What does the entrance to your home say about you? First Impressions count. The hallway is the first thing your guests see, it sets the tone for the entire space, offering a glimpse into your personal style and overall aesthetic of your home. So it’s important to make the space warm and inviting. This will speak positively about how you live.
Unfortunately, it is an area we overlook. And nine times out of ten it’s used as a dumping ground for mail, jackets and shoes.
This may be partly because we feel it’s not a proper room, and it’s often an awkward space being long and narrow so can be hard to decorate. But there are endless possibilities to make it not only functional but also stylish.
So Where Do You Start?
This blog will give you some useful tips to help transform your hallway from a neglected area to a bright and welcoming space.
Before you begin the journey of transforming your entry hallway, its essential to define your style. What kind of atmosphere do you want to create? Spend some time exploring interior design magazines, websites and social media for inspiration. Is your homes aesthetic traditional, modern, eclectic, bohemian or minimalist? Your entrance should reflect your home’s overall design, so choose a style that resonates with you.
Good lighting is essential for an inviting entryway. Hallways are often dark so make sure there is adequate lighting. Take advantage of any natural light through hallway windows by removing heavy curtains and replacing them with sheer blinds.
If privacy is an issue, consider replacing clear glass with acid-etched or frosted glass panes that will let the light through but also offer some privacy.
For the main artificial lighting source, consider a large modern pendant or chandelier hanging from the centre of the hallway. For a cozy ambiance, try using wall sconces or table lamps with low wattage bulbs.
Also, mirrors can be a fantastic way of helping to provide more light – position them to reflect the sun’s rays.
Hallways are all about ambience so adding in key lighting to the entranceway will create a welcoming atmosphere.
Functionality is crucial for an entryway. They often serve as a transitional space where you can grab essentials as you enter or leave your home. Ensure that your chosen furniture and storage solutions help keep the space organised.
Firstly, keep hallways streamlined by removing any clutter. This will give guests some breathing space when they arrive.
Secondly, see what’s left to store. Look in investing in hooks, shelving or tubs to help free up the space. If possible, reposition storage further down the hall to free up the entrance space.
A narrow console table is ideal for displaying décor items and providing a surface for essentials.
If you have the space, provide a convenient spot to sit down and remove or put on shoes by adding a bench seat with handy storage underneath.
A cool idea is to install a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit this will break up the narrow horizontal space by adding in vertical lines. Here magazines, books and decorative items can be organised and displayed on the shelves.
To add something extra to the space an umbrella stand is always a nice touch. Bear in mind storage doesn’t have to be boxes or trays – vintage bowls mugs or trays can be placed to in convenient locations to throw in keys and any extra small bobs.
Select furniture that matches your style and fits the dimensions of your hallway without making it feel cramped.
Selecting the right colour palette for your entry hallway is crucial. The colours you choose can have a significant impact on the overall ambiance of your home.
For smaller hallways, opt for light and neutral colours to create a sense of spaciousness. If you want to provide a sense of calmness on entry the paint colour that you choose should blend in with the rest of the house.
Soft shades of light greys, taupes and pastels work well. A warm neutral such as Dulux Hogbristle, quarter or half strength is a good choice for a light and welcoming feel.
If you have a larger hallway and want to add some drama to the space don’t be afraid to add some deeper more vibrant colours. A long dark hallway will benefit with a brightly painted door or some funky wallpaper.
If you don’t want to commit to painting an entire wall in a bold shade, paint furniture items instead even a funky patterned floor runner could help to maintain the energetic, playful vibe.
Hallways are known be difficult to decorate but adding in simple items such as a mirror, sculpture or a living plant can work wonders to the space.
A decorative focal point will distract from any imperfections. Enliven long sight lines with a fabulous pop art welcome mat or unique object.
If you have space concentrate personalising it with an interesting piece of furniture, such as an old armchair or console table. If your hallway is tight consider decorating the the walls instead. Hang a beautifully-framed mirror or create a family photo gallery.
Don’t Forget The Front Door
It’s the very first thing visitors see, and it’s easy to improve. A fresh coat of paint, some smart house numbers and attractive hardware will all transform your entrance. If you want something fun, consider painting your front door a pastel or bright colour that will complement the rest of the exterior colour palette …. Yellow, pink, red or blue are a few options.
Express Your Unique Style
Your hallway is more than just a transitional space; it’s an opportunity to make a lasting first impression and express your unique style. By carefully choosing the right, furniture, lighting, colours and décor, you can create a welcoming and stylish entryway that sets the tone for the rest of your home. Remember to balance aesthetics with functionality to make your entrance a practical and appealing space that you and your guests will love.
If you don’t have a hallway in your property then use the ideas above to create an entrance room in your home. A console with flowers with some art over is all that you may need to create.
Take your time, have fun and explore your creativity during the process of designing and styling your perfect entryway.