This month, we’re going to talk hallways.
It’s the one room in the house that offers visitors a first glimpse into your home’s personality, however it’s quite often the room that is overlooked in terms of decor and practicality. Luckily, hallways are usually of limited size, therefore they can be spruced up in a weekend once you have a plan in place. Here are some points you need to consider before tackling the hall to ensure it will become a decluttered, yet stylish, part of your home.
Quite possibly the number one priority in a busy hallway is getting the storage right. In such a high traffic area, it can become very untidy very quickly! Ensure you have ample storage solutions in place that suit the space available. So, if you have room for a hall console table, place boxes underneath for shoe storage and hats and gloves. Also handy are drawers for post, keys, sunglasses and other small items. If your hallway is narrow, consider attaching funky hooks to the wall for coats and bags or choose a mirror with a built-in shelf for storing post and keys. A modern coat/umbrella stand is also a lovely addition to a hall where space allows.
It goes without saying that a mains light in the hall is a necessity, however if possible, consider a table lamp, too. It will cast a warming glow to return home to in the dark evenings and make the space feel cosy and inviting. Another space-saving option would be to attach an angled lamp to the wall,
perhaps to illuminate a painting or mirror.
The hallway needn’t be a plainly decorated space devoid of character. It should reflect the style in the rest of your home and
because we don’t tend to spend a long time there, you can get away with quirky decor touches you wouldn’t consider elsewhere. Liven up an all-white hall with a vivid splash of colour by way of a patterned rug or some striking artwork. Add in some greenery in a beautiful planter or trailing down from a shelf, create a f
eature wall of photos or include a chair or small bench for putting on your shoes or to set a bag on. Lastly, experiment with patterned wallpaper or unusual art pieces to create a focal point.
The key thing is to evaluate how your hallway can be better organised to make daily life that little bit easier,
without losing your sense of style along the way.