So, this week sees the second part of ‘Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home’ and this time, it’s all about the hallway! Your hall is the first thing you and your guests see as they come through the front door – so it’s important that it makes a good impression and brings a smile to your face. There are many ways to spruce up your hallway and make it warm and welcoming, from adequate lighting and clever storage solutions, to feel-good paint colours and personalised accessories. So if your hallway could do with a bit of love, I’ve come up with some achievable and affordable ways which I’ve used in my home, and seen in others, to give it some oomph…
Partially glazed internal doors
Space and light are the two most important aspects which make a house a home; this makes hallways tricky to decorate since they are often narrow and lacking in natural light! If your hallway leads onto other rooms, use partially-glazed doors to allow natural light to flood into the hallway – a brighter room is a more welcoming room. This also helps create a feeling of space, openness and more of a natural flow from one room to another. I have Howdens ‘Downham Clear Pine’ glazed doors to connect the kitchen and the living/dining room to our hallway…
Mirrors really help define a space. They are a great way of reflecting natural light, and they can also give the impression of more space. (They also let you take one last look at yourself on your way out to check whether you have lipstick on your teeth!) Hallways can often be windowless spaces sandwiched in the middle of a home so why not create the impression of a window using a stylish mirror? I chose this gorgeous New England Georgian Window Mirror by Hill Interiors and it has really helped create some depth in our hallway.
Space is at a premium in most hallways, so furniture must be in the right proportions and offer maximum storage. Console and Demi-Lune tables tend to fit snugly into corners and crevices in a hallway. I got mine from Homesense but there are loads of beautiful designs out there to suit both traditional and contemporary interiors. The White Lighthouse have a beautiful range of console tables, at only £140 (and free delivery, hurrah!), this one is a beaut…
Or add a little chic glamour with the Detriot Console Table by Graham & Green. What a sculptural statement piece!
Or the Eva Demi-Lune table in distressed ebony by Swoon Editions. The reclaimed wood will add so much warmth and character to a hallway!
This wall-mounted coat rack by Cox & Cox is both practical and stylish in design. Giving coats, hats and scarves a home as stylish as this keeps them from ending up just being draped over the banister!
We chose these Fleur de Lis design hooks in our hallway. They’ve been up for over a year and I’m still in love with them…
Having somewhere to store your shoes is always essential in a hallway. The Hemnes unit is an absolute winner, sleek in design and takes up an impossibly small amount of floor space…
Just look at how great it looks in this hallway…
I use an apple crate to keep our shoes tidy which I bought from a company called Vintage Apple Crates which are based in Canterbury. At only 30cm deep, it fits perfectly into a little recess in our hallway and fits 6 pairs of shoes (5 for me and 1 for Adam 😉 )
Their Etsy shop is full of beautiful storage ideas, from dog beds to wine racks, all handmade and created from genuine, used apple crates. Well worth a look!
If your stairs are off your hallway, why not invest in a stair basket…
They’re shaped to fit on two stairs and are great for those times when you don’t have the time (or the energy) to put everything back in its proper place, but still need to get the house tidied up quickly, simply throw all of the miscellaneous stuff into the basket that eventually need to make the trip upstairs or down! They’re a great option for busy families as they help eliminate the pile of toys, post, socks and other bits and pieces that can grow, topple over and turn into a hazard on your stairs.
Hallways are only used as a walk-through, so you can afford to make a statement! Colour impacts our emotions and behaviours and warm colours of red, yellow and orange often evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy. Yellow particularly can be used to create a welcoming, sunny glow, perfect for giving dark hallways a lift!
How gorgeous is that Cow Parsley wallpaper by Cole & Son?
Blue is another great choice for hallways as it is a receding colour, meaning that it appears further away from you, creating the illusion of more space. This hallway has been painted in Laura Ashley’s Dark Duck Egg. Isn’t it stunning!?
For a gustier neutral, try a warm grey such as Little Greene’s ‘French Grey’ or ‘Chic Shadow’ by Dulux. When teamed with duskier, blush shades of pink, the overall effect is amazing! The perfect balance of feminine and masculine style.
Table and floor lamps help create a warm, cosy atmosphere in a hallway. I chose the Mirielle table lamp by BHS and love the way the light creates patterns on the walls.
Opting for a ceiling light with multiple arms or shades will also ensure that light is evenly distributed around the space.
Why not hang a meaningful quote in your hallway which will aid positive thinking every time you look at it? I don’t mean this “Live, Laugh Love” business, something that really speaks to you. Etsy has a vast array of artwork for you to choose from. Here are some of my favourites which I’d love to see each time I leave the house…
I’ll share my completed hallway in a few week’s time so you can see all of these elements pulled together so keep an eye out for that.
So there you have it, I hope you’ve found this entry inspirational and interesting! Please share your thoughts on ways to create a welcoming hallway, I’d love to hear them!
Keep an eye out for future posts on more ways to create a welcoming atmosphere in your home; simple ideas but ones which can be forgotten about in the busyness of daily life ?
Missed Part 1 of Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home? Read it here