How To Brighten Up Your Hallway

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How To Brighten Up Your Hallway

Let’s be honest; it’s one of the most difficult areas in a home to decorate and often it just ends up as a dumping ground for coats, shoes, etc. And a highway into the heart of the house. But if you fancy your hallway to be more than a dark, dingy alley, there are multiple ways to create a warm, bright, welcoming space that really sets the tone for the rest of your home.

Beginning With The Door: Bright Doorway



It makes sense to begin at the front of the house and look at your doorway when decorating the hallway. If your space is dark, think to repaint the inside of your door a light and welcoming colour, or even investing in a new door with some glass. Remove any heavy curtains and drapes to enable the light to pass through, and ensure your draught excluders are satisfactory to save on energy.

Tackling The Floor:

This is where you can have some fun, and lighten up a dim hallway. If you do not have the luxury of a spacious hall area, adding colour and interest on the floor is a good way of bringing it to life. Think about the colours and pattern, especially since this area can get quite dirty, so might need extra work to keep clean. Obviously, a white floor is going to require plenty of cleaning, while a black rug will show all of the bits. So as lovely as they may look, think how much time you want to spend on vacuuming.

Decorate Your Stairs:

For most of us, the stairs are directly ahead as we enter the hallway. Why not make them a feature? Add interest to the risers, or a vivid or striped carpet. Lighting on the sides of the stairs can look stunning in the evening too. There are loads opportunities here; the only limit is your imagination.

Keep It Simple:

Whatever space you have to work with, storage needs to be an essential part of your design. Space for coats, shoes, hats, etc. Is crucial if you don’t want a jumbled, messy entrance. If the hallway is too tight for storage on the floor, consider a hat/coat rack, they can look very cool and be practical at the same time.

Wall Mirrors:

This is one the easiest ways to help a space look brighter; narrow hallways benefit massively from a mirror wall. And of course, everyone loves a swift once-over to check their appearance before they leave.

The Final Touches:

Placing a bench or chair near the front door is a delightful touch if you have space, and gives you somewhere to sit while you put on your shoes. Combining the seat with some storage is a way to maximise space and keep the area neat and tidy.

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