When decorating our homes, it’s all too easy to forget the hallway; after all, it’s not as if we spend much time in there. But there are so many reasons for making the effort – it’s the first thing that family and friends see when they come round and it can make you feel relaxed and happy after a hard day. Whether you go for something fun and colourful or calm and soothing, here are some ideas to get you started.
Transform a bland hallway into something really special with our top tips and handy hints.
1. CHOOSE A CHEERFUL COLOUR PALETTE
'Cheerful terracotta and peach tones have been particularly trendy this year, and work perfectly to create an inviting feel for a hall and stairs scheme,' explains Helen Shaw, Director at Benjamin Moore UK.
'Alternatively, if you prefer the look of a neutral scheme, try selecting a warm off white or beige toned neutral to emulate the same inviting feel. This can then be accented with warm toned accessories and natural wooden materials for a wholesome and rustic feel to welcome you into your home.'
2. MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT
'The hallway should be somewhere that looks inviting, welcoming guests as they walk through the door. Opting for a striped carpet is also a great way to elongate a hallway and create the look of more space.
We often shy away from the idea of bold colours and a striped pattern combined, believing this to be too daring. However, when colourful stripes are adopted in the hallway this is a fantastic way to make an eye catching statement, and a look that is bound to be the envy of guests,' says Joanna Ramsden, CreativeDirector at Brockway.
3. FOCUS ON FLOORING
'Hallways and entrances are high traffic areas, so opting for quality, durable flooring is essential. Consider carpets, woods and vinyl tiles first. Patterned floorings are a little more forgiving to everyday marks and can help make a statement about your home and style as soon as you enter. In larger spaces, plain carpets work particularly well and can, if needed, be brightened up with a contrasting door mat or runner. Choose a carpet made from fibres that will naturally resist stains,' says Jemma Dayman, Buyer at Carpetright.
4. TAKE IT PERSONALLY
'The hallway is the first impression guests have of your home, so look to create a welcoming place that shows your personality,' explains Suzy McMahon, Buying Director at Sofology. 'Mixing neutral tones and materials with splashes of colour and non-imposing furniture and accessories will ensure it is an inviting space that makes visitors immediately comfortable. Storage solutions with drawers and shelving will help create a calm and uncluttered feel, and offer additional spaces to put away items that can be kept at hand but out of sight.'
5. LIGHT THE WAY
'Lighting provides an impactful finishing touch to any space,' says Rohan Blacker, Founder at Pooky. 'SS20 is all about adding pops of colour, vibrant pattern and fun textures into your home whether it be via printed lampshade, bold lamp base or quirky pendant.
Our new Shibori dip-dye printed shade is a great design for adding a dash of homely bohemian style into your space. Paired with a dramatic backdrop of a rich dark sahde, the balance is stricking yet elegant. Our decorative lighting selection really is the best place to start and will have you on-trend for your spring summer refresh.'