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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.