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4 Ideas: How to MAKE an Entryway When You Don’t Have One

Posted on April 5, 2018 by KylieMawdsley

How to Create a Fake Entryway or Foyer

Do you have an entryway that opens RIGHT into your living room or dining room? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

The foyer is undoubtedly the room builders pay the LEAST attention to when building a home. In fact, many builders think that creating an ‘open layout entryway and living room’ is a great idea (with open concept being on-trend) and I’m pretty sure these same builders don’t have kids, don’t wear shoes, and have never tried to put on lace-up knee-high boots without sitting down on a bench.

BTW, I use 100% my OWN e-design client’s photos on my site, which is why for this particular category, I’m pretty limited. However, I’ve included ‘other’ entryway photos, just to get the creative juices flowing! 

Interior front door painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, Kylie M E-design, red oak flooring. Agreeable Gray paint colour, white trim

So, what do you do when your entryway is lacking in definition and function? You read this (and drinking wine will also help).

There are TWO ways to make a fake entryway


Using pieces that are moveable and not built-in to the flooring, walls or ceiling, such as bookcases, sofa, and console tables and the backs of sofas for definition between spaces.


Creating built-in, non-removable pieces that are permanent fixtures.

Best yellow paint colour. Benjamin Moore Buttermilk. Oak flooring. country style foyer, entryway with built in bench and hooks. Kylie M E-design, online colour consultant

The key is to choose the option that works best for you, your budget and your skills (or lack thereof). However, the one BIG thing to consider before starting your project is resale value.

People love built-ins. Whether they’re beside the fireplace or in an entryway, built-ins are super desirable in the home-buying world. If you have the skills to build, you’ll add visual value to your home, which usually relates to ‘actual’ value when it comes time to sell. Buyers won’t need to figure out where the heck to put their shoes and coats – you’ll show them where they go (not on the back of the couch or outside the front door).

Anyway, let’s talk about some more ideas and you can take it from there!

Modern style front door with windows painted black, dark wood flooring. Repose Gray walls. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colors


One of my FAVOURITE pieces from Ikea (other than the Raskog trolley) is the Kallax bookshelf – formerly known as Expedit. Coming in a variety of sizes and finishes, this piece is not just affordable, it’s also HUGELY versatile. Add doors, drawers, baskets, wheels, wine keg – pretty much anything you need to make your entryway more functional.

You can see this idea and MORE in this link to the Apartment Therapy site.

2. The BUILT-IN bookcase or bench divider

Legally, I’m not allowed to post other’s photos (good old copyright), but I LOVE to show the love to other bloggers, so please check out this built-in bookcase via Thrifty Decor Chick. Love it. And if you visit Thrifty Decor Chick, you’ll see how she did it from start to finish! Notice how it’s built-in so that it looks original to the home, rather than an after-thought. And while this project isn’t for the faint of heart, it also isn’t rocket science if you’re so inclined!

I also highly recommend checking out what Growing Sound Roots did to separate their entryway from their living room – l wish I were half that handy…

3. Use what you have

The most budget-friendly option of all! You can define your entryway simply by positioning your furniture in the right spot. Try placing a longer piece (couch/loveseat) so it creates a ‘faux’ wall (faux being the super snob way of saying fake). This can help DEFINE the area between your living room and entryway with a visible barrier. You can then do any of the above ideas BEHIND the couch to add some storage and function!

Entryway, Kylie M E-design, online color consultant. Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, Creamy, black interior front door, red and navy accents

Entryway with Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, front door painted Urbane Bronze, Pier 1 rug, large oversize metal clock and gray bench. Kylie M Interiors Edesign and online paint color consulting

See what House Tweaking did to separate their entryway and living room with a cute lil bench and handy hooks – goes to show you don’t need much room to add function!

I also LOVE what Room for Tuesday did, creating a nice backdrop to her living room area using a gorgeous buffet with home decor and artwork.

4. Repurpose a small closet

This one works if you have a small closet and generally use a different entrance (ie: garage/mudroom). Jazzing up a small closet with a bench and hooks is a nice way to create a more DECORATIVE backdrop to your living space, even if it’s less functional than a traditional closet.

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, entryway bench and hooks. Cloud White. KYlie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting, virtual design

Exposed brick wall in entryway area with black door and wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, consultant for best paint colours from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin online

So there you have it my friends – I hope you enjoyed this and found some ideas to try in your own home! Want more ideas? You HAVE to read this

Not sure what to do? 

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Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors, decorating blog, e-design, online colour consulting expert. signature


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Our Entryway – Colour, Decor & More (Budget-Friendly Changes)

Originally written in 2016, updated in 2019



  1. Hi Kylie, I’ve come to recognize your name from your beautiful work! I’m curious if you have any suggestions for shoe storage/organization in a foyer that doesn’t have a closet, specifically split level or bi-level entryways. They’re so cramped and tight its hard to find a nice way to store things right at the door rather than tracking dirt up the stairs into the main living area. Thanks for you wonderful advice and posts!

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      Thank you Heather! I would LOOOOVE to write a blog post on that, but unfortunately, it’s all about photos! I don’t like to take photos from others sites and at this time I don’t have enough showing ideas like that – 🙁 I’m slowing going through my old posts and getting rid of the photos that aren’t mine, just to be on the safe side!

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  2. Why do you designers always use big homes?! How about
    addressing homes that are small, have no character and are
    typical cookie-cutter style houses? Easy to make these work
    if your home is large. So tired of ideas always being for high-end

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