Using Pattern to Connect the Foyer with the House
The foyer can be a wonderfully warm and welcoming introduction to a home. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget that the transition from foyer to house should be a smooth and well planned one. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to make the transition smoother and create a flow from front foyer to living space. Using pattern to connect the foyer with the house is one such way.
Patterns create a focal point in a room. In a foyer, a pattern can provide a smooth transition into a home by connecting the outside world with the interior decor. This will help those who enter the space to feel a sense of continuity from one area to the next. Consider some of the patterns below when attempting to connect the foyer with the rest of the house.
Leaves are available in many different home decor elements. From wall paper to framed prints to fabric covers on cushions and pillows, leaves of all shapes and sizes can be found. Consider placing a silver leaf dish on the foyer table where a vase of fresh flowers and leaves can also be found. As the foyer transitions into the living area or hall, hang framed pressed leaves on the walls for decoration. When moving further into the room have a pillow covered in a delicate leaf print brocade. The continuity of the leaf pattern throughout the space will draw the guest in and create a welcoming feel.
Do not underestimate the power of color patterns in a house. A warm, rich butter color in the foyer can slowly transition into a slightly paler yellow living room, and, ultimately, a creamy yellow kitchen. The flow of color from the entry way to the back of the house pulls a person from room to room without a harsh transition between spaces.
Stripes or swatches of color can work just as well when trying to create a pattern throughout the house. Choose a color that can be incorporated into wall and window treatments, fabric choices and accessories. Even small pieces that have the chosen color in them will make a visual impact and create a feeling of continuity.
The use of wood in patterns is ideal for older homes. An inlaid wood floor in the front foyer is typical of many turn of the century homes. The colors of the wood can then be carried through the rest of the house in not only the flooring, but in the furniture and accessories. A large wooden bowl on a living room coffee table in the same light pine as the foyer inlay will draw the guest's eye into the room from the entryway. Cherry chair legs will continue the cherry wood pattern in the foyer's front door or crown molding. Use the available wood tones to create a pattern that is warm and welcoming.
Patterns do not necessarily have to be the same shade or color. Textures and subject matters also create beautiful patterns that can tie a foyer in with the rest of the house. Be creative when creating a pattern and look for subtle ways to incorporate it from room to room.