Set the scene for the rest of your home with these hallway decoration ideas.
The hallway is an introduction to your home - and we all know first impressions count. So you'll want to consider these hallway tips and tricks to make it a warm, welcoming and clutter free space that will get a good reception from friends and family.
Things to consider first
Is your space long and narrow?
Don't despair if it is. You can use clever tricks to make it feel more spacious, such as using large mirrors or recessed ceiling lights along one side of the wall to create an interesting feature.
Does it receive any natural light?
If not, avoid harsh ceiling pendant lights and draw the eye into the house by illuminating the far end of the hallway. You could even consider built-in stair lights for an ambient glow.
Plan a look to match your decor.
If lots of rooms lead off from your hallway, research and choose a colour palette that complements the other rooms to create a harmonious and natural flow.
Stairs are probably the first thing you look at when you enter your home, so they are important to get right. There's a lot you can do to jazz up your staircase, starting with a stylish runner. Runners are great for busy family households due to their non-slip and noise-reducing properties. Go bold with stripes or keep it classic with a natural weave.
You could also consider making a statement by painting the entire staircase a dark colour. Alternatively you could paint the treads of the stairs white, and the staircase risers an interesting bright colour to liven up the place.
Durable, easy-to-clean, painted tongue-and-groove panelling is a practical solution for a high-traffic hallway where muddy boots, bikes, scooters and hands come into contact witht he walls often.
However, hallways are a grear opportunity to be a little more daring with your decoration choices seeing as it's not a room you spend too much time in and only pass through. If space is tight, and you don't have a lot of room for neat little trinkets and other personal items, then a feature wall with some artsy wallpaper is an ideal way to add some character.
Large pattern repeats are best suited to bigger areas to get the full impact of the design, and when it comes to colour choice, remember to think about the adjacent rooms and what vibe you want to create.
You're going to want to make long-lasting flooring choices so it's not something you have to keep revisiting. Carpet is hard to keep clean, especially with people walking in and out all day. Therefore it is wise to go with wood, ceramic tiles or a quality laminate.
Linear patterns such as parquet, herringbone and geometrics are popular floor design choices. However, If you want something softer underfoot that's a bit more vibrant, add a runner or rug - geometric patterns are also a good chocie for rugs.
Hallways can often end up as a dumping ground for coats, shoes and unneccessary bits and bobs. So, it's important to weigh up your storage options.
Your first port of call should be a built-in under-stair cupboard. Add shelves up to stair height and deck them out with wicker or fabric storage boxes. If you don't have the room for that, and have a long narrow hallway, opt for a slimline console table with drawers instead.
The alternative is to embrace the clutter with stylish coat pegs and shoe racks. If you put effort into a dedicated 'clutter zone' you can make a masterpiece out of the mess.
If there isn't room for even a slimline console table, go for slim shelves so you can display family photos and plants to add some personality. It's a good idea to pop some scented candles on there as well as the fragrance will carry into the adjacent rooms and keep your house smelling lovely and fresh for guests.
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