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5 ways to easily maintain your hallway clean

The hallway is an important space in any home. It is a space through which you pass several times a day, the immediate space you – and your guests – walk into as they enter your home, and the last space they see as they leave.

A clean and clutter-free hallway is all about practicality, as much as it is about creating the right impression. Here are five tips to make it the space that you want it to be…

1. Hallway storage that fits…

… your hallway and your needs.

All too often, storage solutions are about making do but a rattan bench complete with baskets is ideal for tidying away bags and shoes. It also provides a handy bench for seating when putting on and taking off shoes, as well as a convenient spot for a handbag or two.

It is also stylish and works well with all kinds of interior design styles from rustic to farmhouse.

2. Drawer space

Car keys, house keys and other small items all need a home. Although you can invest in a pretty bowl or a rack of hooks, the best place to hide away these small things is in a drawer.

The hallway is also traditionally the place where the telephone point is, and this means in the modern home no so much a telephone but a broadband router, not always the most stylish things to look at.

There are variations of a hallway table from a glass console table to a modern console table with drawers is ideal for making the hallway stylish, but clutter-free. For small hallways, consider a narrow console table that offers the right amount of storage without swamping the space.

3. Make use of under the stairs

Again, this is traditionally used to house things that are not meant to be seen - from the mop and bucket to the vacuum. But find somewhere else to keep these, as the under-the-stairs space offers valuable storage in any home.

There are many ways to make this a usable space with accessible storage. The simplest solutions it an array of wooden shelving. Similar, bookcases and shelves are ideal. Don’t forget, if you don’t have the height, some bookcases will work just great laid horizontally too.

4. Shoe storage

One of the biggest issues in the hallway is keeping shoes together so that they can be found quickly. In winter, you need a shoe rack more than ever, and one that can be wiped clean.

There are various solutions but we like mixing style and function which is why a reclaimed wood bench or a dining bench works great in the hallway.

5. Don’t forget stylish accessories

And finally, the hallway should not be devoid of stylish additions. We love adding mirrors to hallways – the more ornate, the better we think – and a stylish, practical rug to protect the floor and stop detritus and grime travelling through the rest of the house is also a great way of adding colour and pattern to an otherwise ‘bland’ space.

With only a few changes and additions, your hallway can be clean and appealing, as well as clutter-free and stylish.

Get your Scandinavian hallway with these easy steps

Hudson Living Wycombe Oak Console Table for Scandinavian Hallway

If you like clean, simple lines, light muted colours with flecks of texture and depth, the Scandinavian interior design style is the ideal interior design choice.

The hallway of any home needs to be uber-functional and practical. It is the place everyone passes through as they enter and leave your home, it is used for storage and it is the transient part of the home that conveys people from one room or one level to the next. It is like a huge interior traffic island!

This doesn’t mean that the weight of practicality must outbalance style and with the Scandinavian look, you will get the best of both worlds.

To get the low down on the basics of the Scandinavian style and how to apply to your hallway, read on…

1 Hard flooring

Forget wall-to-wall carpets and opt instead for hard flooring, preferably wood or as close to the natural wood product as you can.

2 Light, muted colours

Leave the colour charts next to the fizzy coloured paints and opt for white, very light creams and beige muted tones. If you must have colour, stick with barely-there grey and blues for the walls.

3 Wood

Natural materials are an important part of Scandinavian design, with wood being the most important. Keep wood as much in its natural form as you can. Reclaimed wood and oak furniture work well as entryway furniture in a Scandinavian interior. This oak console table with single drawer, for example, looks perfect and is perfect for storing keys or mail.

4 Clean lines

Clean lines with minimal fuss is key to many interior designs and it is certainly true. Think of hallway furniture with clean lines but without harsh angles and corners. This simple, yet striking elegant console table would be the perfect choice for Scandinavian furniture.

5 Uncluttered spaces

This can be a tough ask of a hallway in a busy home but it can be done. It means choosing accessories that fit the space whilst providing a purpose. A chair in a hallway, for example, is the ideal addition. Somewhere to sit to pull on or take off your shoes, and a handy platform for dropping your bag on the way in. A pair of simply-styled Scandinavian chairs made from oak work great or for added texture, consider the contemporary jute seating pad of these elegant Scandinavian chairs.

6 Simple accents

Minimal fuss is the order of the day and so accessorising the space can be a tough call. With its raw finish, this wooden ladder accessory can be left as it is or you could paint it to add character. A great piece of furniture for the hallway, you can hang anything from dogs leads to pretty lights.

7 Maximise light

The Scandinavian style makes the best use of light, important in a part of the world where darkness falls quickly and early in the day too, during the winter months. In the hallway, light can be in short supply - keep window treatments to a minimum and ambient light bright but not stark.

Mirrors are standard hallway furniture. Opt for a wall-hanging wood framed mirror or this floor-standing, leaning wood framed mirror for elegance and practicality too.

With fantastic pieces perfect for the hallway, which will you choose?

Lights that will work like magic in your hallway

The hallway is, without a doubt, an important room in your home. It welcomes guests and visitors and is the space through which you and your family will pass several times a day.

It needs to be practical and functional, easy to keep clean and yet, create the right impression, sounding all the right style notes for the rest of your property. Worried about how to achieve this, especially with a small space? Read on to find out how you can add drama, depth and texture into your hallway, with lighting being just one tool you have at your disposal.

Drama and Style

There are many ways to style your hallway, from choosing wallpaper and colour schemes with an impact, to creating bespoke storage solutions. Light in a hallway can be compromised but there is another commonality in hallways in homes across the country – height.

Maddox Pendant Light for hallway

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The height stretches from ground floor to the ceiling of the first floor. This alone adds drama to the space but you can ramp it up with a range of pendant lights.

Celestial means star-like, something of the heavens and supremely good – and that is exactly what our range of Celestial pendant lights bring to a hallway.

Enjoy the warmth of gold and the curvaceous shape of the teardrop shades or the globes that cast a glow around your hallway.

Making the Most of Light

It can be tempting to assume that because light is scarce in a hallway that the only solution is to paint it a light, neutral colour or opt for wallpaper that uses only light colours and tones.

But, you can add a depth of colour to the walls – why not a dark, forest green or a moody, elegant navy? Because when you add mirrors, you instantly maximise the light in the space, doubling the effects of the warm glow of your pendant.

Celestial Gold Wall Mirror for Hallway

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Just look at what a contemporary wall mirror could add to a hallway.

The Console Table

The hallway is the traditional home of the console table. Bijou, narrower, sometimes with drawers, sometimes with shelving, the console table was the must have piece of furniture. It was the table on which the house phone sat, car keys were kept and other smaller but important items.

We may keep the phone and the Wi-Fi router in different places in modern times but, the console table is still a stylish and much-sought after addition to the hallway.

Luxe Elm Industrial Reclaimed Wood Console Table in Hallway

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Choose from a range of styles and designs. Opt for the traditional or the clean lines of minimalism. There is also the industrial console table, sleek and understated, its exposed frame and elm top sits perfectly in any hallway, any size.

Lights that Cast the Smallest of Shadows

You don’t always want the main hallway light ablaze and yet, you don’t want it in complete darkness either. With an electric table lantern, you get the best of both worlds. A soft glowing light housed in a stylish lantern, without the concerns of candles.

Stainless Steel Electric Studio Lanterns in 3 different sizes for hallway

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Opt for one, or buy a collection so that your console table looks divine in their glow.

These changes are affordable, yet their effects instant. How will you add style to your hallway?