Foyers ~ The eyes to your Home!

Ever walk into a home and gasp!  I have. Innumerable times. Sometimes in real peoples’ homes, sometimes in show-homes and sometimes in hotels and commercial buildings. I love the anticipation of a foyer. The tale of the unknown that begins to unfold when passing over a threshold!

It’s only secondary to the curb appeal and of course your front door and related landscaping, but how often have you stood on an incredible porch surrounded by stone, two-story arches and 4′ tall hanging pendants only to get your first glimpse of what lays beyond..and be totally disappointed? Well, this is either the big miss or the big hit! Often, the neighborhood girl scout selling her cookies won’t get beyond this mysterious place, but nothing like a little teaser to let the imagination run wild!

Foyers should never, ever be cluttered! A  foyer can be grand even when not so grand in stature, by being classic and inviting! Here are some fabulous foyers that I hope you’ll enjoy!

This is somewhat simple, but stunning and make a big impression for a medium size foyer.

I adore seating in a foyer, such a wonderful and ‘soft’ way to welcome guests. Although this Foyer is narrow, it has been staged beautifully.

Don’t you just adore the cheerfulness of this entryway? Immediately, you simply must cheer up! Whomever lives here likes to have guests!

This Foyer is by Florida Design. The dramatic tangerine color in an adjoining room play off the neutral tones in the actual Foyer. A stunner for sure!

Another Foyer which appears so striking because of the bold use of color! Color is the single most simple way to add drama or impact to a space!

A more typical Foyer in regards to size yet stylishly appointed.

As you may have discerned, I like a ‘crisp’ foyer, not to say that the ornate ones leave me sad, just that there is sometimes the overwhelming, over colorful or overly decorated space that leaves no place for the eye to REST!  Giving the eye a place to rest is mental relaxation. If the foyer is too busy, it will not invoke a sense of peace in your home, and we all know how important that is! I hope this post has inspired  you to take a second look at your Foyer.

Thanks for stopping by – Chatti Patti – Till next time and leave me a message if you wish. #Cincinnati, Ohio

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Decorating with Lamps!

Accessorizing with lamps and lighting can actually make or break the outcome of your space. Lighting is one of the most important components of good interior design, not singularly for the function(s) the lighting fixtures serve, but for the finishing touch they give to ‘create’ the ambience of the room. Yes, light can be ambient lighting, but the overall ambience of the room may very well hinge on the lighting that you select. Do not skimp here or ignore this important aspect of the room’s design. Did I mention the importance of it? Here, the focus is on table lamps and if you are a bit uncertain about what shape or style to select, call your designer, but in the meantime, take a look below.

Conventional in size, shape and style, the lamp below is what I would term a ‘true transitional’ lamp. It’s a little nondescript in my opinion, but will shed some light on your table so to speak and looks nice.

This lamp is very ‘organic’. This would look very out of place in room that is not organic! It looks like fossils to me and the burlap shade lends to the casualness of it. I can see this lamp atop a buffet in the foyer of a seafood restaurant.

A wonderful example of a ‘masculine’ style. Oftentimes designers have the task of decorating a bachelor’s residence or even a study. This is a younger version of a men’s study lamp.

Ahh, my favorite one so far. This lamp exudes class, distinction, originality and interest all at once! The black shade gives it an upscale look as does the golden tones in the body and in the stone base. I would buy this lamp. I would tell you it is for a traditional setting.

Modern and intersting. Lamps should always be interesting in my opinion. Instead of just a shiny column, it has a fish scale appearance and would look great in a multitude of settings. Somewhat modern and with it’s circular column could fit right into a contemporary setting.

Clean lines and a square shape make this a modern must have! Lots of texture in both the shade and body. An excellent addition for your room, could even be used in a transitional setting!

This lamp lends itself to a rustic environment, very casual, appears to have texture in both shade and body like the one above. Would look absolutely great in a room next to a leather sofa!

The soft glass body of this lamp allows you to place this in a contemporary space, yet the style remains classic.  Contemporary lamps will usually have more curves over a modern lamp which will tend to have straighter lines. This would work as an excellent bedroom table lamp as a pair on a dresser or next to the bed.

Be creative when selecting your lighting and vary the heights of your lamps. Make sure if a lamp is being used for reading that the lamp is tall enough to provide sufficient light for tasks, but the shade should be below eye level or glare from the light bulb will be blinding. This can be achieved either by the lamp height itself or the height of the table. You do not need to have matching lamps in a room, please! Just keep in mind the general design concept and the mood you are trying to capture!

Pictures via Currey & Company

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