Hallways are generally not very big and can be dark and uninteresting places, basically, a space that no one really spends time in and just leads you on to the more happening rooms in your home.
But it should not be neglected, first impressions matter! The hallway is the first thing people see when they come to our home. Even if they don't actually come in they will most likely get a sneaky peek as they stand on the doorstep. So what can we put in a hallway to make it an attractive and inviting space?
Keep it light
Brighten your hallway by painting it in a light colour, this will give it a light and airy feel - and most importantly will make it feel bigger. It is also easy to accessorise if walls are a light or neutral colour, maybe add a bright blue velvet armchair to sit on while you put your shoes on.
A bamboo pendant light hung from a high ceiling looks great and really accentuates the height of a hallway again making the space feel larger and lighter.
Mirrors and pictures
Mirrors are always a good idea in the hallway - an opportunity for a final once over before you leave the house! And of course, we all know they give the feeling of space and reflect light. The floor-standing Yolanda mirror (pictured below) would be an eye-catcher to anyone entering your home. You can add some of your favourite pictures on the wall - they don't have to be landscapes - they could be photos of your family and friends to give your visitors a warm welcome as well as being a talking point.
Console table or bookshelf
A reclaimed wood console table is a classic piece of hallway furniture, on this, you can place a decorative bowl to keep keys in, hang a large wall mirror over it, stand a table lamp on it, place a pot plant or fresh flowers on it - consoles provide a perfect focal point for you to accessorise in your own style. A reclaimed wood bookcase would also fit in here, being narrow it won't take up much floor space but it provides plenty of shelving not only for books but also for a few of your favourite decorative pieces.
It's a good idea to have easy-clean, heavy-duty flooring in the hallway, tiles, wood, laminate are all good for the inevitable wet and muddy footwear - but you can add a floor runner if you want to brighten it up a bit and introduce a bit of colour to the hallway.
There are many hallway storage solutions that combine practicality and good looks, benches with storage underneath, coat racks, boot crates etc. - keep an eye out for our next blog where we delve into this a little deeper!