In my dream house, we’d have a huge foyer. In this house, we don’t have one. We actually don’t have much of a foyer at all.
While it’d be really nice to have, it’s not necessary.
Our ‘foyer’ opens up right into our living room. But we’ve found ways to make it work for us.
So today I’m sharing five tips for faking an entryway when you don’t have one.
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1. Set up entryway furniture
Instead of using the whole living room space as the living room, I used part of the space near the front door to set up an entryway. Hey, if you don’t have the space, fake it!
I used this chest to anchor the space – and it adds storage, which is always a bonus.
The mirror is perfect for checking your look one last time before walking out the door.
2. Use furniture to divide the space
I set up this awesome chair to face into the living room and away from the entryway part of the room.
Doing this creates the illusion of a separate space for the entryway.
3. Face accessories into the room
We have this table of picture frames in our living room. It’s right at the end of the living room near the front door.
Instead of facing them forward, away from the wall – I have them all turned on an angle to face into the living room.
4. Don’t use big furniture pieces to divide the space
I wanted to divide the space into ‘living room’ and ‘entryway’, but big furniture pieces would take over the room and make it feel cluttered.
Instead of using a big chest that would go all the way up the wall, the chest in the entryway is about counter height. It still creates the look of an entryway without taking over the room.
Same with the chair. I picked a nice, comfortable chair that wasn’t too big for the space.
5. Keep the same color scheme
After all this talk about keeping the spaces separate, this one is about tying them together.
As you guys know, I love tan walls (paint color is Camelback by Sherwin Williams), and green and red accents. This theme continues in the living room/entryway and gives the room a cohesive look.
Get the look
The question I get most often is “Where’d you get that?!” Click each image or link below for more info. (Scroll left and right for more images.) Quite a few things pictured here are old and no longer available, but I have similar items linked.
- Chest, similar here
- Mirror, similar here
- Basket, similar here
- Red lamp, similar here
- Ladder shelf (we spray painted it with this black paint)
- Window turned picture frame (DIY project)
- Black round table
- Green bowl
- Accent chair, similar here
- Red throw pillow
- Canvas artwork from Pier 1, no longer available and can’t find anything similar online
- Green + white pillows: one and two
- Coffee table, similar here
- Curtain rod
- Curtains, tablecloth from Target, can’t find anything similar online
- Brown pedestal table, similar here
Are you lucky enough to have a foyer? If not, how are you faking an entryway?
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