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The hallway is the first thing people see when they walk into your house, so it pays to create a great first impression. Here are some creative ideas to give this space the wow factor.

There’s been a trend of late to revamp the small areas of your home such as the laundry, walk-in-wardrobe and storeroom. So, it’s little wonder that people are suddenly paying attention to the often neglected hallway. It makes sense really given that this space is what people see initially when they walk into your home. If you’re selling, ensuring that this area is appealing and useful is especially important as first impressions count. Here are some handy tips to consider.

Put together a beautiful vignette on a console

  • Whilst some hallways may be too narrow for a hall table, if you can accommodate one, it is an easy way to inject personality. Choose a console according to the home’s aesthetic – more ornate for a heritage home, more stream-lined for a modern one. Don’t crowd the surface with all your knickknacks though – three items is a good rule of thumb. A framed photo, artwork or book, next to a vase and ornament, all of varying heights is a fail-proof combination.

Create interest with wall hangings

  • Paintings, photographs, mirrors and wall ornaments will all add interest to bare walls, especially if you have a very long hallway. For great visual appeal, choose one or two large items and then dot a few smaller ones around it. If you’re not confident to do a mismatched salon hang, then positioning everything symmetrically will still create quite an impact and is better than nothing!

Creating somewhere to sit to take off your shoes or dump bags adds functionality to the space.

Add a touch of class with a feature chair

  • If your hallway is large enough, a feature chair or small bench is often a great addition. Not only is it a handy place to take off shoes or dump bags, it also helps define the space as an additional beautiful room, not just a place to quickly pass through. You could also add a small rug and lamp for a really impressive effect.

Extra storage is a bonus

  • It’s often a good idea to showcase the hallway as a handy area by including hall cupboards. These are especially useful for families. Cupboards can house shoes, hats, extra coats and school bags. Just make sure the cupboards are compact and have doors that fully mask whatever’s lurking inside!

Dazzle with hallway lighting

  • An amazing, low-hung pendant light will really add interest to a hallway space, even if you don’t actually use it much. It will also serve as a great talking point. Go out on a limb and opt for something in a natural texture, an eye-catching colour, or something with loads of detail. If a pendant’s a no go, then at least ensure the area is well-lit with down lights or a skylight. A dingy, dark hallway is an immediate turn-off.

A mirror positioned over a side table gives a touch of class.

Consider your flooring

  • Adding a hallway mat or long runner is a practical idea considering that you need somewhere to wipe your shoes. A runner can also define a space more and make it seem less cold – especially if the hallway is long. Sometimes people also build something into the flooring as well for the same effect – such as patterned tiles which can look really bold.

Don’t forget about colours and wall details

  • Whilst many people opt for good old white paint, adding some colour to the hallway can also create interest. You could opt for a feature wall at the end of the hallway in a different colour or wall paper for a dramatic effect. Or else if you have wood trims, consider painting them a slightly darker shade for extra interest. Wainscoting – adding panels on walls – is also a simple way to make a hallway look especially grand.

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