It’s a well established fact that first impressions count and never more so than when it comes to our homes. Those first few moments when someone visits your home are all it takes for your interior style credentials to be measured and judged! So in order to avoid falling at the first hurdle it’s time to take action and look at your home through the eyes of others – what’s the first thing they’ll notice once your front door is open - your hallway. A magnet for shoes, shopping bags, junk mail and general household items, it’s an easy target for untidiness and chaos. So we’ve come up with some tips to help you elevate unsightly to welcoming in harmonious fashion!
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With all manner of storage available it’s easy to find the right storage unit to suit any size hallway, big or small. For a small hallway opt for a long slim unit that can accommodate all those shoes that are usually lying around discarded, soon to be joined by several more pairs. With storage you can hide them out of sight leaving you with sleek clean lines giving your hall a contemporary feel, free from clutter.
( Chatswood, Saval Park Road, Dalkey - Click here for more information)
Utilise the top of your unit as a display area to create interest, there’s nothing says welcome more than the warm glow of a lamp radiating ambiance with its soft lighting. An essential oil diffuser is a great way to eliminate unwanted aromas left over from cooking while at the same time filling your hallway with a gentle refreshing fragrance. Or for a more natural scent, a large bunch of seasonal flowers never fails to impress.
(14 Briar Wood, Bray, Co.Wicklow - Click here for more information)
SAY IT WITH COLOUR
If you have the space then the hallway is a great place to make a statement through your choice of colour in your wall coverings. It’s also a great way to showcase a statement rug or hall runner, adding that extra dynamic and a splash of personality. If on the other hand your hall is small, keep colours neutral to give a sense of space, you can play around with complementary shades just nothing too dark and overpowering.
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Always a popular choice for hallways are wall mounted mirrors, not only as a practical way to check you look OK before leaving the house but also for their light reflecting qualities. Any available light is highlighted making your hallway appear brighter and more spacious and if you have wall lights they will only further enhance the illusion!
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