We have a pretty large foyer, but it doesn't get much use, because no one ever comes to our front door. Our house is situated way up on a hill with a street directly behind it, so our back door is actually where we receive visitors. We mainly use the foyer to access the stairs leading to the bedroom level, so it is more of a space to pass through.
For a while I've been considering turning one wall of it into a gallery for my kid's art, and I came up with many complicated ways to do that. I thought about installing a large pin board covering one wall, or getting a bunch of inexpensive frames from IKEA, but the simplest solution was devised by my friend Sarah. On a recent night with my girlfriends at her house, I spied a wall that she had created with her son Oliver's (a classmate of Elliot's) artwork. She had taken an entire wall of her dining room and covered it floor to ceiling with his artwork, using nothing but a temporary adhesive of some sort (tape, poster putty? I don't know, I forgot to ask her). This, I decided was the perfect solution for our gallery-to-be.
I recently repainted the pegboard pictured to look like weathered wood. It looks darker than that, but I painted it outside next to my weathered adirondacks, so it is in fact lighter than it appears in these photos. Since we don't use the space as a traditional entry, I though it would be great for overflow from our mudroom. Right now it is serving as a place to hang our beach towels, which seem to multiply by the hour.
Keep in mind that someday we will remove this wallpaper which spans from the main floor to the attic, and will replace it with a gray-beige paint similar to the colors I often paint with. I know the gray tones of the peg rack don't go that well with the yellowish wallpaper, but for now it will have to do. Now I am contemplating painting the bench below, but haven't decided on a color just yet.
I like the way the children's artwork tones down what could normally be viewed as a fairly formal space, and would give a visitor a better glimpse of our family than wall to ceiling damask. Maybe I'll just divert our next guests to the foyer.