How to bring a touch of el­e­gance to your en­try­way

Edmonton Sun - - HOMES - By Scott Mcgil­livray

Be­yond your front door, your foyer or en­try­way sets the tone for your en­tire home, cre­at­ing a first im­pres­sion of your in­te­rior liv­ing space. But while in­spi­ra­tion abounds for the main rooms in the home, the front foyer is of­ten over­looked. This missed op­por­tu­nity holds great po­ten­tial. Think of it like the first para­graph of an amaz­ing story. It should be stim­u­lat­ing and invit­ing, en­cour­ag­ing us to dis­cover more of what lies within.

El­e­vat­ing this space from ig­nored to im­pact­ful is eas­ier than you think. It sim­ply re­quires bring­ing in el­e­ments of el­e­gance you might al­ready be us­ing in other ar­eas of your home.

By far, the eas­i­est way to do this is with paint. I like Para Paints’ de­signer-in­spired seren­ity colour col­lec­tion pal­ette to cre­ate a tran­quil space that feels just a lit­tle bit luxe. When it comes to paint colours, my favourite pair­ing is Glam­our (405 A), bal­anced by the darker stone Mala­chite (405 E) and the fresh­ness of White De­sign (WH 01), per­fect for trim. This combo in­stantly cre­ates an up­scale so­phis­ti­ca­tion to make your foyer feel wor­thy of any home dé­cor magazine’s chic and glossy pages.

With paint as your foun­da­tion, com­ple­ment the beau­ti­fully painted walls and trim with sleek, stylish fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories to com­plete the look. Opt for a con­sole, foyer or sofa ta­ble with clean lines to act as an an­chor. A mir­ror can serve as a state­ment piece, bring­ing the il­lu­sion of light and space. El­e­gant ad­di­tions can in­clude fresh flow­ers, a tufted bench, sconces, vases or art­work.

What­ever your style, your home’s foyer should be a strik­ing space with colour that evokes feel­ing. It should serve as a pre­view, in­spir­ing guests to an­tic­i­pate the beauty be­yond its wel­com­ing pref­ace. Scott Mcgil­livray is the host of the hit HGTV se­ries In­come Prop­erty and Mov­ing the Mcgillivrays, a real es­tate in­vestor, con­trac­tor, au­thor and ed­u­ca­tor. (NC)

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El­e­vat­ing this space from ig­nored to im­pact­ful is eas­ier than you think. It sim­ply re­quires bring­ing in el­e­ments of el­e­gance you might al­ready be us­ing in other ar­eas of your home.

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