Entryways can be tricky spaces to design. They’re often small spaces, awkwardly shaped, and need to pack in a lot of function. So it’s even more challenging if you live in a home that doesn’t have a clearly designated entryway inside the front door per se.
From apartments to family houses, many homes have a front door that opens straight into the living room. Some homes might open into a small space or hallway that leads directly into a staircase. Or in other instances, the entryway has little to no room so it doesn’t look or feel like an entryway at all. If this is you, don’t fret!
To help you tackle this design dilemma, we’ve rounded up 8 easy ways to fake an entryway in your home, from adding storage to stylishly setting your space apart.
Need help outfitting your foyer? Also, check out our entryway furniture checklist and simple and stylish entryway design tips! Otherwise, read on to find out what you can do to instantly carve out an entryway when you don’t have one!
1. Create A Landing Strip
If you have a front door that leads into an open-concept space, delineate a foyer area using furnishings that blend in with the rest of the room.
In this makeshift entry space, the bench and cabinet offer practical storage and seating but are curated to complement the room’s modern rustic interior design aesthetic. By keeping the pieces lined up against the staircase wall, it helps designate the space as an entry checkpoint.
Just remember that beyond using a cabinet and bench for shoes, purses, and jackets or as a catchall, dressing them with accents will make the pieces feel more integrated into your space while still providing all the functions of a full-size entry.
2. Define The Entry Wall
An easy way to ‘mark’ an entryway zone is to paint or wallpaper the space around your front door—especially if it opens directly into a large open room.
Take a cue from this open-space entry: Using a bold paint color that contrasts with the rest of the space, the accent wall instantly zones the ‘entry’ as its own area. For a vibrant approach, you can swap paint for a brightly patterned wallpaper that adds color and pop to the wall around your front door. It’ll have the same effect as paint except it makes even more of a statement.
Be sure to round out your entryway accent wall with practical foyer essentials, such as a rug, console table, mirror, and stylish lighting to give it the look and feel of a space of its own.
3. Fake A Mudroom
For an entryway that leads straight into a long, narrow hallway, try creating the illusion of a mudroom by adding practical accents like hooks, baskets, and a bench for putting on and taking off shoes.
Try anchoring your small entry hallway with a bench, then topping it off with hooks and a wall shelf to make the most of your vertical storage space. All of this will help frame the space to feel more like an actual foyer, and it’s the perfect solution for a busy family home without a clear entryway.
Be sure to ground this space with other practical mudroom essentials, such as storage baskets and an indoor-outdoor rug or a natural-fiber one, to complete the look. Also, check out our small entryway design tips for stylish ways to cozy up a tiny foyer.
4. Add An Entryway Closet
One of the best (and foolproof) ways to fake an entryway inside your front door is to define it with a large storage piece, such as a freestanding closet armoire.
Consider filling out the space in your home’s entrance with a tall wardrobe cabinet that adds tons of storage in a concealed way. While they’re big, wardrobes and armoires make for practical storage that will instantly signal the space as your entryway. Make sure to choose a storage cabinet piece that fits the dimensions of your front door space for a seamless look.
This is definitely an investment, but the best part? If you decide to rethink your space down the line, you can easily use it as storage elsewhere in the home.
5. Delineate With A Rug
Entryways that open into a small hallway or room are harder to define (see faking a mudroom above). A simple way to zone it as a foyer is to lay down a rug across your front door.
In this entry, the rug helps to frame the area around the awkwardly positioned front door. The result is a practical landing strip for taking off shoes and keeping dirt from being dragged into the rest of the home. Additionally, adding a rug is an inexpensive way to bring a bit of texture and color to a makeshift entryway space.
If you’re pressed for space and can’t fit an area rug or wide doormat, a long and narrow runner will do the trick. In fact, a runner in the foyer is one of our favorite entryway ideas.
6. Consider A Cubby System
Similar to faking a mudroom, storage cubbies or lockers are practical storage pieces that are great for defining an entryway area.
Here, the cubby cabinet transforms the tight space inside the front door into a distinct entryway, complete with tons of storage and the look of a custom built-in unit. This is a great solution for family homes with school-age kids. A cubby cabinet is also the perfect low-lift, high-function investment piece if you’re looking to fake an entry without hanging or painting your space.
7. Divide Your Space
No entry in a small open living room? No problem. One of our favorite ways to fake an entryway is using a room divider, such as with a low bookcase, to separate a front door space from the living area.
With the entryway in the living room here, the low bookcase functions as a makeshift wall without closing in the entry space. At the same time, it acts as an entryway catchall as well as provides storage for the living area. The key is to make sure to pick a bookshelf or divider that blends in with the rest of your furnishings and aesthetic. Then just round out the entry space with hooks.
As an alternative to a bookcase, a tiered console shelf can also work beautifully as a room divider. They’re even more narrow than a low bookcase so they’re a great option if you’re extra-pressed for space.
8. Think Skinny Console
When it comes to a front door that opens into a long hallway corridor, an easy way to create an instant entryway look and feel is to pull in a narrow console table.
In this tight entry hall, the slim console shelf takes up minimal space while still offering plenty of storage on the surface, inside the drawers, and down below. A narrow console also makes for the perfect entryway catchall and drop-off zone without impeding the walkway and the flow of the space.
Be sure to dress up the console with art, a lamp, and small accents to create a full entry look. You can add more definition by hanging a mirror above the console or pulling in a long runner, which is sure to set apart any small entryway with a burst of style and color.
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