Idea for area under stairs - Turn a hallway into a makeshift mudroom: If your home doesn't have a designated room for storing shoes, coats, backpacks, and the sort, built-in storage in your entryway will do just fine and make better use of the space.
light fixture for foyer Foyer Paint Color. The paint on the upper wall insets is Sherwin Williams Samovar Silver. The paint on the lower walls is Accessible Beige and the trim is Cottonwhite. Mary Cook Associates Inc.
Ok, probably just a bit too much, both in terms of the scale of the foyer (height of ceiling) and the designedness of the picture frames on the wall. But I think the staircase wall being densely-packed with family photos is iconic and essential.