Your hallway sets the mood and tone for your entire home so create a welcoming space that reflects both your taste and the style of the rest of the house.
Hallways, a place you never stay for more than a few minutes at a time, whether you prefer something bold and dramatic or calm and elegant, take your entrance hall from dull to delightful to make a great first impression.
This space should be practical as the hallway is where you put down those easy to misplace items like your keys, wallet and phone when you return at the end of a busy day. The key to success is to create a space that’s functional enough to keep all your important belongings to hand while still creating a sense of atmosphere as people enter your home.
Follow our few steps to designing the perfect, practical and timeless entrance to your home.
Consider the essential basic elements that will have an impact on the space. Creating a space that is as functional as it is decorative will help make sure you get to enjoy and show off your hallway.
Take the time to consider practicality; are shoes often found littered around the hallway? Does mail tend to pile up on a table by the door? Look at your lifestyle to create space that works with your habits. By building solutions to common problems into the design, your hallway will be a welcoming space when you walk through the door rather than one that reminds you of a list of unfinished household chores.
Your hallway can be a simple entryway or a transitional space that connects the rest of the rooms. Colour, lighting and texture will create the illusion of a more symmetrical space, so use clever tricks like feature walls and statement furniture to make a large space feel more intimate or a narrow hallway more open and inviting.
Narrow hallways sometimes struggle for natural light, but there are simple strategies you can use to maximise light if this is an issue in your space. Hard flooring will amplify light, while a stylish mirror opposite a window or door will help to bounce light around the space.
Your style will have an impact on every other design decision so take some time to consider the look you’re going for. Experimenting with deeper cool colours, statement pieces and metallic accessories will add glamour and sophistication to your space and achieve a luxurious look. Neutral / white walls, raw materials like metals and glass will create the perfect industrial minimalist look. For a more Urban look, choose a crisp white backdrop and bring it to life with architectural lines, bright pops of colour and striking pieces of furniture.
Because the hallway is a transitional space, you may only require one or two pieces of furniture at most. Choose each piece carefully to ensure that it embodies your own personal style.
The style of the hall table is key to the overall effect and should be both practical and beautiful. Storage is a priority so decide whether you need drawers or if a simple console table works better to provide space for the few items you always need close to hand. Measure your space carefully to make sure your console table doesn’t stick out too far from the wall and disrupt the flow of traffic through the house.
Chair or bench
A small chair or bench makes it easier for guests to take off or put on their shoes and can also double as additional storage for items you want to keep tucked away. Place a bench beside the doorway or a chair in the opposite corner for easy seating. Make sure the seating your choose is proportional to the space; a large chair can help make a spacious entryway feel more intimate, while a simple streamlined choice will stop a narrower entrance from feeling cluttered.
All in one
With limited space you may want to opt for more of a bespoke unit combining all pieces you need in a hallway.
As we all know, there is never enough storage in the house. Therefore if you find that you tend to leave your coats, shoes and bags in the hallway, perhaps built in wardrobe would be the best solution to achieve clean, organised entrance.
Your accessories and finishing touches are what really adds character to a space. Choose pieces that emphasise your personal style and create depth and interest as part of the finished look.
A mirror is an incredibly versatile accessory; reflecting light around the hallway and opening up rooms. The space you have will determine the style of mirror you select – for small or narrow spaces, keep fuss to a minimum with simple frames, or alternatively, in a more generous space, create more drama with an oversized or ornate piece.
Accent lighting is a great way to create a sense of atmosphere as you enter the home. Create symmetry in your design by adding two matching lamps on the ends of your sideboard or console table. If your hallway tends to be dark and have shadows throughout the day, look for ambient overhead lighting that will radiate light around the space – instead of one overhead light fixture, use a few smaller fixtures or install recessed lighting instead.
The hallway is a great place to create a feature wall, and there’s a few different ways to achieve this look. Stylish shelving will create a chic focal point and more storage space where you can put some of your favourite items on display. On the other hand, a cluster of wall art is a wonderful way to bring personality to the space – choose frames of different sizes and finishes for an eclectic vibe or create a uniform display for a more glamorous look. Vibrant and eye catching wallpaper is another option to bring some colour and texture into the space.
Accessorising the hall gives you a great opportunity to bring more character to the space. You can showcase a few favourite items or help make otherwise functional items more practical. Opt for designer coat hangers, vintage mirrors or chairs and beautiful lighting.
Do you think your hallway is boring and uninviting? Contact one of our designers on 01223 327463 for an advice. We can help you transform your entrance area with our beautiful console tables, mirrors, rugs and storage units.
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