It’s been a while since I’ve done a “working with what you have” post, but I’ve gotten a few emails from readers who don’t have “official” foyers in their houses and are wondering how to deal with a front door that opens directly into the living space.
Here are a few ideas for creating a pretty—and functional—entry, even when space is limited:
With furniture placement. It’s okay to walk into a room and see the back of a sofa or a pair of chairs. Instead of “cutting off” the room, it’s actually a great way to visually create a separate entry way.
With a wall treatment. I love how Kristin used molding and wallpaper to create a pretty foyer vignette on her living room wall in the photo above. You don’t necessarily have to have a lot of wall space to make a big impact.
This homeowner took a similar approach by applying board and batten here:
Better Homes & Gardens
With accessories. This spot by the front door could function even if the chest wasn’t there. Add a textural basket, a cute boot tray, or an umbrella holder and some hooks for a pretty drop-off spot.
Without a piece of furniture. Although a chest or console is nice, you can still have functional entry without taking up valuable floor space. A ledge shelf (especially with hooks underneath) gives you a pretty spot for a bowl or flowers.
I also love how they used wallpaper to further define this small entry:
By using a big mirror. Large floor mirrors are great because they take up little space in a tight area but visually open up the space, almost adding an extra window in the room. (If you have the space, layering the mirror with a small console makes this spot work even better.)
How have you worked with a small or non-existent entryway in your home?
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