Entryway vs. Foyer

There are still some pending projects in the back entry hallway that I have to finish before the final reveal. In the meantime, I want to start on the very first room you see when you walk in our front door. But, before I can tell you more about it, I must decide what to call it. Is it a front entryway or a foyer?

According to wikipedia, an entryway is:

“a hall that is generally located at the front entrance of a house. An entryway often has a coat closet, and usually has linoleum or tile flooring rather than carpet, making it an easy-to-clean transition space between the outdoor and indoor areas.”

Wikipedia says a foyer is:

“usually a small entry area or room by the front door. Other public rooms such as the living room, dining room, and family room typically attach to it, along with any main stairway. It was initially intended as an ‘airlock’, separating the fireplace-heated rooms from the (colder, in winter) front entrance, where cold air infiltration made for cold drafts and low temperatures. It is commonly used for outer garment and umbrella storage for both residents and guests.”

The space I’m trying to label is located at the front of the house by the front door (fits both definitions), has a coat closet (entryway), has tile floor intead of carpet (entryway). The living room, kitchen and main stairway are attached to the space (foyer) and the coat closet hold our outer garments and umbrellas (foyer).

So looks like wikipedia is no help in making my decision. I’ll just go with entryway. Foyer sounds too stuffy for me.

Decision made. What do you think?


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