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3 Tile Foyer Ideas That Will Make a Lasting First

If you want to create a lasting first impression on guests, thinking about foyer ideas is a great place to start. The entryway to your home is the first thing guests see upon arrival, and it will set the tone for the rest of your home. Stunning tile walls and flooring in the entrance hall can spark interest in the rest of the home. Thanks to the diversity of tile products available, you'll easily be able to create a foyer that's welcoming and that reflects your personality.

For starters, make the foyer walls and flooring the stars of the show in your home. Start with the mood you're trying to create, whether that's traditional, modern, or something in between. Then, choose tile that reflects those themes.

Photo features Arbor House in Ebony Wood on the floor.


If you're going for a classic look, you might want to select natural stone tile, which will give your entryway a modern look with a hint of warmth and style. Slate, marble, quartzite, limestone, and travertine are all natural stone, available in various sizes and shapes. Each option conveys a different look depending on the mood you're trying to create with your foyer ideas. Marble has always been a symbol of luxury, and it will bring a level of sophistication to your entryway that's hard to beat. It comes in various colors, with distinctive veins running through it. Granite and quartzite are less opulent, but still elegant ways to make a design statement. You can opt for a classic retro combo of black and white, or try three related colors for a lively statement that's appealing to all your visitors.

Modern Flair

Modern really means an unexpected juxtaposition of textures and colors. Think of your floors and walls almost as a painter's canvas. Create a foyer that's similar to what you'd find inside a trendy, urban, hip restaurant. Mix wood-look tiles with the simplistic look of concrete-look tiles to add a contemporary dash. Combine wood-effects tile with glass tile, giving your entryway the look of a well-worn lake pier. For something even more jazzy, try bright porcelain tiles that resemble the texture of concrete for a cheery dose of entryway color. Concrete-look porcelain tile works well in odd-sized and asymmetrical entryways, and it's also easy to clean.

Rustic and Warm

For a different entryway look that's warmer, softer, and inviting, consider selecting wood-look tile that combines natural elements with the outdoors. Porcelain tile that resembles natural wood is manufactured in "planks," or rectangular tiles. These tiles easily capture the rustic look of wood sheds, old barns, and woodsy log cabins for an easy-to-maintain indoor look that's cozy and inviting. Wood-look tiles are also easier to clean than the real thing, so they are a practical solution for a room that gets wear and tear. Arbor House, Historic Bridge, and Terreno are all great choices and can be set in a linear pattern.

If the foyer is the star of the show, consider making the porch and the exterior entry the backup singers. Coordinate outdoor tile with what's inside to visually enlarge the space. Whatever you choose—traditional, modern, or a theme that's somewhere in between the two—you've got some great foyer ideas to make an astonishing statement the moment guests walk in the door and take off their coats. When they leave, the striking tile decor will make them eager to return.