Your hallway is the first thing that anyone sees when they enter your home, and as they say, first impressions count. Your hallway sets an ambience for the rest of your house and can change a person’s entire mood in a few seconds. When it comes to creating a perfect whole way it can be quite difficult to decide what is best to do, especially when the space is so small in comparison to the rest of your rooms. With space for only perhaps a radiator, somewhere to hang your coats and a mirror how exactly do you make your hallway stand out?
Use your stairway runner to create a statement:
Normally in smaller sized always your stairs are the centre of focus. They take up most of the room and are what people notice as soon as they walk in. For this reason, they can be fully utilised to make your hallway pop.
There are so many variations of carpets and rugs available on the market that can be used in combination with your colour scheme to create a statement. Try experimenting with colours, using contrasting carpet and stair colours if you like the less bold look. If, however, you embrace all things patterned and then look for bold colours with simple patterns to help you create the look that you desire.
Painted doors can make a big difference:
This is probably the easiest thing you could do to make a big difference in your hallway. Painting the inside of your door a big bold colour cannot only help create a statement but break up an otherwise bland area.
Keep the walls a light neutral tone, and tie in the colour from your door by painting your radiator in the same colour. If you have the wall space using frames for photos that match the colour of your door can also help create a cohesive look that will attract attention.
Half-paint walls for a long-lasting look:
The hallway walls tend to take most of the beating in comparison to the rest of the house. We dredge through there without dirty shoes, drag along our bikes and trample in dripping wet with rain. Painting half the wall in a darker colour can help maintain freshly painted walls for longer.
Fully painting the walls are dark colour can make the room look smaller than it already is, giving it a dark and dingy feel, which is something that is not ideal. If however, you have I want to try out different textures and prints going down the route of wallpaper or tiles is a very good idea.
Because your hallway is not a place that is used for long periods of time you can afford to experiment in it. Using tiles are different colours and textures can help creates an interesting look and also be very easy to clean. You can also use any wallpaper that you have seen in the shops and are hesitant to try somewhere else in the house in the hallway to give it a bold look.
Store things in an efficient way:
Having shoes and coats strewn about the hallway in their haphazard manner can also make it look smaller and more dingy that it actually is. Before deciding what type of storage you need, it is essential that you sort through all your coats and shoes and decide which ones are most important to have immediately at hand. This will help cut down on a large amount of clutter that is currently residing in your hallway.
Once you’ve decided how much you need to store in your hallway you can then look at various storage options. Depending on the size of your hallway you will need to choose how you store shoes and coats. For small hallway is using shelving, appealing hooks and maybe even baskets can be a great solution for storage needs.
Radiator covers can also aid by providing an aesthetic finish to your hallway, and can also double as a storage solution. The shelves can be used for plants and books, and hooks can be hung off the side for coats and other accessories. This is especially useful when there are little children in the house, as it makes things more easily accessible to them.
Mirrors can help create the illusion of space:
After hanging up hooks, carefully assess the amount of wall space that you have remaining. After this go out and buy the biggest mirror that can fit into that space. Mirrors help bounce light off from different surfaces making small spaces look bigger.
They are available in all shapes and sizes, thus allowing them to be used to make your hallway decor unique to your own style. If there is a lack of wall space for a wall mounted more, a full-length mirror propped up on the floor can add a whole new dimension o the room. If opting for this, however, it is important that you keep in mind any little children that may cause the mirror to topple over.