Technically, the foyer is an intermediate space between the house’s entrance and the main room of the house. Because it tends to be a bit wider than the entryway as it leads the guests or the homeowner into the house’s larger rooms, there are more options for the homeowner as to how to decorate it. Foyer furniture can stand to be a bit more roomy and showy than the furniture that’s arranged right by the door.
A Grandfather Clock
The ticking of a grandfather clock should be far from ominous for the person who's coming into the house from a cold sleety evening. A grandfather clock of course is also called a longcase clock and it has a hood, waist and base. Often it stands over six feet high. The pendulum, clock face and weights are protected behind a glass case and can be very ornate. Often, the grandfather clock is an heirloom that has been passed down in a family for generations.
A Plant Stand
The plant stand is another useful and esthetically pleasing piece of entry furniture. It’s a great place to put plants that don’t need too much light, like ferns, unless the foyer has a bright window. The stand can be made of wrought iron or aluminum and can have several tiers for the plants in their pots. This can really add some nice natural color to the interior and create a fresh feeling of the home.
A Pedestal table
A pedestal table, put close to the staircase or in the center of the foyer, is a simple piece upon which the homeowner can place an arrangement of flowers, some decorative boxes, or photographs. It might be placed right beneath the wainscot, or beneath a small mirror.
A wide foyer can accommodate this large piece of furniture without being overwhelmed. It might still be used for clothes, or crockery, or a collection of baskets and towels that the guest can use to dry themselves off with if they’re coming in from the rain. Works great as second closet for storing heavy winter clothes in the winter or placing the kids sports gear during the summer.
A Writing Desk and Chair
This desk can be as simple or ornate as the homeowner wishes. It can have a tambour top which reveals lots of tiny cubbyholes when it's rolled back. It can have graceful, curved cabriole legs or simply made legs like columns. It can hold a lamp to provide light, places for writing paper and envelopes, a blotter, a crystal stamp dispenser and maybe even an old fashioned ink set for a fountain pen. If there's room, it may even have room for a small vase of flowers, a little potted houseplant or fish bowl.