Are you wondering how to create a foyer when there isn’t one?
I’ve been there, too.
The good news is with a little imagination and creativity, you can turn an open space into a cozy foyer that serves your lifestyle.
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How to Create a Foyer in an Open Floor Plan
Many of today’s homes have an open floor plan with the door opening into the living room. If your door opens into the living room or you have an open concept home, there are still ways to create a foyer in your home.
How to Create a Foyer in an Open Living Room
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.
You can also try setting the couch with it’s back parallel to the door, if there’s room.
How to Separate Your Foyer from the Dining Room
In many homes, the dining room sits right next to the front door. My favorite solution for making the best use of this space is to let your buffet serve double duty. Set it on the foyer wall across from the dining room. That way you can use it as a console table and to store dishes, silverware and linens.
4 More Entryway Divider Ideas
There are, of course, several other ways you can create a separate entryway.
You could use:
- an armoire – armoires are a great option if you need a coat closet as well.
- a bookcase – an open bookcase could serve as both a room divider and decor for both spaces.
- a dresser – the drawers would provide great storage options for keys, mail, gloves, scarves or pet supplies.
- a privacy screen – privacy screens or room dividers come in many styles and work well to separate spaces.
Once you’ve decided how to create a separate the foyer, you can add other elements to further define your space.
What to Put in an Open Foyer
Whether your foyer is open or not, there a few items that will give it form and function.
- Mirror – Use a mirror for last minute checks before leaving the house. For particularly tall ceilings, go for a tall, vertical mirror. You can even use a leaner mirror if your ceilings are tall enough. Otherwise, I really like a round mirror in foyers.
- Rug – A rug is a great way to further define the space. Depending on how much traffic your entry gets, you might want to go with a natural fiber rug like jute or sisal rug or you can try a washable rug. You can place a small rug at the door, or get a bigger rug to really define the space and add some color to the entry.
- Table – A table or other surface is the perfect spot to hold keys and mail. If you have a large foyer, try placing a round table in the middle. If the space is on the small side, stick to a narrow console table. Dressers can work well as a console table, too.
- Lighting – Both a ceiling fixture and if possible, a table lamp.
- Hooks – Use a hall tree or install wall hooks to hang coats, scarfs and purses.
- Baskets – If you have the room, a well placed basket is perfect for storing shoes as you come and go.
- Flowers – Fresh or faux flowers help make a foyer feel more inviting
I’ve curated my favorite foyer picks in one easy spot to make shopping a little easer.
For more space planning ideas read:
- How to Set Up a Family Command Center
- How to Set Up a Home Office
- Home on Purpose: Mindful Living in a Hectic World
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Wishing you a warm, welcoming foyer for you and your guests.