The hallway of your home is the first thing you and your visitors will see, so you will want it to be welcoming
and in a similar style to the rest of your home decor. Following a few simple guidelines will allow you to have
an entranceway you can be proud of and which is as practical as possible.
First of all, consider your colour scheme. If the hallway tends to lack natural light and is quite small you may
want to choose light-coloured wall coverings or paint to make it seem light and spacious.
If the ceiling is high and the space feels cold, a warm, dark colour such as burnt sienna or terracotta can help
transform the area into a warm and comforting entranceway. Alternatively, use wall art in these colours and
hang along one wall, this will also add warmth and texture to the room.
Practical considerations are important in the hallway. The hallway and stairs will be the most frequently used
part of your home and will receive a lot of wear and tear, especially if you have children or pets or live in the
countryside. Choose long-lasting, washable wall coverings which can be wiped clean or even scrubbed gently.
Your choice of floor covering needs to be hardwearing and easy to clean. The floor should be nonslip, particularly
on the stairs and a sturdy mat just inside the front door will bear the brunt of most of the dirt.
* Empty space under the stairs can be adapted into a cupboard or to take shelves
* Wall-mounted shelves or a specially designed unit will hold the telephone and directories
* Hanging hats and scarves on a hatstand will add a touch of elegance
* A lidded seat or large storage basket for shoes etc