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Hallway decor ideas & all your hallway questions answered

Hallway painted in Lick Grey 01 paint

WordsFrankie Marqueé

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First impressions count. So once you’ve ushered guests through your front door, give them something beautiful to behold with a hallway to top all hallways. It’s not all about impressing friends and family though; this is your home after all. A beautifully decorated hallway really is the heart of your home. It will lift your spirits the moment your feet are over the threshold, making a good day better still and a bad day feel that bit brighter. Saying to you: you’re home, now close the door and kick back. Wondering how to take it from cloakroom to creative canvas? Over to our Director of Interior Design, Tash to answer your hallway decorating conundrums.

I really want my hallway to feel like a room in its own right. How do I do that best?

It is so common for the hallway to become a neglected space. People get excited by bedroom renovations, kitchen projects and colourful living rooms, and yet the hallway often gets forgotten. But it’s the first room that welcomes you home, so in a sense it’s the most special and deserves just as much love and attention.

Remember that a hallway isn’t a room in which you spend masses of time – it’s more of a passing place that leads you to other parts of your home. It’s therefore the perfect room to be bold, get creative, to have a bit of an adventure. This gives you the opportunity to use paint colours and wallpapers that you might not have otherwise used. Plus, you set the tone for the rest of your interior – and who doesn’t want to raise the bar?

The hallway often gets forgotten. But it’s the first room that welcomes you home, so in a sense, it’s the most special and deserves just as much love and attention.

TASH BRADLEY

Should my hallway palette link to the rooms that come off from it?

In a word, yes. Remember that your hallway is there to greet you home, but it’s also there to take you by the hand and lead you into other rooms, and so if there’s no connection between the two, you could be left with a jarring effect. It’s a case of changing the ratios of how the colours in your home’s palette are used.

For example, maybe you’ve decorated with five colours across your home. Your hallway could pick up on one of those shades and use it in a much bigger way. Or, look at the colours used in all of your living spaces, mapping them out with our paint samples so you can clearly and easily make sense of your overall colour scheme, and then match a hue that complements each and every one of them. Myself, Sam and Charlotte from the Lick Studio team can help with that if you get stuck through our virtual colour consultancies.

“Your hallway sets the tone for the rest of your interior.”

TASH BRADLEY
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