The foyer is the first room of your home that guests will see. Whether you have a large formal entry or a small hallway, it’s important that you make a good first impression. Plus, your family will pass through this room every time they come in and out, and there are maintenance and convenience issues to keep in mind. All of this to say, your foyer goes through more than you think. One key to having a great entry is picking the right flooring for your foyer.
Generally speaking, you’ll want a floor that’s easy to keep clean. Carpets aren’t popular for entryways because they hide dirt and stain easily if you’re coming in from mud or nasty weather. All of this can make cleaning up much more difficult than it should be. If you’re stuck with carpet, you can help make things easier on yourself by placing a rug at your doorway.
Tile is a popular entry choice, especially for small foyers separated off from the rest of the home. Cleaning it is as simple as running a broom or mop over it. Tile also delivers a neat and clean vibe that makes a great statement to anyone who enters your home. Vinyl is a cheaper option, and while it’s not as durable as tile, it can give you a similar look, and it’s equally easy to clean.
Hardwood is another great option– you’ll often see hardwood foyers in large homes with grand entries, and with good reason. It pairs remarkably well with carpet, so even if you don’t have wood floors in the rest of your home, it can look surprisingly good in your foyer. Like tile and vinyl, it’s easy to clean in the event of messes– just make sure that water doesn’t stand on it, as this can damage genuine hardwood. You may also find yourself wanting to ask guests to remove boots or other heavy shoes at the door if you’re really concerned about scratches. If you love the look of wood but don’t like its fragility or its price tag, you can get the same style in laminate flooring for a fraction of the cost, and it won’t be as likely to warp or scratch.
No matter what style flooring for your foyer you choose, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Bold tile patterns, asymmetrical designs, or a wood color that’s not found in the rest of your home can all set the foyer apart as its own space.