The hallway is among the most important rooms in your home. It’s where you’ll get your first impression of the space after a long day’s work. It’s where guests, prospective buyers and other visitors will form their first impression. And yet, too often, it’s treated as a means to an end – a way of getting to the other, more interesting, rooms in your home.
But with a little care and attention, you can transform your hallway into an incredibly welcoming and useful space. You can find room for storage, and add visual flourishes that will create that essential atmosphere.
Adding Hooks to Walls
By adding hooks to your walls, you’ll create a place where coats and other items of clothing can be easily slung. You can also hang pictures and other decorative elements, and thereby create a little bit of interest on an otherwise bare wall.
Of course, there’s such a thing as too much interest, too – which is why concealing your hanging spaces, or at least ensuring that there still remains a little bit of empty space, can be invaluable.
Use the Awkward Space
One of the most disruptive elements of your hallway is without doubt the staircase. This structure doesn’t actually consume all that much space – but it will create an awkward shape beneath it. As such, you’ll need to be creative in order to get the best possible use from that space. This is where a fitted wardrobe for under the stairs can be invaluable. It’ll allow you to find a space for all of those loose items you might discard in the hallway.
Add a Seat
You might not think that a seat would make a sensible addition to a hallway, especially if space is tight. But it’ll provide you and your guests with a great place to put on and take off their shoes, which is especially valuable if you’re entertaining elderly visitors. For best results, opt for a seat with storage built in, so that muddy boots have a place to live, out of sight until you can deal with them.
Create a Notice Board
If you’re running a busy household, or simply want a more tactile way of keeping track of the chores you need to do, then a notice board (or, better yet, a chalkboard) will provide a reminder of the things you need to do as you’re coming into the house (or leaving it). Pinning notes to a small corkboard might work equally well – these are usually found in kitchens, but the hallway is just as good a place to keep them.