Create a welcoming and stylish hallway for that good first impression to set the tone for the rest of your home…
Whether your hallway is grand or compact the one item you should invest in is a console table to inject some of your personality into the space. On the table display your favourite pieces – a collection of photographs, books, a beautiful piece of porcelain or a bowl of flowers or a vase of greenery – or all of these! A table lamp will provide ambient light and therefore a nice welcome.
A welcoming hallway colour
The wall colour you choose will say a lot about you and your home. Consider wall panelling painted an off white to complement richer colour on the remaining walls. Or paint a small wall in a dark grey or an injection of colour.
The hallway floor
There are two things to consider when choosing flooring. Firstly the practical one; as you enter your home the first metre collects the majority of the dirt from your shoe. At the very least ensure you have a good quality doormat. And secondly, hallway flooring creates a great visual opportunity. Terracotta flooring is back on trend – a classic style, hard wearing, practical and beautiful too. A rug is also a good idea as it will collect any remaining dirt from your shoes, as well as provide colour and texture to define the space.
A place to sit
If you have the room a bench or small sofa will define the space as a room rather than just somewhere to pass through. Together with a rug, table and lamp, you will turn this area into a really nice place to be.
There is nothing worse than entering a home to be greeted by a pile of footwear that you have to step over. If you have the space then consider a built-in cupboard, particularly if you don’t have a separate large laundry/mudroom. At the very least, have a large basket to throw your shoes into.
A beautiful pendant will provide a focal point and a table lamp will offer soft ambient light. Wall lights are back in fashion and hallways and staircases are a great place to install these. Remember that good lighting is really key to having a welcoming hallway.
The finishing touches
Nothing else says more about you than your choice of art and a favourite piece, or several pieces, in the hallway will bring you joy and will also tell your visitors so much about you. Alternatively, a collection of family photos is a great way to decorate this area. A mirror is an excellent idea to touch up make-up and arrange hair to ensure you leave the house each day looking great!