Nothing beats the joy of living in an aesthetically decorated home. Whether you stay in a plush bungalow or a compact studio apartment, there’s nothing more rewarding than returning to a beautiful home after a tiring day at work.
But, most people focus their efforts on decking up different rooms of their living space. You might take things up a notch by building a backyard patio or terrace garden. But if you’re like most people, you’ll end up ignoring an important section of your home – the hallway.
Think about it – the hallway isn’t just a narrow passage that leads to your living room or kitchen. It’s the first thing your guests will notice when they arrive at your home for a special gathering. It’s also the first place you’ll enter when you come back from work or a holiday. Likewise, it’s the last thing visual memory you’re going to carry of your home when you go on a long business trip.
So, decorating your hallway with the right furniture and accessories should be an integral part of your home’s interior design plan. It’ll go a long way to make a lasting first impression on your friends and family. Also, you can use it as a space to showcase your personal style statement.
The idea is to design a hallway that makes everyone feel at home the moment they step into your living space. And the best part is that decking up your hallway isn’t a rocket science that requires professional help. Nor does it have to cost a fortune.
Simple decor elements, such as a coat rack with shelf, rustic console table, or printed area rug, can go a long way to amp up your hallway. In this blog, we’ve curated a few simple techniques to give your home the hallway of your dreams. Let’s take a look.
1. Consider the Dimensions
First things first – you must remember that the primary function of a hallway is to let visitors comfortably walk inside your home. The last thing you want to do is to cram it with too much furniture and leave little room for foot traffic. Apart from being a practical inconvenience, it’s also going to stick out like a sore thumb.
That’s why it’s essential to measure the dimensions of your hallway before you start decorating it. Make sure you also keep the shape in mind while planning the decor. For instance, if you’ve got a long and narrow hallway, it’s wiser to work on the walls to emphasize the sense of depth instead of filling the space with furniture.
2. Choose the Right Colors
No. You don’t have to paint the hallway with the same colors as the rest of your home. Think about it – this is the place where you’d only be spending a few minutes of your day. So, if you like a wallpaper or color that seems too loud for your home, you could use it to create a feature wall in the hallway.
But if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy experimentation, stick to neutral colors, such as beige, brown, off-white, or gray. Apart from the walls, make sure you pay attention to the color of other elements, including furnishings, lighting fixtures, flooring, and door and window frames.
3. Create Points of Interest
Instead of throwing a few random pieces of furniture and accessories, you should focus on designing various points of interest in the hallway. It could be a vintage console table with a vase, table lamp, photo frame, and crystal bowl. Or it could be a fancy carpet leading your guests to the living room.
You could even create a wall gallery with family pictures, paintings, and digital artwork. Likewise, you could keep a wooden bench or ottoman with storage near the door. It could double up as a seating area when you want to tie your shoelaces before leaving for work.
The important thing is to not overdo it with the points of interest. For instance, if you’re creating a statement vignette on a table, it’s wiser to use a simple area rug on the floor instead of a vibrant carpet. Also, make sure the elements you use resonate with the overall decor of your home.
4. Don’t Forget Lighting
Who enjoys stepping inside a dull and dimly lit hallway? Absolutely no one. If your hallway receives plenty of natural light, use other elements, such as color and texture, to enhance its effects.
Additionally, you should keep a few sources of artificial light. From table lamps and floor lamps to chandeliers and wall sconces – you’ll find an impressive assortment of lighting fixtures. Make sure you choose the ones that’ll match the size, shape, aesthetics of your hallway.
What type of furniture and accessories have you used to decorate your hallway? Share your recommendations in the comments section below.