How to Decorate a Hall Table

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Your foyer and the table you decorate there serve as guests' first impression of your home. Make an impression to reflect your home's décor and your esteem for visitors. Apply a principle of simplicity to avoid overwhelming what generally is a small space and your guests' sensibilities. Use color and design on an entry hall table to create an atmosphere of invitation and warmth.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative mirror
  • Framed family photographs
  • Lamp
  • Bowl
  • Vase
  • Fresh flowers
  • Provide a backdrop for your foyer table. Hang a decorative mirror above the table, reflecting a room beyond to create a sense of space in a small foyer.

  • Place a table consistent with the décor of the room into which your entry hall opens. Use, for example, a rustic table or a table fashioned from aspen wood if you have a mountain or country décor in your den or great room. Decorate a table the right size for the space. Leave adequate wall space on either side of the table to avoid overwhelming the space.

  • Introduce guests to your family as they arrive. Arrange a collage of framed family photos. Use varying sizes and shapes of frames, greeting visitors with images of the people and pets you hold dearest.

  • Place an attractive lamp on the table to light your entry hall as evening shadows draw. Make a dramatic statement with the style of lamp you choose. Place, for example, an art deco lamp on a black or white entry hall table for dramatic contrast.

  • Place a decorative bowl for keys on the table. Keep fresh flowers in a simple, yet attractive, vase as welcoming elements for family and friends.

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