Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Decorating A Foyer In Rustic Style

Wrought iron doorknocker ehances a rustic front door.

A rustic foyer welcomes you with warmth and gives you the feeling of being in a mountain lodge or a country cottage. The color palette is natural color tones of earthy brown, burnt red and orange. The furniture is heavy, made out of a distressed dark stained wood. Natural accessories such as a rack of deer antlers or fishing motifs decorate the walls. Old farm tools and antiques sit on a rough-hewn piece of lumber shelving supported by large wood corbels. The lighting is bright enough to see but not overwhelming. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Choose your focal piece for the foyer. This could be an area rug, large painting or piece of furniture. Coordinate the color scheme of the foyer from the focal piece. Paint the walls in a neutral earth tone.

2. Install pine hardwood floors with wood molding. Place an area rug centered in the foyer. Choose an area rug with an American Indian motif or an oval rag rug.

3. Install a wrought iron chandelier with electric candle lights centered on the foyer ceiling. Install several wrought iron scones on the walls. Keep the lighting level bright enough to see, but not too overwhelming.

4. Place on one wall a dark, distressed wood console piece. Hang a rustic framed mirror above the furniture piece. The mirror should be no wider than the console piece. Locate the bottom of the mirror 3 inches above the console. Place several vintage candle holders with beeswax candles on the top of the console. Place a vintage basket on the table to catch miscellaneous items.

5. Place a couple of ladder-back chairs or a rustic bench on the opposite wall, if space allows. Hang a rustic piece of artwork such as a picture of bison, wild animals or a country scene above the bench.

6. Install a shelf made out of a large piece of rough-hewn wood in the foyer. Place a fishing basket, old farm tools or other vintage items on the shelf.

7. Place a large vintage pot next to the door. Use this pot to hold umbrellas.

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