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Making a Grand Entrance – Tips and Ideas to Update your Entryway / Foyer on a Budget

Posted on November 14, 2014 by KylieMawdsley


4 Budget-Friendly Ideas to Update Your Entryway or Foyer

Your entryway (foyer) is the first room that guests see when they come into your home and the last room they see when they leave. Because of this, you would think that if there were ANY room that you’d want to make a great first impression with, it would be this one. But it rarely gets the TLC it needs (kind of like me…wink wink).

Dark wood trim, stairs and doors in older home entryway, best paint colour soft white, similar to SW White Duck or Alabaster. Kylie M INteriors E-design, before image. Client design

Why? Well, people don’t usually spend much time in it. It’s more of a ‘pass-thru’ or ‘transitional‘ area rather than a ‘sit back and relax with a glass of wine’ zone (I. however, have been known to drink wine anywhere).

So, how do you add personality and interest to your entryway without a) spending a whack load of money and b) spending a whack load of money?

You keep reading!

Idea #1     Paint Colour

Whether you have an open layout entryway or an entryway that is separated from the main living areas, paint colour is THE best way to add some personality.

In an open layout entryway, you might choose to paint ONLY the front door, this way the walls stay consistent throughout the open layout areas.

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

In an entryway that is more contained, you could paint the entire space a cool colour, a feature wall OR the front door (or all of them)!

Read more: The Best Paint Colours for the INSIDE of a Front Door

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

See the before and after of this room here

‘Would you rather have a small entryway that is bright and light (but still small) or a small entryway with personality?’

Tip #2     Use Accent Colours

If you’re nervous about going full-tilt on the paint colour, then you can achieve a similar effect by using accents that are repeated in the rooms adjacent to the entryway. For example, you might have some artwork or an area rug in your living room (adjacent to the entryway) with blues and greens in it. You would then repeat those same blues and greens in the entryway via accents. It’s about providing ‘visual links’ from space to space.

Best paint color for dark wood trim, oak floor. Kylie M Interiors E-design, Benjamin Moore REvere Pewter in entryway and stairs

The blue in the picture frame above works great if there is the SAME blue in the room next to it!

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in living room with gray sectional. Yellow entryway, farmhouse style table and light. Kylie M E-design

See this family-friendly country style home here

See the colour connections between the entryway and the living/dining area in the above photo.

Idea #3     Add Some Function 

I love this Ikea cabinet. It’s cute when closed, great for SMALL entryways, and adds some serious function – and it’s affordable!

ikea shoe cabinet

And I don’t have a photo of that bad boy in a client’s home, but the above visual will give you the idea – it’s only 12″ deep, it will fit almost anywhere! (I do rely 100% on my E-design client’s photos).

Tip #4    Go Big or Go Home!

Don’t be afraid to add some impact and personality with over-sized pieces if you have the room/wall for it!


2 storey entryway, foyer, stair with curved railing. golden doodle, wood and metal railing, Benjamin Moore Steel Wool feature or accent wall by Kylie M Interiors

You can buy a cabinet like the above for around $250 used (that one came with the house and I painted it white/distressed it). The large clock was $199 and you can see more like it here.  Doug? Priceless.

Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors, decorating blog, e-design, online colour consulting expert. signatureedesign, virtual paint colour consulting. Kylie M Interiors Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams color expert. marketing (26)



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