What To Do If You Have No Foyer Entry


Dear Laurel,

I really liked your last post! However, I have just one little problem. My home has no foyer entry whatsoever. You open the front door and now you are in the living room. My husband and I just purchased this home and love it otherwise. It’s a darling cape built in the 1930s. Oodles of charm, but at 1300 sq feet (two stories) is pretty small, although the living room is not a bad size.

Is there a solution to create that lovely sense of entrance short of building out the front entrance? Maybe one day, but right now, we don’t have the funds for that project. I just hate walking straight into the living room.


Nada Rien-Hall


Dear Nada,

This is a very common issue and one that has some great solutions. Some are more costly than others and some are dependent on a certain amount of space. However, I have some interesting solutions to share with you.

What To Do When Your Home Has No Entrance Foyer
  • If there’s enough space, consider putting up a wall or partition to create an actual foyer entry
  • Use furniture and/or area rugs to create a separation
  • create a welcoming feeling with tables or chests artfully styled
  • create adequate storage if necessary, but try to keep the area as neat as possible
  • attractive baskets and boxes can be used to store necessary items
  • if there is a tiny vestibule, it’s quite charming to paper it in a pretty wallpaper
  • add visual interest with mouldings and wainscoting
  • a small cabinet or bookcase can make a good room divider
Below are several examples of homes that have no entrance foyer and the solution



Alright, truth be told. This is Billy Joel’s townhouse in NYC designed by Nate Berkus. This is a brownstone and obviously, there WAS a foyer entry, but they took it down to create an “open concept” living area.


And they took down the wall between the living room and dining room too. Or at least made the opening wider. What a gorgeous place!

Therefore, point number one is don’t worry too much if your home doesn’t actually have a separate enclosed entrance or one that’s obviously separate from the main living space. Here, separation was simply created with the living room area rug.


Lonny Magazine’s Ashley Putman’s small vacation home and again, it feels natural. A sense of entrance is created with the two tables beautifully accessorized.

little-green-notebook-no-foyer-entryLittle Green Notebook

An old chest got a fresh coat of paint and a pretty vignette was created in the no foyer entry


From House Tweaking. Wonderful transformation with this very dated small home.

entry-douglas-designDouglas Design Studio

Another case where an old vestibule was taken down and a more updated one was added, still in keeping with the Victorian architecture. This is a great solution for those “polar vorticies” ;] and to claim a space to store wet boots.

Condo 252via

A tiny vestibule with Farrow and Ball wallpaper

entry-david-papazian-gphoto by David Papazian

For all of you Feng Shui lovers— the deal here is that there is no foyer to speak of AND the stairs are directly in front of the front door. They say that the energy of the house then escapes through the door. To counteract that, a partial wall was added and embellished with beautiful mouldings. Nicely done! If space permitted the partition could even be a bookcase on the living room side.


Phoebe Howard

A show house room with the front door on one side and the back door on the other! In effect, the space between the two doors becomes a hallway! Great layout and design as always by Phoebe!

In other news… I am planning on having my first blog GIVE AWAY— very soon, so stay tuned for more info about that!



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  • Oolie - February 9, 2017 - 4:40 AM

    Last year I lost my mind completely and bought a dank Victorian money pit from an elderly shut-in with an army of cats. My foyer is now a weird dark cramped awkward obstacle to all guests that I’m dead keen on making warm and inviting somehow. Thank you for the tips and inspirational/aspirational photos. I already feel better thinking about some possible light at the very literal end of my tunnel. You are doing God’s work.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 10, 2017 - 12:03 PM

      Hi Oolie,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. So glad you found inspiration in this post! The blog is a kind of therapy for me too.ReplyCancel

      • Dolores - February 10, 2017 - 12:39 PM

        Whenever I feel that ‘the world is too much with us’, I gravitate to your lovely blog, and for a few lovely moments, all seems right with the world. Please don’t ever abandon us .. 🙂ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - February 10, 2017 - 1:24 PM

          Hi Dolores,

          That is so, so sweet!!!

          If and when I do stop, it will most likely be because I’ve gone unconscious or stopped breathing all together. Hopefully, I still have many years left. xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • firstbuyer - December 11, 2016 - 9:41 PM

    I am a first home buyer . New construction boasts a nice Foyer entrance. More so, like the above picture with the fengshui remark above. Is Foyer a good resale and better to have. Or is it better to convert to room? Read online that Heat is a concern (Being in New England area) if open foyer is there. Any ideas ? Thanks for your timeReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - December 12, 2016 - 12:59 AM


      I’m not sure what you are asking me? My only recommendation would be to hire a professional for a consultation if you have a question that pertains to your unique situation.ReplyCancel

      • RP - December 13, 2016 - 9:24 AM

        Given your expertise, I wanted to know if Foyer entrance is comparatively better than closing the Foyer to make an additional room. From a resale point of view, is Foyer entrance good?
        Was just hoping for a general opinion from what buyers expect.


        • Laurel Bern - December 13, 2016 - 1:17 PM

          Hi RP,

          I wish I could give you an answer, but there is no general as every configuration is different. But, I have never heard of closing a foyer to create an additional room unless it was an exceptionally large foyer.ReplyCancel

  • Dolores - August 22, 2016 - 7:32 AM

    “Nada Rien-Hall” 🙂
    It’s your fault that my robe and chin are now splotched with tea 🙂
    You always make me laugh!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 22, 2016 - 4:44 PM

      haha! I don’t even remember that one. I love this week’s name. Meghan mutherlodedReplyCancel

  • lorna smith - June 27, 2016 - 6:35 PM

    Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring posts.ReplyCancel