Curb appeal is certainly important when it comes to attracting buyers to your property. But their very first interaction with the house will actually be in the foyer. The door opens, they step in, and get their first glimpse of the space. Creating a warm and inviting foyer can captivate the prospective buyer or tenant and give them a positive first impression. Whether you're staging your latest fix-and-flip or trying to market a rental, learn how to maximize your foyer space so interested parties are excited to see more.
What is a foyer?
A foyer, in its most basic form, is the entry into a house. Depending on the style and size of the home or apartment, it may be a fairly large room, a hallway, a vestibule, or a small passage that leads to the other rooms. Regardless of the size, this is your opportunity as an investor to capture their attention and visualize themselves living there. While it may not be the practical lived-in space, it should not be overlooked when staging a flip or rental.
How to stage a foyer
Regardless of the size of your foyer, lighting should be a top focus, it should be well lit. If the space is dark, it can make it feel cramped and even dirty. Not what an investor wants the first impression to be. Change out old outdated lighting with wall sconces, a chandelier, or other stylish lighting that matches the decor of the rest of the house. It should be warm and bright but not overly harsh lighting.
Accessorize, don't clutter. Make sure all of the pieces you include are appropriately sized for the space. An amazing antique chest converted into a storage and seating bench may seem like a great idea, but if it fills half the foyer, it can do more harm than good. The goal is to make it feel open and inviting. Pick a focal point, whether it's the center of the room or the wall next to the door. This will be the space to draw the buyer's attention and incorporate many of the decor items mentioned below.
Decor items for a foyer
- Rugs will give warmth and style to the space. Choose something neutral but still trendy, and avoid light colors, as they easily show dirt.
- Tables are a great place to arrange a few accessories. Make sure it doesn't overwhelm the space by being too large or bulky.
- Wall hooks for purses, briefcases, backpacks, and coats are always a must. Try tying the hook finish in with the lighting and door handle for a cohesive look.
- Mirrors bring light to a space, making it feel more open and bright. Try to place it in a location so that it reflects a nearby room or bright window.
- A vase with flowers can bring life to the space. No one wants to see a dusty sprig of plastic flowers, so make sure to use fresh flowers and change out as frequently as needed.
- Candles can add a delicate and clean scent along with warm ambiance. Make sure to choose an unobtrusive, fairly neutral scent so no one is overwhelmed.
- Storage areas, although not necessary for selling or renting, allow prospective buyers to visualize themselves living there. Shoe storage or a spot to put mail adds a nice finishing touch.
People are quick to judge and slow to change their minds. It's human nature. Play to this tendency by maximizing your home's foyer for a good first impression. If you have an eye for decorating, you can certainly accessorize to your heart's content, but there are also professional staging companies you can hire that have the experience to perfect the design for the greatest effect. Once the stage is set, it'll be much easier to get the buyer to sign on the dotted line.