Your hallway is the first thing that people see when they come to your home, therefore it’s important to make a great impression.
This space is not only a practical place for storing coats, shoes and keys but it’s also where you welcome guests – therefore it’s important to set the tone for the rest of the house, making it the ideal place to really show off your personality.
For some creative ideas to spruce up your hallway, take a look at our 5 tips that won’t break the bank and are bound to make all the difference:
Create An Inviting Entrance
The first thing that guests see when they approach your home is your front door – so why not transform your homes’ curb appeal with a front door you know is going to stand out. A fresh coat of paint will often do wonders – try a bold colour to brighten up the neutral colour scheme of your home.
When you first enter, be sure to have something in place to give you and others a welcoming sight. Nothing says welcome home more than seeing your family – putting up photos in the entrance hallway is great as it’s the first thing you’re greeted with.
Keep Clutter Hidden – Use Storage
Clutter is a major turn off in any home – make sure you have some units and shelves with plenty of storage to tidy away your shoes, coats and brollies. Choose furniture that’s shallow in depth too, as this will provide useful surfaces for keys and loose change. If you’re worried about space, perhaps put up some coat pegs with some shelves above it so that everything can be stored away neatly. High level shelving is a great way to store items that aren’t needed on a daily basis and they can be used to hold ornaments that will add some personality without getting in the way.
Take A Seat
Are you sick and tired of hopping around in the hallway trying to pull off those boots and wellies? Try to include a seating area within your hallways space, this will not only be an easy place to remove all of your outside clothing, but it’s also a place where you can sit in comfort.
Shed Some Light
When choosing the lighting for your entrance, it’s best to avoid harsh lights and opt for space enhancing options. If your ceiling is low, then tall lights up to the ceiling create the impression of greater height, and if your ceilings are high then go decorative with an oversized hanging light (perhaps even a chandelier!) to cast a warm glow.
Lamps are also great to give your hallway a cosy glow, and create a warm welcome every time you come in from the cold and wet. From a safety perspective, you can put these on a timer, so that on darker evenings you’re greeted with light – and it gives the impression someone is home.
Show Off Your Personality
Accessories make all the difference and it’s time to show off your personality and interests by transforming your hallway. Start off with the simple things like a side unit and rug of your choice that doesn’t take up too much space. Once you’ve got these in place you can then build from there with accessories to add that personal touch. Think about using lamps, vases, mirror, frames and ornaments etc. whatever you think works best in the space. Other decorative touches like flowers and candles will also lend your entrance way a welcoming homely feel.
Although your hallway space is often an overlooked area in the home, it’s the place that offers a first impression of your overall interior – so start thinking about our tips and make your hallway a welcoming and inviting space.
By Tony Fitz-Costa – Check me out on Google+.
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