This won't work in our current space, but I love this sort of entry transition. Add a vestibule. If your front door opens directly into your living space, consider building a small vestibule. A petite glassed-in version,.
"Cottage Living" White Bedroom ~ A new addition to a charming old harbor-view cottage copied the house's paneling that covers the vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom. Linen blinds retract to maximize the splendid views.