“I think an entry should set the tone of the house,” says D.C. designer Raji Radhakrishnan. You want it to “hint at what’s to come inside.” If your entry suggests that you’re boring and tired, don’t despair. She and designer Regan Billingsley offer their advice for a foyer that will welcome and impress guests.
A hall tree “is multifunctional — usually with a mirror, coat and hat hooks, and umbrella stand all in one,” designer Raji Radhakrishnan says. Restoration Hardware’s coat rack bench also has a seat for putting on shoes and a shelf to store them ($1,195, www.restorationhardware.com).Restoration Hardware