Your hallway is the first thing you see when you come through the door, and the last thing you see when you leave for the day, so why do so many of us dismiss it as a bit of a design wasteland? All too often, incredible homes leave the hallway as an afterthought, resulting in a cluttered and chaotic entryway to a household. This is no way to set the tone for yourself or for your visitors. Putting together a flawlessly styled hall doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, with these pro pointers, you’ll get there in absolutely no time! Here’s how to decorate your hallway like an interior design expert…
First things first, you’ll need to completely clear out your hallway. Yes, this sounds like an awful lot of effort, however, if you’re ever going to get that fresh, picturesque look that you’re pining for, then it’s very necessary. Clearing your mess will enable you to see how much space you have to work with and figure out it’s potential! Plus, it’s always good to have a bit of a sort out every now and then, especially in family homes.
Make Your Measurements
Now that you have a lovely clean space to work with, you can figure out just how much there is! Making measurements is a key component to pretty much every interior design, decor or furniture decision – if it’s to do with your home, you should have a measuring tape handy, full stop. Measure your hall and start to play around (to scale) with ideas for furniture or decor placement. If you’re planning on purchasing new pieces, this will ensure that everything fits seamlessly and looks stunning – no pesky furniture returns for you.
Pick a Theme
Pick a theme to play with to give your hallway styling some much needed direction. You should take a look at the rest of your home to see if there’s any overarching design category to play into. The limitations are really your creativity, however, keep in mind that hallways are usually pretty small and narrow spots so make your colour palette nice and airy, save the moody stuff for further into your home. Styling in accordance with the rest of your home will bring that cohesion and thoughtfulness that often comes with professional interior design talents.
Invest in Storage Solutions
Ok, you need to have some form of storage in your hallway in order for it to look put together. If you don’t already have a shoe rack, bookcase, display cabinet, blanket box, chest of drawers or some shelving in your hallway then it’s high time you headed out to hunt one down. Having a place to stash shoes, keys, coats and bags will ensure that your home always looks as organised and stylish as possible. This will also just make your life easier, no one wants to spend ages fumbling for keys or loose change when they’re running out the door.
Consider getting a small figurine or bust near where you put your keys and change to make this decor stand out a bit. You can get relatively inexpensive Roman statues or busts because they effortlessly add elegance to any space.
Look at Your Lighting
Lighting can make a big difference, and it’s important that you blood your hall with as much lighting as possible in order to make it look and feel bigger. Choose a statement floor lamp, install some wall lighting or pop a brighter bulb in that overhead spotlight. This is going to make a massive difference and illuminate your hard interior styling work.
Finally, if you’re working with a seriously small space, then consider adding some floating shelves, painting the walls a statement colour or putting together a gallery collage of art or photographs to bring some amazing style without crowding your limited room.