Grand entrance

The hallway sets the tone of your whole house, so treat this important space as a room in its own right

Often narrower than the average room, hallways present a few design dilemmas, but if you work with the long lines rather than against them you can achieve stylish results. For instance, although a hallway is well used nobody spends a lot of time there so you can afford to be bold. Having said that, consider the décor of the rooms coming off the hallway and choose a colour scheme that suits them.

Try mirrors along one wall to widen the space and if your hallway is very long and thin paint the end wall a bold colour which will have a shortening effect. You can create a stunning centre piece with the right lighting. Try cool local firm i-lites who have a range of fabulous pieces. And don’t go for a small fitting just because the space is small – an oversized chandelier or pendant can look dramatic.

Flooring is important from a practical point of view as well as aesthetic. Footfall is heavy so consider hard flooring that will clean up with a quick mop. And you’ll need somewhere to dump a wet brollie, so choose a stylish umbrella stand.

Don’t forget the staircase – give it a lick of paint or a handsome runner to polish the look. If you want storage, a console table or chest of drawers is a good idea. A chest with deep drawers can double up as shoe storage as well as looking gorgeous.

Once transformed, your hallway will feel like an extra room giving your visitors a reason to stop and admire your unique style.

HALL OF FAME:

Try these stockists for inspiration:

  • Anglo Italian, tel: 0121 474 2920 www.angloitalian.co.uk
  • Cookes, tel: 0121 250 5050 www.cookesfurniture.co.uk
  • Cousins, tel: 0121 765 3300 www.cousinsfurniture.co.uk
  • i-lite, tel: 0121 554 7715 www.ilite.co.uk
  • Leekes Coventry, www.leekes.co.uk
  • Laura Ashley at Pavilions, www.lauraashley.com
  • Lee Longlands, tel: 0845 373 0220 www.leelonglands.co.uk
  • Urbane Living, www.urbaneliving.co.uk