Hallway decoration: 5 mistakes to avoid

First impressions are everything and when it comes to your apartment, the first impression people get is when they enter your home via the entrance hall. Of course, we often tend to focus our energy and efforts into making the living room the most appealing as this is the space where we entertain guests.

The way we decorate and our choice of furniture says a great about our personalities. It makes you wonder what sort of personality the person who lives in this place would have?!

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The entrance hall and hallway are spaces that frequently get overlooked, even though it's the very first visual people get when they enter your place. All the more reason for it to be the most inviting then, right?

Of course, your options when decorating and designing your hallway are always dependent on how high the ceilings are and how the floor plan's been designed. But if you think your entrance hall and hallway has potential and you feel like a bit of change, here are five ideas that will give you all the inspiration you'll need to get started.


1. More lighting

Hallways are generally rather small and narrow; they almost never have windows; and so the lack of natural lighting only accentuates how confined the space actually is. To counteract this effect, make sure your entrance hall and hallway are well lit. Warm lighting can add a great deal of beauty and a sense of relaxation to a room.

You could also try hanging up a mirror in the hallway, which will reflect natural lighting and help make the room appear more spacious.


2. Wall colors

A bright and inviting atmosphere is not only created through natural lighting and illumination, but also by the choice of colors you put on your walls. Brighter shades are effective in making the hallway appear larger. But this doesn't necessarily mean you have to limit yourself to boring old white, there are countless possibilities, from cream to all the different pastel shades.

The main thing to keep in mind is to make sure the hallway's walls fit in nicely with the rest of the apartment — complementing it rather than sticking out like a sore thumb!


3. Flooring

In the same way that a lack of lighting and dark wall colors affect the size or feel of the space, dark flooring should also be avoided for the same reason. Lighter hues optically enlarge a room and so the type of floor covering you go for should be carefully considered not only for visual purposes but also for their practicality.

As the entrance hall flooring is often trampled on with muddy or wet shoes, carpet may not be the best option either. There are a number of possibilities ranging from tiles, wooden floorboards to vinyl and laminate, and they are all much easier to clean than carpet. 


4. Decoration

The hallway, as we've established, shouldn't just be regarded as a purely functional space where you take off your shoes and hang up your jackets. It deserves the same amount of attention as the rest of the rooms in your home. With carefully selected decorative pieces, you can completely transform and enhance the ambience of your home, which is noticeable from the minute you set foot inside your apartment.

Starting with the right choice of door and then moving on to smaller touches like colorful pictures, mirrors and bookcases — all of these things can add to the feel and look of your entrance hall and hallway.


5. Bulky furniture

If you decide to put furniture in the hallway, you should make sure that it is not too big and bulky for the small entrance hall. It creates clutter and an unpleasant feeling when you enter the house. 

If storage space is an issue, rather opt for furniture which is small and unobtrusive. Make good use of corners and niches, such as built-in shelves or stowaway cabinet space.


We're all guilty of these common mistakes, so learn from them and see how you can make the most of the tips we've given you. Just remember, light is one of the most important factors in making an entrance hall feel welcoming, so go ahead and brighten things up a bit!

Just let your imagination run wild and aim for personality, charm and warmth — then the first impression people have when entering your home will almost certainly be a positive one!




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