Personally I think there’s no place like home and as soon as you open the door to your home it should allow you to transition from outside forces and provide a retreat that welcomes you with open arms. So whether you have a grand foyer with a soaring ceiling or a small space just inside your door, how you furnish your foyer provides an opportunity to create the type of environment or first impression that conveys the mood you desire to greet anyone who enters your home. Here are a number of foyers that are not only welcoming but makes you want to know what the other rooms would be like if you had the opportunity to venture beyond the spaces shown.
I would guess that most everybody has a favorite color and often times our choices in clothing or our home décor are inspired by our personal favorites. When you think about it, much like people, colors have distinctive personality attributes. Some are deep and vibrant, while others are subtle and subdued. So I was recently reading an interesting article on how colors can have an impact on our moods and I decided to take a look at how various colors used in a typical home decorating scheme may trigger certain emotions or amp up the personality of a room based on findings and research conducted in the field of color psychology. Here’s what I learned about the following colors:
One of the things that I’ve mentioned in quite a few of the previous posts is the inclusion of foundational investment pieces in a homes interior design, which means nothing more than including well made high quality furnishings. Of course quality comes at a cost which is why I think it’s a good idea to have a mix of furnishings at various price points to balance out the cost of furnishing or designing a home’s interior. This is especially true if your budget is limited. Not everyone can afford to have the best of everything immediately so a slow steady approach that begins with a mix of furniture that will be kept for the long term and trendier less expensive pieces that will eventually be replaced over a period of time is a smart option.
When it comes to design I have a love of the neoclassical era which spans the late 18th to early 19th centuries. This is also known as the English Regency, French Regency or Georgian periods of design. I bring this up because I recently scored a Hepplewhite inspired drop-top demilune game table which looks like it had a very hard life for the mere sum of $21.00. Every once in a while I like to take on rehab projects just to push myself into developing talents that are deeply buried. I already have the large frame that will one day become the mirror that will be paired with my new find. I feel encouraged by the fact that I have found similar original circa 1780 to 1810 and early 20th century reproductions that are either for sale or have been sold at auction at prices that range from $1150.00 to $2000.00. Not a bad return on investment for a healthy dose of elbow grease and time.