how to create a foyer when there isn’t one

 

 

A foyer was on the must-have list.

When I first walked into the model of our current home, the sales person led us in through the back door. As I walked in, my eyes were drawn past the kitchen, through the living room, straight to the foyer.  That’s when I knew I wanted this house.

I’ve been decorating and redecorating it ever since.   This is an “in progress” photo of the latest makeover.

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When I published my post, 7 simple steps to creating a fabulous foyer, some of you said that you wish you had a foyer. I understand. I have lived with and without.  During those without times, I faked it. 

So, today, I’m going to show you how to create a foyer when there isn’t one.

Whether your door opens right into the living space or your entry is small,  you will start by defining the space.

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For example, if you have a small wall space next to the door, consider adding a mirror and hanging a few hooks below it. This will give guests a place to hang coats, bags, etc and let them do a quick check in the mirror on the way out.

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And if you’re lucky enough to have a wall next to the door, you can also add a small table like this one at Inspired Living.

 

Foyer by Inspired Living / How to create a foyer when there isn't one / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

Hooks, mirrors, rugs and tables visually define the foyer space, separating it by its purpose.

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Or, you can physically define the space with furniture.

Does your door open into your living room?  Place a console table behind the couch and position them perpendicular to the door.  This will give you a surface for your guests to drop their keys, cell phones and purses.  If there is room, put a basket under the console for shoes. 

 

How to create a foyer when there isn't one / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

You could also set apart the space with an open bookcase,


 
 
or a screen as seen in the this foyer at Better Homes & Gardens.

How to create a foyer when there isn't one / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

And, an armoire makes a great substitute for a coat closet.

How to create a foyer when there isn't one / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

With a little ingenuity, you can have a foyer, and a home, that you love..

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