Many of us are getting used to the idea of having friends over once more, as pandemic restrictions are slowly eased. But this forces us to cast a critical eye over our entertaining spaces. Here are a few colourful ideas for re-energising that over-used yet often under-loved of rooms: the hallway...
Paint and Wallpaper
A lick of paint can go a long, long way towards adding instant freshness – and for those opting for a fresh, neutral look, what better colour choice than our signature Evening Seas Paint. But don't rule out the idea of wallpaper: it has a power that paint lacks, to transform a room with a pattern!
Bold is beautiful
Neutrals have dominated every room of the house for years – and for good reason. But they are about to face some healthy competition because colour is most definitely back in fashion! Don't be afraid to be bold with colours – and put similar shades side by side. It is surprising how often they work together, to accentuate an overall colour scheme.
Upholstery and Rugs
Vibrant captivating patterns can make an enormous impact when used for upholstery, as seen here with our Love Seat, upholstered in Red Sacha Linen. But don't dismiss textured fabrics such as velvets and woollens in solid colours, as these can also help to make a space instantly warm and welcoming. Floors are another great space for adding colour – nothing says 'welcome home!' like a richly coloured rug. Our traditionally woven Kilims are tough enough to withstand hallway traffic and their lively patterns will hide the occasional muddy paw-print or boot mark!
Hats, Coats, Boots etc.
No matter how carried away we get, a hallway remains a place of comings and goings. Always spare a thought for practical places to put your coats and boots, dog leads, school bags but don't assume that practical can't also be stylish! So, take a look at our broad range of dressers, armoires and console tables for storage ideas that can still be statement pieces!
Let there be light
Table lamps are a great opportunity to light up small or narrow hallway spaces. Consider a taller lamp-base for throwing light over a larger area. Our top tip: don't miss a chance to add a colourful shade and look for interesting shade linings. Our charcoal lampshade has a metallic gold lining, which throws out wonderfully warm, inviting light!