Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Why your hallway is perfect for making a real sweeping statement

YOUR hallway is the first thing guests see as they come through the front door, so it’s important to make

YOUR hallway is the first thing guests see as they come through the front door, so it’s important to make sure it’s warm and welcoming.

Follow our tips and advice on how to decorate your hallway and find the perfect storage units.

Hallways are usually only used as a walk-through, so you can afford to make a statement. Some ideas include the following:

l Create a feature wall

l Experiment with eye-catching wallpaper and bright patterns. Avoid plain white walls as these can get grubby easily

l Choose a strong carpet for maximum colour and impact

l If you’d rather keep your walls neutral, opt for a colourful hallway runner. Just make sure it is hard-wearing as this is a high traffic area

l Don’t forget the finishing touches

l Position flowers on a console table for a welcoming first impression or hang photos on the walls for a personal touch

l Hallways can often be narrow and dark — so the right lighting is essential

l Make the most of natural light

l Mirrors are a great way of reflecting natural light, and they can also give the impression of space

l Position uplighters or spotlights along the corridor. Uplighters and wall lights are both practical and stylish — perfect for giving hallways that welcoming feel

l Install a skylight. A skylight can make a world of difference to small spaces. Visit the Velux website for more details

l Hallways can be a great place to store shoes, coats and keys

l Hide hallway clutter with a useful storage bench. Choose one with compartments and load it up with boxes and baskets

l A small table by your front door is ideal for dumping post or displaying a vase of flowers

l Decorative wire keyholders take up no space at all and can be mounted on the wall — perfect for those who are always losing their keys

l Shoe racks are great for family homes as they keep the hallway organised. Slide the rack under a side table if you’d prefer keep it out of sight

As for style, create a restful feel in your hallway with a classic dove-grey colour scheme. Create subtle contrast by using a darker tone for under the dado rail and a paler shade above. Temper the look with a cream or white console table and shoe bench. Add texture with wooden and rattan storage for essentials.

Give your hallway a traditional vibe with a printer’s tray, using it to hang your keys and store your essential bits and pieces. Hang against a white wall for impact and add classic coat hooks for the ultimate stylish hallway.

Lay Victorian-style floor tiles in your hallway and restore any period features you may have. Take a look around reclamation yards for original tiles in beautifully subtle shades of brown, red and yellow.

Lay traditional flagstone flooring for a lasting and classic country-cottage look in your hallway. Have a look around your local salvage yard for original stone tiles. Finally, if you want to add a dash of country style to your hallway consider a stylish storage seat — it’s a tried-and-tested hallway storage solution.

Use it to sit down and tie your shoelaces while keeping unwanted clutter at bay in the wicker baskets.

Add a touch of industrial chic to your hallway with this fab wall-mounted wire rack. Keep letters, umbrellas, hats and gloves in the cubbyholes and your keys on the hooks below.

Inject rustic charm into your hallway while encouraging each member of your family to take responsibility for their own bits and bobs. Write their name on a blackboard square and make a rule that whatever is on the peg below is for them to sort out!

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