6 Steps to a Fabulous Foyer

Give your guests a great first impression with a foyer that shows off your home's personality.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBefore you start the design process inside, take a good look at the area surrounding your front door.

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"Many times the outside entrance is neglected," says interior designer Lauren Jacobsen of Jacobsen Design in Studio City, Calif., "the front door is in poor condition, lighting is dim or nonexistent and plants are sparse and dying."

Make sure the area is tidy (no forgotten toys behind the bushes), freshen the front door and porch railings with a coat of paint and change out the lighting fixture if it's broken or desperately outdated. Add a potted plant or two and go with miniature varieties of common evergreens like juniper or boxwood for year-round color (and less maintenance).

Design by Kenneth Brown. Photography by Mayer Bowden Photography.