The handy place you keep your keys, coats and shoes. Plus, the first place you (and guests) see when you get in. More than just thoroughfares, hallways all over the home can be crucial storage points and stylish spaces. So why not make it an entrance to remember? Some furniture and accessory updates are an easy way to give hallways greater practicality and uplifting style.
WHAT TYPES OF STORAGE SOLUTIONS ARE BEST FOR YOUR HALLWAY?
Give yourself the perfect welcome when you come in the front door with a chic and smartly designedThese handle important business by storing your keys for you as soon as you get in. Designs with drawers can also keep other spares apart from keys for you when you’re rushed. Can’t find your phone charger cable? Good thing there’s one in the front hallway table for you to grab on your way out.
The front hallway is also where the shoes come off and relaxation starts. Make sure your homecoming begins more comfortably (and with less stooping) by having a bench there to sit on while slipping them off. It’s also a chance to be clever and use dual function furniture. Storage benches work excellently here and in other hallways in your home. A dedicated shoe bench by the front door will keep things nice and neat, without the risk of tripping over.
Coats come off in the hallway too, so allow them a decent hangout with a stand or coat rack. There are highly efficient designs with different sized hooks to fit coats, jackets and hats. Along with your outerwear, an umbrella stand can make a stylish addition to a front hallway. It’ll be a crucial port of call if there’s rain waiting for you on the outside.
Throughout the rest of your home, hallways can offer space for bookcases and shelving units, freeing up space in other rooms. Books are in their element here, reducing clutter throughout the home.
WHAT SIZES AND MATERIALS ARE BEST FOR YOUR HALLWAY FURNITURE?
Designs that work well in limited spaces are ideal for hallways. A perfect example is a glass console table with slender legs. The reflectivity of the glass will enhance light and make the hallway feel more spacious, while slender legs will open up the area. There are also innovative shoe storage units that use vertical wall space to prevent footwear being sprawled across the hallway floor.
Any table with clean lines and a slim design will work well in a hallway. Use it as an opportunity to combine textures and add depth to the décor. Wood designs with exposed grains will add warmth while copper and glass will add a touch of industrial chic. A wooden coat stand is a classic choice for hallways but if you don’t have the room on the floor, look for sturdy walls hooks instead.
The same goes for shelving units: use the walls to give yourself options. Look for tall slender pieces that will take up less surface area while drawing the eyes upwards to create a greater sense of height and space. Open shelving is a great option for hallways too; it doesn’t encroach on the space around it. Like tables they also give you the chance to weave more colours, materials and textures into your décor.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU ACCESSORISE THE HALLWAY?
You can certainly elevate your hallways from mere walkways to vibrant and elegant areas. A wallis a failsafe choice. It will add light and create a sense of greater space (not to mention a place to check you look shipshape before leaving the house). An eye-catching frame design will make it more of a showpiece. Pairing tables with mirrors is a winning combo that will work in all hallways.
Don’t hoard all your favourite art or photos in your rooms either. Enliven blank hallway walls with them too. They’ll catch your eye and raise your spirits as you get from A to B. Likewise for any cherished ornaments and objects that you have stored away but could have on show. Make them table decorations or have them out on hall shelves instead. Tables and shelves also holdto brighten up spaces and set the right lighting mood.