Good Questions: How Should I Finish My Foyer with Sparkle?

Good Questions: How Should I Finish My Foyer with Sparkle?

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 24, 2007

Hello AT,

I need help with my foyer. It measures 18' x 12'. I just had it painted "blushing red" by Benjamin Moore. It is a pinkish red (much darker than the photographs). There is a lacquer table in the center. I am going to get rid of the carpet and mats. But what do I do with the rest?...

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I need sparkle in the foyer so I was thinking of putting a chandlier but am afraid of making an expensive mistake. Any specifics will be much appreciated. The look of the apartment is modern but my furnishings are eclectic.

Thanks, Nuzhat

Dear Nuzhat,

This is FABULOUS! We love it and there isn't much more you need to do. This is what we would recommend:

1. Install a high contrast rug under the table such as white, nubbly modern wool or an animal print such as Zebra. The idea here is that you want the dark table to POP off the rug, so you need contrast.

2. Hang that mirror. Love it. Hang it where it is (if that wall works. It looks like it does).

3. Install a centerpiece of fresh flowers/branches that change every two weeks. Again, you want high contrast (and your "sparkle") against the dark table, so look for a light or bright tray under a glass vase, and then position the flowers to lift high, so that they are upright and tall.

We would avoid the pendant or anything more than this for now. The color on the walls is remarkable and all you need is to finish the centerpiece - the table - so that it pulls your attention as you walk in.

Anyone else??

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