Impress by Planning Your Hallway with Some Thought

Impress by Planning Your Hallway with Some Thought
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First impressions are everything, and your home’s hallway is no exception. It’s the gateway to your sanctuary, and you want it to make a lasting impression on anyone who enters. Are you ready to masterfully plan your hallway and turn it into a showstopper? Then keep reading! Don’t limit your hallway to a narrow, functional space connecting rooms. Instead, let’s explore some ideas to maximise the available space and turn it into an integral part of your home design. With creativity, your hallway can become a work of art showcasing your unique style and personality. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. So, let’s get started!

Impress by Planning Your Hallway with Some Thought
Impress by Planning Your Hallway with Some Thought

Hallway flooring

Don’t let high traffic ruin your hallway’s fabulous flooring! While appearance is important, it’s also crucial to choose the flooring that can withstand the constant hustle and bustle without taking a beating. But don’t worry; you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality. If you’re a carpet lover, choose a design that can handle the wear and tear of a hallway. Opt for colours that won’t show dirt too easily and patterns that inject some personality into your passageway.

And the best part?

Patterned carpets don’t require frequent vacuuming, saving you time and energy. But if you’re looking for a stress-free, easy-to-maintain flooring option, consider tiles, quality stone tiles, porcelain or vinyl. These options are practical and stylish and can be easily wiped clean. Wooden floorboards are also a great choice but protect against grit scratches with a doormat. Ready to transform your hallway flooring into a functional work of art? Keep reading for more tips and tricks.

Main house feature

Know whether you want the hallway to be a prominent home feature. If your hallway space is spacious enough, allow as much room as possible for guests to move about when they gather there. Vaulted ceilings can make your hallway design feel spacious and attractive while allowing lots of light to pass, giving the room some life. You can make a hallway functional or additional living space, such as a reading area or office.

Add some storage solutions

In most homes, hallways are handy storage locations; you can make yours into the perfect storage solution. Hallway storage options such as shoe racks and benches will ensure new footwear, among other things, has been stored away safely. Benches are also a good choice considering they offer a sitting surface to help people remove tight boots and other shoes before entering the house, especially in snowy climes. Wall and floor-standing racks also help in maximising storage space. Apart from shoe racks, you will find storage benches, coat racks and cabinets that can help put the hallway space to great use. Mirrors, display units, bookshelves and ladder shelf units are other add-ons that can help tastefully maximise the room in a hallway.

Create some hallway impact

The hallway is one of the areas people are probably passing through all the time. If you want to give guests, friends and visitors some taste of your elegant personality, this is one place you can with ease. Use favourite rugs, quality paintings, photographs and other family heirlooms to create an impact.

Colour is essential in any home; hallways are another place to use the best. Sometimes white is uninviting and ordinary while introducing diverse shades of colour through fabrics like console table linen, rug or curtains, wallpaper, plant, or painting can make the most impact. Narrow and long hallways would look exceptionally beautiful if patterned wallpapers were added amidst visually reducing the passage’s length.

rug on the floor
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Don’t forget the light

A hallway needs to be well illuminated, such as through wall lights. If you go with traditional or modern lampshade choices, you could select longer candle-stick stems to add some elegance and style. Add a couple of mirrors to take the light further down the hall. Hallways with windows and enough space can have a table or chair below them. In contrast, window boxes or privet hedges are better than net curtains in covering the window’s lower part, ensuring aesthetics are uncompromised and privacy is retained.

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Hallway heating is a little challenging, considering incorporating radiators, including coat racks, lamps, armchairs or tables, is tricky. However, under-floor heating and hallways work well whether the flooring is wooden, ceramic tiled or concrete. Don’t forget to give the hallway a wow factor using strip lighting with tones and a polished floor while adding some character that draws the eye without clutter. Dark-coloured hallways required a boost of light with table lamps and decorative sconces for the walls, among other glossy accessories.