid to go big.  This will give your foyer the WOW factor.


There is usually room for a foyer table or a chest.  Use something special.  The foyer is everyone’s first impression of your home and why not make it extraordinary? Choose a chest or table that says something about your personal style.

The floor of the foyer should also have a beautiful rug. There might also be a place for a pedestal with a piece of art on it.  Again, use pieces that are special but do not use too many. In a large foyer, a pedestal on each side of the doorway also can look great.

In the photo above the highlight of this foyer is the magnificent hand-carved mahogany table with an inlaid top adorned with a fabulous floral.

This foyer makes a statement with this curvy, glamorous, crackle turquoise chest.

This bronze statue was selected to offer a warm welcoming feeling to guests.


Ceilings are sometimes forgotten in interior design.  The ceiling of a foyer is a great place to add detail. A built up multi-piece crown molding can add drama to your tall foyer.  A large dramatic chandelier can really make your room.  Make sure your chandelier is properly sized.


The beautiful barrel vaulted ceiling has a hand painted Ulladarni chandelier that is the highlight of the foyer.


Now what needs to be done in your foyer is to make selections that compliment each other.  This is the hardest part and this is where a professional interior designer can be a great help.  Most designers have great sources for artwork, rugs, lighting, furniture and some are good at architectural detailing.

Decorating a two story foyer is difficult, but if done properly, it can be spectacular. Check out this blog for more two story foyer decorating ideas.


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