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Q My condo front foyer has direct access to five rooms and one corridor. Is there any way to make it look less like a “hall of doors’?
–Jon Davis, Markham, Ont.

A Paint the doors and the trim the same colour as the walls to avoid accentuating the doors. Don’t use any decorative hardware, either, since it will draw the eye. If there’s an opportunity to place some furniture on the end wall of the foyer, use a console table with a mirror and, on both ends, buffet lamps. This will help create horizontal balance. You may even want to turn the foyer into a gallery by placing artwork or photographs horizontally. In this design solution, the doors become wall space, as well, which means you can hang pieces on them, too.