10 Tips for Creating an Entryway in an Entryway-less Home

When you have guests, what is the first thing they see when they walk through your front door? Is there a place to hang their coat? How about a spot to plop a purse? Like it or not, an entryway can make or break a guest’s pleasant experience in your home because it becomes awkward when there is no dedicated spot to kick off their shoes. But what do you do when your front door leads straight into the living room with no entryway to speak of? You get creative and make one, of course! Take a look at these 10 entryway ideas for your entryway-less home.

1. Grab a Corner

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An entryway doesn’t need to be a complicated affair. If you have a small corner close to your door, hijack it to work as a foyer space for you! Even just a chair with a pillow on it invites guests to sit and slip off their shoes before they make themselves at home. (via Design Sponge)

2. Wall Hooks

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If you’re short on floor space when you enter your living room then a coat rack is probably out of the question. But you can easily look up to the wall for some entryway storage space. Provide a row of hooks to hold jackets or hats or purses. A good rule is to have one for each family member, a guest hook. (via Camille Styles)

3. Rugs

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Have you ever noticed how a rug can separate a certain space from the rest? Put a small rug or a runner on the floor by the door and it will create the look of a separate entryway, without having an actual room. (via Design Sponge)

4. Shoe Storage

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When I was young, I was taught that taking off my shoes when you enter someone’s home was a sign of good manners. If you’ve got the same principal working for you in your home, you’ll want to provide a tray or a mat or a basket that clearly tells your guests to leave their shoes there. (via The Curtis Casa)

5. Wallpaper

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Remember what I said about hijacking a corner for an entryway? Well if you’re going to go all out, don’t be afraid to put up some wallpaper to make the foyer space really stand out. It’s a surefire way to separate the entryway from the living room and it will make you smile every time you get home. (via Nalle’s House)

6. Table Space

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Sometimes, large entryway furniture is just impossible in your small space. Install a small floating shelf that can greet guests with some flowers and a photo while keeping the floor space clear for shoes and bags.

7. Creative Storage

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Trying to make a tiny entryway space stand out from the crowd can be a bit difficult. Try thinking outside the box when it comes to storage for a look that’s truly unique. Use an antler or a branch for hooks. Try a crate or a suitcase to hold your shoes. In the end, you will have a look that’s a little bit eclectic and a lot enjoyable. (via Daisy Knows Best)

8. Mirrors

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Are you afraid that adding an entryway space will make your living room seem smaller? Adding a mirror will dissolve that fear. Not only will it reflect light into the room, it will make the space look bigger. Plus you’ll be glad you have it when you need those last minute hair checks before walking out the door. (via Amber Interiors)

9. Gallery Wall

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A simple way to personalize an entryway space is to add a gallery wall. Whether you choose family photos, inspirational quotes or beautiful prints, no one entering your home will be able to miss your unique style.

10. Houseplants

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You were just waiting for this one weren’t you… Greet your guests with a bit of green in your foyer space. Succulents will do great in low light or you can hang a vining plant if you don’t have the surface space for a pot. Either way, it will definitely liven up your entryway. (via SF Girl By Bay)