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In many houses, the hallway is a neglected space. It is often used as a functional space only, and is rarely used for anything more than passing through. However, the hallway is usually one of the first rooms a guest will see, so it’s important that it looks good so that your home makes an instant good impression. That’s why you should check out our top tips for making your hallway a beautiful, usable space you can be proud of.

The flooring and walls are the best place to start when you’re looking to change the entire hallway. The flooring is particularly important, as it will need to be durable to cope with the constant human traffic and easy to clean. That is why stone flooring can be such a good option. Classic Victorian tiling works brilliantly in hallways, or practical slate. If not, a tough carpet or some big rugs can give the hallway extra warmth. Go for a light colour on the walls to make the hallway feel wider and brighter.

The hallway is the perfect place to display artwork and photos, as everyone who comes to your house will pass through this space and be able to enjoy it. Think of it as your own personal gallery, and think about how the pieces you choose reflect the image of your home and family you want to portray. Lots of modern abstract art might not work in a cottage, for instance, but can look fantastic in a newly-built penthouse flat.

If you have space, this can be a good place to put any bookcases or storage units. This is because it gets it out of the way of the rooms you will spend more time in, but it also places everything in the middle of the action to make it easier for everyone to access. However, don’t let it get too cluttered as this can defeat the object of the hallway. If possible, keep bookcases and shelving in alcoves or wider portions of the hall to keep the narrower areas clear for people to move through.

Above everything else, the hallway needs to be kept practical. Make sure it is well lit, as lots of hallways have little contact with the exterior walls of a property, and easy to navigate, and avoid too many fussy fabrics. Save these instead for the rooms you will spend lots of time in, but make sure your hallway looks appealing for anyone entering your house for the first time.

James Pilcher is a keen interior designer with a particular passion in keeping it simple.  James is a regular blogger on various DIY and interior design blogs.

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