It’s a new year, and maybe you’ve promised yourself a more organised lifestyle. Why not start by considering what your hallway looks like and how it is arranged? The hallway is the first room you see when you arrive home on weekdays, and the last room you leave in the morning. The hallway also gives guests a first impression of your home, so make sure it is a reflection of you and your personality!
There are never too many hooks in a hallway! Nor too many pieces of furniture with drawers, preferably clearly identified by function so that all members of the family can easily find their gloves, hats and waterproofs. Make sure the hooks are strong enough to hold heavy bags holding books and computers securely without risking the hook parting company with the wall. Invest in freestanding baskets which can be brought out seasonally, to hold warm blankets in winter and beach towels, beach toys and balls in the summer. The solution above has been created by @vitavillan14 and @lina_isaksson.
A simple seat always has a place in a hallway. It is a place where you can sit down to tie your shoes, put your bag when you arrive home, or which provides a simple and temporary storage surface in your hallway. It doesn’t matter whether it is a stool, a small sofa or your stairs which meets this need. Stools and simple chairs may be the most practical, since you can move them to meet the varying needs of the seasons.
A practical floor, such as slate or stone, which can cope with muddy boots after a walk in the rain is ideal. A doormat is essential to prevent dirt, gravel and small stones being carried indoors, but a larger rug further inside the hallway is another smart idea. If you have a hard floor in a sparsely-furnished hallway, a stressful morning when a young family is trying to get ready to leave the house can be very noisy. In this case, a large rug helps to keep down the racket.
It is important to consider the lighting in a hallway. Consider your light sources, including general lighting, point lighting and mood lighting – all three fulfil an important function in your hallway. General lighting, such as ceiling lights, are great when you are getting your kit together and are about to leave. Point lighting, such as light fittings which can be targeted at specific areas, are an exciting addition to a hallway. You can aim beams of light at the walls which recreates the room and sets the stage, making it both dramatic and inviting. Mirrors also play a practical role in a hallway, but can also add a warm look as they reflect daylight or candlelight.
5. The walls
The hallway is usually the first impression visitors have of your home, and it should feel welcoming and inviting. Patterned wallcoverings in deep colours can help do this. Usually, you don’t spend a lot of time in the hallway – it is more of a transit room. Beautiful wallpaper can also help to pull the whole look together in a space littered with outer garments in a rainbow of colours and all sorts of odd pieces of furniture. A decorative wall can frame the picture and attract attention. The fact is that heavily-patterned walls are less sensitive to wear and tear. A mark left by something knocking the wall is less visible against a pattern than against a plain, white surface.
If your hallway is small, you may think that it isn’t the right place for patterned wallpapers, but you would be wrong! A hallway is a great place to experiment with patterns. Patterned walls can make small areas feel very cosy and friendly, as if visitors were stepping into a jewellery box. So if you have a small hallway, this is one of the tips you really should consider.
It’s a great feeling to be greeted by an attractive and practical hallway as part of everyday life. In fact, the hallway is my next project. New wallpaper, new lighting, a vase of flowers, some new hooks – anything to make it easier to use and more welcoming when we return home from work, school and all our other activities!