The foyer is one of the easiest parts of the home for busy homeowners to overlook, which often results in a neglected appearance that's anything but welcoming. However, coming home to a neglected entryway ever night after a long, hard day at work can get the evening started off on a negative note, and a drab entryway puts a damper on entertaining.  Following are just five of the many ways that you can create a foyer to be proud of. 

A Small Seating Area 

A small seating area in the foyer provides both aesthetic and practical appeal. An antique or antique-style bench or chair looks warm and welcoming as well as provides a place for you, family members, and guests to remove outdoor footwear. 

New Entry Doors

Few things breathe new life into a neglected foyer better than new entry doors. For instance, if your foyer tends to be dark and drab, consider letting the light shine in by having a door installed that features lots of glass. You can also choose to bring some an artistic accent into your entryway by selection a door with stained glass window panes. As an added benefit, getting a new entryway door may result in savings on energy costs. Modern doors are made of heavily insulated materials and incorporate built-in weather stripping to keep cold air out in winter and hot air out in summer. 

Art on the Walls

A good wall hanging or painting makes any entryway look polished and pulled together. Choose something colorful and upbeat that makes you feel good when you look at it -- after all, it will greet you every day when you come home. Your local Saturday market probably has lots of possibilities for something to place on the wall of your foyer. 

Shelving or a Small Table

A small table provides a place to put your keys, the mail, your purse, your briefcase, your laptop, or anything else you're carrying when you first enter your home. This gives you an opportunity to have your hands free while you remove outwear such as coats and jackets or outdoor footwear. It can also hold a small lamp that provides the foyer with a welcoming glow. 

A Houseplant 

A houseplant provides a fresh green accent to any foyer. Peace lilies are excellent choices for low light situations, but if your foyer has abundant natural light, you can make a stunning statement by growing a Meyer lemon tree, colorful Coleus plants, or dramatic Aloe Veras.