Welcome or How to Organise the Entry Area of Your Home
First impression really counts, so having an eye-catching hallway is truly important as it is the space that offers your guests the very first view of your home.
Even if the hallway is large enough, its decoration could turn to be demanding; furthermore, the design of hallways, corridors, and entryways sometimes requires even more creativity than the design of the rest of your home for two simple reasons: these walk-through areas should fit into the general style of the home and their décor should be functional. In addition, it is the space that usually sets a tone for the design of all other rooms, not to mention that the entry space should offer a welcoming atmosphere.
So, spend some extra time in planning and decorating this part of the home, make use of your imagination, bring style and comfort in, put your personal touch on the space, and you will have a hallway that really impresses your guests.
Above all, let there be light. Consider carefully the lighting scheme of the space, as it is usually a place with insufficient natural light or even without any at all. So, make the most of it enter through any hallway windows – remove heavy curtains and replace them with sheer blinds. Also, place mirrors to both reflect the sun’s rays and create an illusion about a brighter and larger room.
Layer the light to set a welcoming mood – gentle general illumination makes people feel comfortable; add accent lighting to highlight attention-grabbing objects, thus making your guests expect more of the rest of the house.
All walk – through areas are difficult for decorating, mainly because of their poor design; however, they are active spaces with several functions, they are the arteries of our homes, so try not to ignore them when designing your home and you will have a well – planned entry zone that is a welcoming smile and greeting to your family and guests.
Get rid of clutter; forget about light colours, avoid plain white walls, be bold and try with navy blue or chocolate – brown, or with an eye-catching luxurious silk fabric wallpaper to create a really dramatic statement. If you’d rather keep your walls neutral, experiment with a colourful carpet and an elegant wooden or glass table against a bare wall to add style and sophistication; since it is a drop zone, place bowls or other containers to provide a place for keeping often used items, such as mail, keys, phones, and wallets.
An important thing to consider is a decorative focal point of the hallway as it will distract from any imperfections of the space – it could be a brightly painted door at the end of a long, dull corridor or an attractive piece of furniture, such as an old armchair or a floating vibrantly coloured shelf.
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