What’s behind your front door?
The hallway is the first room people see when entering your home, yet it’s often the place that’s most neglected, and even a bit unloved. Most people enter via your front door, so first impressions are important. Put aside some time to revive your hallway with our simple decorative tips, covering everything you need to create a welcoming space.
A hallway isn’t complete without a new doormat; it instantly revives the doorway and looks much more inviting than a tatty old one. They encourage your visitors to wipe their feet on arrival, saving your home from muddy footprints, especially from any four-legged friends! Choosing a bright doormat is a great way to introduce colour to your hall and this Spots doormat is bold and cheerful, as well as hardwearing.
Once inside, it’s nice to decorate the entrance in a way that says something about you. Why not personalise your space with a display of pictures or family photographs with this Gallery Perfect frame set? Pick a vibrant frame or buy a few different sizes to unify the look and make a statement.
Hallways often end up a dumping ground for shoes, bags and unopened mail. Mine definitely does! Whether you’re working with a large or small room, it’s easy to utilise every inch of space with hooks, shelving and storage to help keep your hallway tidy. This HND Cafe stand is a coat and umbrella stand in one, with a classic 19th Century design that’ll always be timeless. If space is at a premium then use your wall for storage. Hang coats on the iconic Eames ‘Hang it All’ rack, or store your hats and gloves in the John Lewis wicker basket wall storage unit.
If you like your guests to remove their footwear then a storage cabinet will help to keep the floor clutter-free. A tall unit such as the John Lewis tall oak shoe cabinet holds 12 - 15 pairs but takes up less space than a shorter unit.
A console table provides a perfect surface for throwing your post and keys onto as you come home. For a light and modern look try the John Lewis Frost console, which is crafted from glass and stainless steel. If you need extra storage choose one with drawers such as the John Lewis Burford oak console - it’s perfect for hiding away your personal items.
Finally, place a mirror in your hallway for those last-minute appearance checks before you go out. Mirrors are also fantastic at creating the illusion of extra space and brighten up darker areas by reflecting light. The John Lewis Bead mirror has a clean, white frame and suits both a classic or modern home. It also comes in two sizes. Alternatively, if you want to make a bolder statement, go for the ornate John Lewis Belle mirror with its romantic design and distressed silver finish.
Just a few simple changes can help to make your entrance hall warm and inviting.