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 CaptionWhen selecting lighting for a foyer, consider a combination of fixtures.

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A chandelier combined with table lamps on a console is a traditional look for a grand two-story entry, while a smaller foyer may call for wall sconces and downlights. Regardless of your lighting combination, all fixtures should be put on dimmers, says interior designer Andreas Charalambous of FORMA Design in Washington, D.C., so that you can change the mood of the room depending on the time of day.

In the second-floor foyer pictured above, Charalambous used picture lights on a cable system to spotlight a series of photographs. The soft light washes the wall with a warm glow, enticing guests to venture upstairs.

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