Cranberryhome Column: 6 clever hallway decor ideas

Hugo Fleming, Design Director of multi award-winning local interior design studio Cranberryhome, looks into some ideas to make your hallway feel more interesting, characterful and welcoming…

Firstly, we interior designers always consider your hallway as a “room.” That way, it never gets neglected.
hallways are actually one of the spaces you pass through most in your home, so we really ought to give it some thought.

Storage: Coats, shoes and bags often look untidy, so these are best relocated. Reserve a space just for
guests with a wall hung coat rack if you are still short of space.

Source shallow shoe cupboards for essential storage, plus these double up as a great focal point. You can up-scale these with cute new knobs or handles or even paint them to your colour scheme.

Add character: Your hallway and front door say a lot about you, so go for it in your hallway! Go bold with stripes, wallpaper, or a splash of bold colour. Going dark in your hallway makes connecting rooms appear brighter, so dark rich tones can make the space warmer and welcoming.

Mirrors: Essential equipment for checking your last-minute appearance before leaving. These are great at bouncing light around a small space. Round mirrors are softer on the eye, whilst rectangular mirrors offer more formal proportions. Try to avoid putting mirrors opposite entryways as this offends some people.

Create a Gallery Wall: You can display personal photos, memories, and items that make you happy! Add
coordinating frames in a single colour for cohesion or go eclectic and have random sizes and styles for that maximalism look.

Lighting: Hallways are generally short on natural light so consider statement hanging pendants for character or semi-flush pendants if you have low ceilings. Wall lights are great for adding character and light at mid-height. Add cool shades or experiment with the light going up or down.

Panelling: This adds instant character to boring spaces. It’s a traditional option but equally popular in period homes and new builds. Adding a dado rail at mid-height and panelling below works well in this space.

Consider different panelling styles to suit your property before engaging with DIY or a proficient carpenter.

Hugo is Design Director of award-winning Cranberryhome, an interior design and property styling company in Milton Keynes. A senior House Doctor consultant, Hugo is often found at Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live, and is in demand as an interior designer all over the UK.

This feature was published in the June/July 2022 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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