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.