First impressions count, there’s no denying it. According to psychologists, they are formed within milliseconds of meeting the target and when that target is your home, the first taste of how a person lives starts from the moment you open the front door. Get it wrong and you’re up against it from the word go.
That’s why, when dream Ing of a big house in a Mid Summer style village, with a big flat garden (a rarity in my hilly village) a large entrance hall big enough for a Christmas tree where the smell of pine greets festive guests is top of my wish list. In reality I have a lobby style hall where any cat being swung would sustain serious injury. All I can do is keep it bright, shoe free and accessorised with a mirror for last-minute toothpaste-down-the-chin checks.
But a girl can dream.
So what makes the perfect hallway?
For me it’s calm and clutter free. You don’t want to be struggling to open the front door every time you come home, and from a safety perspective you need a quick exit in an emergency. I keep a basket for shoes to be chucked in. With Teenager’s friends often visiting, there’s nothing worse than the stench of smelly trainers as you walk through the door, so everything is stored in the basket (which also houses an air freshener to neutralise any feet whiffs.)
Art work is also a good starting point. This gives a hint of the personalities within the home, It could be a favourite photo of the best holiday you’ve been on. One last look at as you go out to work on a gloomy Monday morning reminds you that all your hard work will pay off, setting you up for the day with happy thoughts. My dear friend Sue loves beach huts so has decorated her hallway with a bright and airy beach hut theme.
Quotes are also good for putting you in the right frame of mind. These can be made into canvas or wall stickers, we have our family rules on our wall to remind everyone the rights-from-wrongs.
From a practical point, a flooring which can be cleaned easily is a must and for the ecologically friendly, a door curtain, like this one from Yorkshire Linen will keep drafts at bay, light out in the lighter months and add an extra accent colour to your scheme.
I’m also a fan of the console table, there are some great examples at Next. They’re perfect for key drops and air freshers. A bowl to keep your car keys in a place where you’ll always know where to find them, along with a good quality air freshener gives the quality feel as you walk buy, stirring those senses and triggering feel good factors.
There’s so much psychology in getting that first impression just right, even if it’s the room you probably spend the least amount of time in, get it right and it can make a whole heap of difference to the over all feel to your home. If thats got you thinking then pop on over to my Pinterest board for extra snippets of inspiration
What’s your favourite room your house?
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