Rugs are great in foyers because they add softness and (if you desire) color. They also help define the space. When choosing an area rug for an entryway make sure to get something fairly flat so that the door can easily open and close over it.
Think also about cost versus durability. A lot of people like to use old antique rugs in entryways. While they're not often cheap, the quality is usually excellent and they can handle a lot of wear and tear. Something cheaper like seagrass or jute isn't nearly as durable but it's also not nearly as expensive. A seagrass rug can easily be replaced for little money when it starts to wear down.
What's great about carpet tiles is their versatility. Tiles, such as those made by Flor, can be mixed and matched and displayed in a variety of patterns, colors and shapes. They don't slip, don't damage the floor underneath and can be easily replaced should one or several get damaged.
Painted floors are surprisingly durable and easy to maintain (provided they're sealed properly). What's really great is that painting is so versatile. You can paint an infinite number of patterns and colors and if you get tired you can simply paint over it. It's a small area so don't be afraid to try something wild and fun. Just be sure to cover it with a coat of urethane every few years to keep it looking its best.
More Flooring Ideas and Tips
- Furniture in an entryway is usually set off the rug.
- A runner is a great option for a long, narrow entryway.
- If you're actually replacing your floors and putting in something brand new consider under-floor heating. It helps keep the area dry when people track in snow and slush.
- Hardwood floors are beautiful but can be damaged by excess water. If you have hardwood floors use at least a small area rug right where people enter.
- Marble and ceramic floors are durable and can be installed in nice patterns.