Make An Entrance: Decorating Ideas for the Hallway

The hallway is usually the first thing your guests see when they cross the threshold of your home. It’s also the first sight you’re greeted with when you come home from a hard day at work. For these two reasons, it’s important that your hallway makes a great first impression. To help you create an entrance you can be proud of, I’ve mustered together 5 fantastic hallway decorating ideas…

1) Create the period look

One sure-fire way to create a winning entrance to your home is to piece together a charming Victorian display in your hallway. Made from clay and available in a variety of different colours, Gosford Tiles allow you to piece together an expensive, exclusive look, and add age, character and warmth to your house. For the awesome Harry Potter print on the wall, try MinaLima Store.

Victorian Hallway

2) Go geometric

If, like me, you visit interior design shows, you’ll have noticed an abundance of geometric patterns. They’re appearing everywhere: in the design of contemporary furniture; on soft furnishings; on wallpaper, rugs, blinds and curtains. Now, they’re appearing on tiles, too. Azulejo Tiles have a gorgeous eye-catching geometric design, and are perfect for creating a statement floor in a hallway. In any interior area, a statement floor does all the talking – so the rest of your decor can afford to be plain and simple.

Hallway geometric tiles

3) Add a table

If your hallway is wide enough, add a slim, wall-hugging table (preferably one with drawers for extra storage). This will add as a practical space which you can pop your keys and other items on as you walk past. You can dress it with a table runner that matches your colour scheme. To add an instant pop of colour into your hallway, sit a vase full of flowers on the table. We love this Hallway Storage Desk from Lilly Loray…

Hallway storage desk

4) Add a rustic bench

To inject that sought after rustic look into your hallway, introduce a rustic bench. These normally consist of fairly bleached colours, which can look pale – so inject some warmth by adding red cushions, or by hanging a folded red throw over the back-board. Again, there’s practicality in adding a bench to your hallway, as it gives you a place to sit whilst you’re taking off your shoes. Alternatively, if your friends call on you and you’re not quite ready, they can sit and wait on the bench, and you don’t have to worry about making your lounge guest-ready! Try this Rustic Pew Bench from The Orchard…

Rustic pew bench the orchard

5) Add a runner

If my earlier flooring suggestions aren’t for you, and you’re sticking with plain wooden boards or wood effect tiles (either by choice or by budget), then there’s still an affordable way you can inject a little bit of interest into your floor space. Introduce a runner – a long, thin rug that covers most of the hallway’s length. Choose a single colour, or go for a more interesting pattern. It will help to break up your dull wooden floor space, and will drawer guests into your home. Try this Herringbone Runner from Dash and Albert Europe…

Herringbone runner Dash and Albert

I hope you’ve found these hallway decorating ideas insightful! Send pictures of your finished hallway decorating projects into us on twitter @wallsandfloors. We’ll retweet our favourites!

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