Make an Entrance
The hallway is more than the sum of its part, it’s more than an entryway or path to take you from point A to point B; and if it’s not, then you’re not utilising the space you have to its full potential. The hallway in most homes is the first room that guests experience, and for this reason, alone it’s a space that shouldn’t be overlooked.
There’s lots of ways to transform your hallway, here are a few of our inspirations:
Tips to Transform a Hallway
Before you can create an ambience, you need to decide on what you want it to be – what first impression do you want to give to your guests? Perhaps you want to opt for something light, bright and welcoming. Or, do you want to invite people into a rich and cosy cocoon?
Your colour scheme in this area will dictate heavily the tone of the room, for instance, a lighter palette will reflect more light and open your space up. If you want to enhance the space, try using paler shades on the side walls – this will push them out visually - and go darker on the end walls to pull them in.
If you’d prefer a dark scheme, shades like deep petrol blue or rich mahogany, they work well in smaller spaces to transform a hallway into a warm, welcoming and cosy area. A dark palette will make light rooms that flow from it will seem more spacious in comparison; and will withstand the test of time (by not showing those bike marks, mud stains from the dog and jam hand prints from the little ones).
Do you have a favourite colour that’s just a little bit too bold to paint a whole room in it? The hallway is the perfect place to experiment with crazy interior design ideas to express yourself.
While we want to be crazy and try new things like the walls, your floors still need to remain practical to deal with heavy ‘traffic’.
Soft floor coverings like sisal, carpet or coir matting, are ideal for dampening noisy entrances and will add to your warm and cosy décor. The use of stripes on the floor will lengthen or widen (depending on the direction of the stripe), which can help enlarge your space. If you’ve decided on a jazzier flooring option, we suggest keeping furniture to a minimum to allow your carpet the full effect.
If your home is occupied by multiple or mucky feet, carpet might end up being bit of a nightmare. Tiles are a great alternative; they are hard-wearing and low-maintenance. You can make a statement with graphic designs or have some fun with bold patchwork tiles.
While serving as one of the most important functions in your house, stairways are often overlooked as places to be statement places too; staircases are a fantastic place to inject some personality into the design and décor or your home.
There’s multiple ways to make your staircase a feature. You can start by painting the risers and adding some colour with bold stripes to draw the eye upward, or geometric shapes, on a stair runner. Ensure the flow from stairs to the hallway by choosing a floor covering that complements or echoes colour from the runner. If you have a floating staircase, you can create a similar feature by cutting individual runners for each stair riser.
The wall space next to stairways could be home to your favourite art pieces, a photo gallery, or a bold colour or contemporary wallpaper design. Strong colours tend to work well in stairways, especially when off-setting a more neutral colour in the hallway; so be brave and be bold.
If you’re a budding artist you could try your hand at a wall mural, maybe something nature-themed? It’s a great contemporary alternative to wallpaper that will showcase some personality!
Let There be Light
Hallways are often bogged down by narrow passages, shoe racks and coat hangers – so it’s important to focus on light.
Start by enhancing the natural light to the hallway, by making the windows a focal point. One way to do this could be by placing a table and chair underneath or a vibrant window box instead of nets or curtains. Always remember the strategic placing of mirrors to reflect your natural light.
Wall and floor lights work well and create depth, but you could also employ a row of small pendant lights to give the impression of a longer space. If you choose a chandelier in a low ceiling hallway, dispense with the chain and choose one with a flush fitting.
Form and Function
With the above ideas in mind, it’s important not to lose track of your hallway’s intended purpose. While it’s encouraged to let this space reflect your interests in the décor, it should still work through the furniture that you choose.
Kit out your hallway with hooks or hat stands and a shoe rack or basket. It’s easy to end up with all your shoes downstairs, so consider having a hook, basket or drawer for each member of the family to avoid clutter. Try to only allow your most used items to remain in this area, this will allow space for guests to store their belongings.
If you’re blessed with ample space, try including a place to sit (for putting on and taking off shoes), it’ll transform a hallway instantly. A bench that doubles up for storage would be ideal.
Most importantly don’t let your hallway become a dumping ground; a well-placed basket at the foot of your stairs to collect items that need to go up will serve you endlessly!
This is a guest post written by Sasha Newbury from A Fancy Home.