The hallway is often the last room thought about when it comes to interior styling. Yet, for many homes it is the one space we travel through the most and often the first we see when entering a home. So rather than looking at the hallway as just a thoroughfare or nothing space, why not use it as a styling opportunity to set the scene of your home!
Yes, the hallway (especially those that are more on the narrow side) can be awkward, often tight spaces to furnish with often multiple doorways and openings…. which is probably the reason why most people tend steer clear of styling them. But whether narrow or wide, there is so much you can do to add to your hallway to make it something special, giving it just as much impact and importance as the rest of your home!
Some form of concealed storage by the front door is a necessity for me! I’m always one to come home from a long day and want to drop everything as I enter the front door, but there is nothing cool about looking at a cluttered, junk filled entryway for neither you or your guests. For myself, having a designated space for my keys, sunglasses and even dog lead means I’m not running around frantically before leaving the house.
If your hallway doesn’t cater for a console with drawers, something slim and minimal can work just as well with a decorative box to store all your bits and pieces in.
If you can’t already tell, we LOVE rugs! With the hallway being the entrance to many styles of homes, there is nothing more welcoming than a soft runner rolled down the hallway to lead you in.
We always talk about rugs grounding your furnished pieces within your home, but a runner in a hallway works well on its own, often softening up the rather harsh elements the hallway consists of.
Hallways typically can equate to long empty walls. There is no such thing as too much art so whether a you a minimalist or maximalist, the hallway is the perfect opportunity to showcase your art collection! Selecting directional track lighting, or specific art lights will help bring the artwork to life and make it the feature piece of the space. And nothing makes a house feel more like a home, than a family photo wall or gallery! There are so many different ways to style your photos wall, jump on over to our blog where we share just a few of the various styles of family photo walls
Mirrors are known to be effective when making a space feel larger and bouncing light, so in a long narrow hallway a mirror could be just what you need! Pair a mirror above your console table or add it as a styling accessory when creating yourself the perfect vignette! Regardless, we all know a mirror is equally functional as it is aesthetic, providing you the ability to do a quick check before running out the door….
Here is where you can really make a statement in your hallway, if your ceiling height allows for it, hanging pendants down your hallway can disperse the perfect amount of light for a small narrow space. Otherwise simple track lighting is a more subtle and practical addition – especially when choosing to showcase artwork and / or photos. A huge favourite of mine is wall sconces, with the ability to choose the direction of your light these sometimes act like features and have the ability to completely transform your hallway!
Create a moment
Bringing all the different elements together can sometimes be the challenge. But just like any space you are styling, you need to ensure it has cohesion yet is doesn’t look too busy! Style up some of your favourite pieces to ‘create a moment’
Hallway’s might be the thoroughfare in your home, but all the more reason for them to feel relaxed. Breaking up the space with a designated resting spot can do just that. If the hallway is wide enough styling up a chair, ottoman or stool creates the perfect ‘moment’ and place of rest!
Why stop at just furnishings? For small spaces we say go bold and wall treatments are a great way of doing exactly that! A tip from me…. never stop at one wall, if you are going to do it, you need to commit! Whether that be painting, wallpaper or a unique cladding; ceiling or walls or BOTH!!!