Decorating Dilemmas: Katie’s Foyer

Decorating a narrow front entry

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear Decorating Dilemma Team,

We have a very narrow foyer, and we’re having a hard time pulling it together to make it welcoming. It needs a rug and artwork. To the left of the entry is the formal living room and to the right is the dining room. We also need a larger light, but it cannot be too long because the ceiling is lower where the light hangs!

I got a small table for the area, and I have mirrors and artwork. How do I add other items and accessories so they make enough of an impact? As for the rug we need, we aren’t sure if we should put a rug in front of the double doors or just leave that alone and put a runner to the side of the stairs?

Thanks in advance for your help!!


Katie's narrow foyer needs help

Katie's narrow foyer needs help

Katie's narrow foyer needs help

Dear Katie,

Often times styling a home is intimidating, but just like putting together any good outfit the accessories complete the look.

We love the bold colors in the tall art work currently in the formal living room and would like to use that as inspiration to connect all the rooms. The size doesn’t seem to fit in its existing position, so consider moving it to the foyer above the smaller table. In its place, hang four Antique Aviary Prints to carry the bold colors into the adjoining room. These prints feature beautiful jewel-toned birds, butterflies, and flowers. Above the sofa, an Alesia Mirror flanked by two Elise Candle Sconces will create an understated elegance that will brighten up the room.

In the foyer, the Hadley 4-Light Pendant Chandelier is the perfect choice as it will make a great visual impact with its openness and simple lines. The chain can be adjusted to the correct height since your ceiling is lower where the light hangs.

Just like the art, the rugs need to coordinate in each space. The gold background in a runner blue Granada Rug positioned in front of the double door will bring out the Dijon tones in the Tabitha Rug in the living room.

Pillows in soft patterns such as Arryanna Spa, Pallini Sand, and Buffalo Check Spa will look wonderful on the sofa in the living room.

Happy Decorating,

The Design Team

Decorating a narrow front entry

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Ann o sullivan

    June 27, 2015

    Where can I find an inexpensive non wool 5×7 traditional living room rug?

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Hi Ann,
      You can find TONS of well-made wool rugs here.
      Best of luck with your search!
      The How to Decorate Team