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How To Style a Hallway

How To Style a Hallway

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.

A beach hut inspired hall way

Beach themed hallway

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.

how to style your hall way

Door curtain from Yorkshire Linen

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.

how to style your hallway, getting the basics right

Hartford Console from Next

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

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  1. 5th June 2015 / 10:38 am

    Our hallways always ends up so cluttered and I hate it! I need to find a way to keep it more organised and make it look more welcoming xx

  2. 5th June 2015 / 12:38 pm

    I love a clutter free hallway! Although mine gets too cluttered! All our shoes are supposed to be in a basket BUT the basket over fills as we have too many shoes and then they all end up on the floor! Never ending. I am waiting for my partner to bring down a chest box, I hope to re decorate it and make it feel homely! Hopefully it will be soon!

    • 5th June 2015 / 3:08 pm

      I think it can be an on going battle when you have children. Its certainly one of my nagging moments.

  3. 5th June 2015 / 2:36 pm

    A console table and good lighting is a must for me. Certainly clutter-free minus the school bags and shoes!

    • 5th June 2015 / 3:08 pm

      i’m always trying to find good storage places for school bags, its an on going battle!

  4. 5th June 2015 / 4:01 pm

    This is great. We’ve been trying to give our place at homely and personal feel and the ideas are really good!

  5. @SarahAnneDG
    5th June 2015 / 9:05 pm

    The hall is the only part of our house that we’ve yet to decorate, but it’s on the to-do list so this was a great post to read! We have an old 30’s style cabinet in our hall where we stash our bags, and shelves and buckets in the porch for shoes…but it still ends up a mess!


    • 6th June 2015 / 8:03 am

      I neglected mine for years. So easy to make it a dumping ground though isn’t it.

  6. 6th June 2015 / 7:42 am

    We have pictures we’ve bought back from our holidays in ours. Happy memories! Lovely ideas

  7. 6th June 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Clutter free is what I aspire too (in every part of the house actually) and I think storage is the key to achieve this! That console table looks like it can hold a lot =) #pocolo

    • 6th June 2015 / 9:44 pm

      I’m finding trying to be clutter free is an on going battle with a growing family!

  8. Mummy Muddler
    7th June 2015 / 5:46 am

    Love this! Looking forward to buying a house soon and a nice hallway is high up on my priority list. I’m only just figuring out Pinterest but have followed your board for inspiration


    • 7th June 2015 / 5:52 am

      Pinterest is great for home ideas, I’ve got a home decor one I’m always pinning on. Good luck in your new home, how exciting!

  9. Amanda
    7th June 2015 / 7:41 am

    A little like you I always longed for a hallway, but here the door opens from he large patio straight into the kitchen. That’s ok as most of the year the walkway outside is the hallway. But I love the idea of a basket with freshener for the shoes. They always end up in such a mess! Thanks for sharing #SundayStars

  10. Erin @Yorkshiretots
    7th June 2015 / 7:45 am

    Really lovely ideas. My hallway is one of the worst places in the house, it’s tiny and cluttered. Off to check off your pinterest board for inspiration!

  11. Amanda
    7th June 2015 / 7:46 am

    Like you I’ve always longed for but not quite got the hallway of my dreams. In our current place the door opens from the patio garden into the kitchen, which is ok as the outside is the hallway for most of the year. But I love the idea of a basket with fresher for the shoes, they always end up in such a mess! Thanks for sharing #SundayStars

    • 7th June 2015 / 9:04 am

      you’re welcome, an outside hallway sounds just as nice!

  12. 7th June 2015 / 8:13 am

    LOVE your style Ali, gorgeous home décor 🙂 my favourite room is the kitchen xx

    • 7th June 2015 / 9:03 am

      Thanks lovely, after my rubbish nights sleep my favourite rooms now the bedroom!

  13. 7th June 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Not just me who wants to live in a Midsummer style village then? And with a tree in the hall. I too have a small one in real life and sadly it’s full of clutter, coats and shoes *not to self to at least move the winter shoes upstairs*!

    • 8th June 2015 / 6:40 am

      No not just you, I would love to, just without the dodgy murders & all that!

  14. Heledd - Running in Lavender
    8th June 2015 / 7:00 am

    Love your style!! In fact it’s very similar to my style and how I’ve decorated our hallway. The only difference is all the coats hanging up behind our door and a buggy sitting in the entrance. Thank you so much for linking up to #SundayStars xx

  15. 8th June 2015 / 10:22 pm

    We are in the middle of doing our hallyway so these tips are super helpful!! First impressions are so important! #SundayStars

    • 9th June 2015 / 12:52 pm

      Ah great timing! Hope it helps & best of luck with your decorating.

  16. 9th June 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Great ideas! We started decorating ours about 2 years ago and have yet to finish (kids eh). Maybe we should start again (I think so, husband less keen!).

  17. 11th June 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Great ideas ours isn’t much of a hall way more a little gap between doors but we have a few photo’s up in there and its actually one of the nicer places in our home! thanks for sharing #sundaystars

    • 11th June 2015 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks, I tried to sell my house once as I wanted a proper hallway. Silly really as it’s not like you ever sit in their!

  18. 12th June 2015 / 6:13 am

    This is a great post – since moving house, the Hall has been somewhat on the bottom of the list! We have had the dark wood on the stairs painted white, but that’s sort of it and I think you hit the nail on the head about it being really important to do something to make it welcoming for guests (not that we see many of those around these parts!) – You’ve inspired me to get it sorted!! Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

    • 12th June 2015 / 7:32 am

      Really hope it helps and good luck with your renovations

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