The importance of hallways cannot be overstated. After all, they are utilized many times each day. While we may give them little attention relative to other parts of the house, they deserve consideration. They can provide opportunities to showcase artwork, emphasize focal points or play with light. Whether your hall is wide or narrow, you can take advantage of shapes, details or color to get more pleasure from your house.
When it comes to having an inviting and well-decorated entryway, constraint drives creativity. A small entryway gives you the opportunity to tastefully introduce your home's style without the pressure of furnishing an entire room. From organizational to ornamental, these small entryway decor ideas will help you realize a space that's both balanced and beautiful.
Use a Mirror to Open Things Up
Take Advantage of Compact Seating
Create a Focal Point
Choose a Rug That Fits Your Space
Give Empty Walls Purpose
Hang Complementary Wall Art
Choose your entry and mudroom furniture with organization in mind. A bench with storage space underneath, for example, offers a spot to sit and keeps shoes, purses, and other clutter out of sight. Likewise, a stylish cabinet lends interest to the foyer and provides a convenient spot to stash belongings.
When square footage is limited, don't overlook the possibilities wall space provides. A hanging key organizer or wall hook instantly organizes your entryway with a place to hang jackets, purses, keys, and more.
How to make a hallway look welcoming?
Create useful storage –
Build some built in cupboards to keep shoes and bags hidden. You could also paint the doors to blend in with the wallpaper so it isn’t as visible. Or you could add a storage bench in your hallway and store shoes underneath it and bags inside the bench, a unique and stylish addition.
Opt for hard flooring –
Add flooring which can handle dirty footwear and lots of people treading in and out. Stone, wood and slate will work perfectly whereas carpet will just get ruined very easily.
Choose unique hooks –
If you use your hooks as decorations, it can transform a hallway immediately. Keep the look fresh and spacious by only hanging hats and scarves up whilst keeping big coats behind a closed door.
Add a mirror –
A mirror in the hallway is a big must! Whilst it will keep the light bouncing around the room, it will also make the hallway look and seem bigger. A simple, decorative focal point to any room.
Add an eye catching light –
Statement lighting in hallways sets a stylish and glamorous tone as soon as you walk through the door.
Be bold and brave –
Adding a bold statement wall in a hallway will make the room feel bright and fun. You could even add dramatic wallpaper for a more exciting and different look.
Don't forget furniture –
Console tables such as our Rustic Oak Console Table are perfect for hallways as they are slim and they look great, even for a small hallway. You could always get one that has storage built in, such as our Emsworth Oak Console Table which has a shoe rack at the bottom to save even more space.
Add a runner –
Having a runner draws the eye into your home. Keep it clear of any furniture so the space feels open and welcoming.
Make a statement –
Frame all your favourite family pictures and scatter them around one wall to create homely, elegant and unique wall art.
Add a welcoming scent –
Make the hellos and goodbyes even sweeter with a welcoming scent lingering at the entrance. Think about a bowl of potpourri, fresh flowers or a plug in air freshener.
What is a good colour for a hallway?
Neutrals will obviously ensure that your hallway feels light and airy, but also consider light and mid-tone shades of yellow, green, pink and blue – pastel colours will feel cheery and uplifting. And, of course, there's always the perfect grey paint for a timeless shade.