The hallway is often the most cramped and cluttered part of the home. Space is very limited, and its design given less thought than other rooms. But your hallway is possibly one of the most important spaces in your home. It is the first impression your guests receive of your home. More importantly, the entrance hall is the first area you see when you come through your front door.
Entering a bright airy space is a welcome sight to come home to and can help set the tone for the rest of your place. Even if space is tight, there are tricks to make it feel bigger.
Here are some tips and ideas that will make your hallway look and feel larger than it really is.
1) Keep all clutter off the floor.
The more floor space you can see, the larger it will appear. So avoid leaving bags, shoes and umbrellas on the floor and cluttering up the area.
2) Keep furniture to a minimum
Consider having a slim integral cupboard built in to store your coats, bags and other accessories; which will make your hallway look more streamlined. Alternatively, if the space is too small for this, add some wall mounted furniture and home accessories.
3) Use a mirror to reflect light
A mirror can make a dark hall feel brighter and create the illusion of space. Try to place it close to a natural light source to make the most of all the available light.
A narrow space can be made to feel wider by hanging a mirror horizontally, and a low ceiling will appear higher by placing it vertically.
4) Paint walls in a light shade.
White or light neutral coloured walls will make your hall feel bigger by reflecting the light.
The entrance hall is an area of high traffic which needs to be taken into consideration when choosing flooring. Wood is one practical choice; it has a warm feel and will create an inviting entrance. Narrow floorboards running the length of the space can also make the space look longer and wider.
Tiles are another option as they are hard-wearing and easy to keep clean. Large, light coloured tiles with fewer grout lines will help make your hall feel more spacious.
Avoid using pendant lights in your entrance hall – especially if the ceiling is low – as they can have the effect of making the space feel even smaller. Use uplighters to reflect light of the ceiling, which will make it feel taller. Layers of light also work well and focusing them in different directions can make the area feel bigger.
Even in a small space you can add interest with a bold piece of artwork. Drawing the eye up with a large frame will make the room feel instantly taller.