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Hallways Set the Tone

By Therese Bolin

Hallways are an essential room that can be visually stunning and functionally important. Entrance areas and hallways have traditionally always had a table near the front door, historically, this was where a lady, or gentleman, placed their top hat and gloves when visiting a home. Nowadays, it’s often a place to throw car keys and umbrellas, or do that last-minute check of your lippy, as you’re leaving or arriving home. Hallways still serve a practical function, however, they have become more of an aesthetic focus as it’s the first thing visitors see when entering a home.

Not all hallways today are wide enough for a side table, however, there are still many décor options to make it look incredible. Like the image below, focusing on interior architecture will always create the most significant wow factor impact. What does this mean….or entail? In a simple answer, it’s all about mouldings to add depth and character. Selecting an extra wide architrave, a higher than ‘standard’ and more detailed skirting board, wainscotting and ceiling mouldings.

Include a chandelier or extra large light, and you’ve got a ‘wow’ space without adding a single piece of furniture. If your hallway already has existing moulding, or mouldings are slightly outside your budget right now, adding a mirror or piece of artwork proportional to the space will not only add colour and light (as mirrors reflect and lighten dark spaces), but they’ll create warmth and a feeling of home from the moment you step inside. Further colour, warmth and depth can be added by including a beautiful hallway runner to the floor (and literally add warmth if you have a timber floor).

Hallways are a perfect opportunity to set the tone of your home and welcome friends and family, and it’s well worth spending a little time and money to create a beautiful first impression.

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