For many homeowners a hallway is merely a passage to the rest of the house. However, if utilised to its full potential it can be an excellent place for storage and a valuable room of the house. No longer does the hallway have to be cluttered with shoes, coats and hats, it can now be a comforting and relaxing room of the house.
Often hallways are the least spacious room in the house, this can make decorating them a hard task. Blank walls can make the hallway look uninviting and cold; if you already have plain wallpaper and don’t want the hassle of stripping it and repapering there are a number of options available to make the blank walls more appealing.
If you’re feeling creative you could stencil some designs onto the existing wallpaper in a colour of your choice, not only do you get to choose the colour you also get to pick the design too. This can also work on old furniture that needs a facelift. Try to pick out a colour or design from an existing item in your hallway so everything ties in nicely.
Another alternative to repapering is to add a border to the existing wallpaper. This can be done with a bit of DIY and adhesive. When choosing your border, ask to take samples home and pin them on your wallpaper to see if they suit the current colour scheme. It’s best to leave the samples pinned up for a few days to see what they look like in different lights. When you have found your perfect match, use a spirit level to check that you’re applying the border straight.
Designer radiators that are wall mounted can also be a convenient space saving device. Try funky radiators so you can double them up as an ornament and eye-catching feature as well as a heat outlet.
Ladder radiators are handy for hallways as you can hang coats, gloves and scarves over them to warm so they’re toasty for when you are ready to leave the house.
Floating shelves can be great for displaying accessories and ornaments on where there’s no room for accessories. They also help to break up blank walls and can be easily taken down or moved if required. Displaying framed family photographs along with flowers in a pretty vase can be a warm welcome to guests whilst adding a personal touch to the room. Floating shelves are a convenient for placing an air freshener on, particularly if you store shoes and coats in the hallway which can harbour strong odours.
If you have a rather large hallway you could try placing a sofa combined with storage drawers in there. Not only does the sofa ease the task of putting shoes on and tying laces but the storage underneath means you can stow away shoes and other items which would normally be on display, helping you to de-clutter.
Hallways can be a valuable room of the house, which is why decorating them tastefully is important. They’re often the first room that a guest or resident sees, and first impressions count. Make yours count by wowing your guests with a welcoming and modern appearance.
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