How to Make an Entrance with your Hallway

Often forgotten but always there, your hallway deserves to be more than a corridor and shoe station. We think it’s time to invest in making your hallway as stylish as the rest of your home. Whether your style is modern, minimal or traditional, discover the decorating tips and trends to help you make an entrance.

Your hallway is the first impression visitors have of your home so it’s important to let your character and personality shine through. Colour can change a space dramatically and is a relatively quick way to refresh your space. Deep colours are perfect for creating a dynamic entrance and will have the effect of making connected rooms seem brighter which is ideal if your space is lacking natural light.

A deep hued entrance, creating a bold and dynamic space
Use deep colours to create a bold, impactful entrance

Alternatively, keeping it simple with a white wash can give the illusion of light and space even when there’s a shortage. Adding splashes of colour, like a brightly painted door or bold rug, will add personality to your hallway.

A bright and functional coat rack is the perfect greeting for guests
Greet your guests with this bright, functional coat rack

Functionality can’t be forgotten when planning to overhaul your hallway and it’s important to make sure the space is still fit for purpose. Invest in some key pieces of hallway furniture to help contain the clutter; benches are a perfect storage solution with enough space underneath for woven baskets to allow you to neatly store away the mess. If you don’t have space for a bench, using a small chair or side table will also give a welcoming and comfortable feel to your hallway.

Piling up cushions and patterns will create a comfortable entrance
Pile patterned cushions high to create a comfortable and welcoming entrance

Utilise your wall space for storage by hanging coat hooks or mounted luggage racks. This will help to take away the hallway clutter without compromising on space. Whatever your style, be it modern graphic or traditional, there are hooks and hangings to suit your space.

A vintage style luggage rack, perfect for adding charm and functionality
Vintage style luggage racks add charm as well as functionality to your hallway

If storage isn’t an issue, creating a gallery wall filled with your favourite prints and posters will  express your personality in your hallway. Mix up patterns and colours to suit your style, using varying frame sizes and materials for maximum impact. Before grabbing the hammer, tape out your space on the floor and lay out the frames to get an idea of how you want your wall to look. If you want a more unique feature for your hallway wall, hanging travel finds or vintage straw hats add texture and character to your hallway.

A mix of frames and mirrors to make a unique hallway
Mix up complimentary frames and colours to create a unique entrance

Mirrors are a simple solution to creating a bright, airy hallway. Find the best spot for reflecting your natural light and hang your mirror there to create the illusion of light and space. Whatever the style, ensure the mirror matches the proportion of your room to stop it feeling out of place.

An image of a proportional mirror within an entrance space
It’s important to choose a mirror that fits the proportions of your space.

Adding texture to your hallway is a simple way to emulate a feeling of warmth and comfort from the instant a guest walks in. Use vintage rugs for a homely feel or a bold runner for an instant graphic impact. When using hallway runners, keep them shorter and slimmer than your hallway to draw the eye forward and give the illusion of more space.

Vintage style textiles will create a warm and inviting entrance way
Use vintage textiles to create an inviting hallway

Embrace your staircase. Often hallways and entrances will lead directly into stairs which can be unsightly and bulky. Instead of ignoring the staircase, make it a focal point or key feature of the space by painting it a bold colour. Use colours that complement and paint the step and pitch to bring your hallway to life.

Bold painted stairs that work with a graphic style hallway scheme
Embrace your staircase; paint or tile it and make your stairway a focal point

Explore our hallway decor edit on Trouva for the perfect products to make an entrance in your hallway. For more tips and inspiration, discover Hallway Decor board on Pinterest.

 

Ruby Hall

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