We've all heard how important curb appeal is to a buyer, however, that's not the whole story. Some times the curb appeal can be fabulous yet as soon as you enter the front door it's all over but the race to get back to the car and on to the next home.
Having a pleasing entry is so important for a good first impression. With a large, open space leading to several rooms, the eye doesn't know where to rest which creates a feeling of unease.
If the home doesn't have a foyer, one can create the illusion of a foyer with pieces of furniture, plants, etc. This creates a sense of order with a place to "land" before entering further into the home to see what it has to offer.