Finding the perfect rug for a large foyer

Decorating Dilemma:

Hi, We have a two story house with a large foyer! I need a 6’x12′ rug to cover the tile! It needs a lot of decorating and I do not know where to begin! See attachment.


Style Studio Solution:

What a beautiful house! It’s got great bones, so your job is easy.

You’ve got a couple options for your foyer rug and your decision will depend on what style you like and what’s going to go well with the rest of your decor. A few questions to ask yourself:

1. are there kids coming in and out of this entrance a lot?
2. do you love a lot of color and/or pattern?
3. do you lean toward a more traditional look or do you like to mix in a dash of modern?

If you have kids or a lot of traffic here, you probably want to lean towards an indoor/outdoor rug. It will stand up to the abuse and will be easy to clean. One of our FAVORITES is the new Chevron rug (RW211). It’s available in a sand/gray color way that would pick up the beautiful color of the stone that edges out your room. Plus it is super affordable (5’x7′ = $99). Here’s a pic of it as a runner in an entry:



If you prefer a more traditional look, the Ravello Rug (RW208) also has a pretty grey colorway that would look great with all of your tile.

Here’s a shot of it in use on a covered porch:


Ravello Rug, RW208


If the foyer will handle lighter traffic, you could opt for a more traditional construction and style. We recommend keeping it fairly neutral, picking up the gray and cream tones. If you have color in the adjoining room it would work to incorporate a bit of that color into the rug too. Here are a few options to get you started:



You can’t go wrong with any of these choices. Be sure to use a rug pad to keep the rug in place.


Good luck!

The Style Studio Team

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    July 19, 2012

    Hi Gina! We are so excited that you have found Ballard Designs and are glad to help you with your decorating dilemma. If you want to send us some photos and tell us all about it (, our Style Studio Team will be glad to share decorating advice. Can’t wait to see your home!

    The Style Studio Team

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    Gina Amante

    July 19, 2012

    Hi! I just discovered Ballard and ordered a few things. We are in a new home, and also have a foyer we are not quite sure what to do with. Do you provide design services? (ie. if I sent a photo, could you provide ideas for ours as well?) Thanks! Love your style! 🙂