6 Divine Ways to Decorate your Hallway
The hallway is much more than a thoroughfare for the rest of the home: the way you decorate it is the first impression anyone will get of your interior design style. It’s one of the areas of the home you’re going to spend the most time in, giving a warm welcome to friends, family, and guests. However, most people don’t give it the care and attention that it deserves.
For that reason, we’re going to be taking a closer look at how much you can really do with your hallway if you put the time and effort in. Here are six divine ways to decorate your hallway so that it really helps the rest of the home shine.
There’s plenty you can do with the walls of the hallway. From painting to wallpapering, you can add all sorts of aesthetic twists, but there’s one that really has “wow” factor and a unique appeal above the rest. Wood panelling the hallway helps add an extra layer of depth, dimension, and tactile appeal. It helps create visual consistency throughout the entire hallway, whether it’s a half-panel or you panel from top to bottom. What’s more, there are plenty of different kinds of wood as well as paints and finishes you can apply to really customise your look.
Skirting and cornices
If you’re not panelling the walls, then you need to make sure that the skirting gets another look. Tucked in the bottom corner of the walls, this often gets overlooked by homeowners but old, faded, or chipped skirting boards can really undermine the visual appeal of your hallway, so it might be worth looking at repainting or even replacing it. Adding cornices below the ceiling can help give the walls a more distinctive, distinguished look as well, and serves as a nice architectural feature that can draw attention up to the ceiling and complements lighting focal points very well.
There are plenty of different types of flooring to look at, from linoleum to hardwood to carpets. We’ll explore carpets in a little more depth in the next point so let’s stick with hard flooring for now. Replacing old, chipped hard flooring and refinishing or resealing existing flooring can help you maintain a smooth, clean, appealing surface. Don’t neglect to invest in the strategic placement of floor rugs that can add a little softness, especially for those traversing without their shoes on. This is especially necessary if you’re using tiles, which can get particularly cold.
Carpets, on the other hand, bring all the softness you and your guests could need, but they are also demanding. A carpet that isn’t maintained, softened and cleaned quickly becomes uncomfortable and even a little gross if dirt, grime, and stains are left to grow unchecked. A stair runner serves as a good complement to a carpeted floor, too, bringing attention to the architectural features of your stairs without sacrificing any of the comforts. If you change the walls or décor style of the hall, then it’s worth looking at new patterns or colours for your carpet, too. It plays the key role in defining the overall aesthetic of the hallway.
If your hallway is looking on the dark or dim side of things, there’s plenty you can do to solve that. First of all, you can make sure that you get as much natural light from the front door by using lighter window treatments or draping. Beyond the main light fixtures, you might want to invest in adding accent lighting, such as wall lamps that can add a nice, even, warm glow throughout the hall. For areas of interest, such as shoe cubbies, coat racks, or even focal points such as vignettes, a little task lighting such as a desk light can make it more practical and visible, too.
Hallways are often narrow by their very nature. This means they can sometimes feel cramped, even if there isn’t much in the way of décor or furniture cluttering them up. Mirrors can help you open them up immediately, by creating the sensation of more space. They have plenty of practical uses, too. For one, they can serve as the perfect place to give yourself a once over before leaving the home. They also help reflect all the lighting in the hallway, making it even brighter and more comfortable.
The average hallway deserves a lot more attention than it usually gets. Hopefully, the tips above have given you some ideas, so you can create the warm, welcoming, and gorgeous space that serves as the perfect introduction to the home.