It’s the first impression when you walk into the house. The hallway is a hugely important room to your home, it’s the first you enter everyday and whether you like it or not it goes a large way to dictating how you feel about your house as a whole. I know what you’re thinking, it’s only a hallway, give it a lick of paint and it’s sorted, but you’re wrong, there’s a lot more too it than that.
Hallways tend to be fairly small and space conscious, so you need to make the most of what you have, here are a few of our tips on how to get the most from what you have:
What should you consider?
There are a few vital factors to consider before getting the brush out and starting, here is a little bit about each of them:
Make the most of your light
One particular problem I have is that the only light in my hallway comes from above the front door, so making the most of the little bit of light is necessary. That in mind, there are two things to consider here that I did to make the most of the light I had, I went for a really light colour, a blue or soft grey goes perfectly!
A further little tip was to go for a white light bulb at the top of the hallway, it made a huge difference and the light now spreads throughout the whole hallway with ease.
As mentioned above the colour scheme is important when it comes to the lighting aspect, but it’s also important to give your home a welcoming feel. The answer is it’s really up to you! It’s completely personal preference but keeping it light, grey works really well if you put some wall decor, but if your wanting something a bit more vibrant a purple or orange may work particularly well!
Mixing colours is also becoming increasingly popular, perhaps you want two walls in one colour with a “featured” wall.
Don’t forget about having a hand rail / runner fitted. It’s an often forgotten piece of the hallway & it’s necessary! The reason I’m warning you about this is that if you don’t have one then you’ll overtime find hand prints on your nicely painted walls, it’s a nightmare and is unavoidable if you don’t offer a place to focus your hands when walking up the stairs!
If your stairways are narrow then this is something you may need to be more inventive with, offering a small thin solution yet still making sure people avoid putting their hands on the walls.
Adding coat hooks, photos & other wall hanging items is common place for a hallway. It can add some character to a room and make it feel homely, but if over done it can clutter the room significantly and make it feel much smaller than it is, which is a significant problem if your hallway is already small!
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