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Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Your Hallway


Whatever its size, your hallway is the first room your visitors see, so it’s important to make sure it looks just right. If you’re looking to update or improve your hallway this New Year, here are a few tips to help it make a positive first impression.

Say ‘Yes’ to embracing your space. Is it big enough to use as an extra room? Could your under stairs area be transformed into a home study or used as additional storage? If it’s a smaller area think about decluttering – the more space you have to move around, the larger you hallway will feel.

Say ‘No’ to rushing decisions. The best place to hang coats and store outdoor shoes is in the hallway but if your space is small don’t make it smaller by filling it with standalone storage. If you think those awkward alcoves are dead spaces, think again. They could be the perfect opportunity to fit bespoke furniture to house all of the items you need – but would like to hide.

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Inspired Understairs Study

Say ‘Yes’ to new ideas. An expert eye or a second opinion can cast fresh ideas on how to use the space you have. Look online for inspiration, Pinterest is a great place to start, and don’t be afraid to make the most of no-obligation, free design consultations. Getting expert advice could save you money in the long-run.

Say ‘No’ to fuss. Don’t over-accessorise with ornaments, floral displays or furniture that blocks your thoroughfare. A cluttered hallway interrupts the flow of good energy and overwhelms the space.

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Opus Steel Staircase

Say ‘Yes’ to embracing your home’s character. If it’s an older house, make the most of the wonderful items available that will enhance its style and period. Think about typical tiling or parquet flooring for a Victorian home or Art Deco features such as wall lamps for a 20’s or 30’s property. Colours can also reflect and enhance your home’s original architecture.

Say ‘No’ to dark colours or fussy patterns in smaller spaces or where there’s no natural flow of light. Pale colours on the walls or the floor will make your hallway look and feel a little larger.

hallway mirror

Say ‘Yes’ to mirrors. They’re particularly helpful in small hallways that lack natural light – and they will also enhance the size and magnificence of grand entrances. Mirrors give the illusion of space, making any room look bigger than it really is.

Say ‘No’ to fear! Once you know what you want to do with your hallway, it makes sense to invest in statement pieces such as pendant lighting or storage. Remember, this is where everyone who visits your home will create their first impressions.

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Opus Antique Brass Finish Staircase

So, you’ve considered your walls, the floor, lighting, décor and storage but what about the staircase? It’s the biggest piece of furniture in your home. If you’d like to renovate yours there are a range of unique traditional and contemporary concepts in timber, glass and steel to choose from that can be fitted, fuss-free, within 48 hours with no messy building work to consider. You could even incorporate smart storage or an under stairs study if you have the space – even if you think you haven’t got room, it’s amazing what an expert eye can see.

For more information about our transformational staircase renovations book your free consultation here today or visit for our free 2019 brochure.

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