A hall way or entrance hall is the first thing your visitors will see when entering your home, and first impressions count. Your hallway has potential and in this article, we discuss the top tips to amaze your visitors as soon as they enter your home.

When choosing a palette of colours for the walls and floor, it is better to go for light or neutral colours as they will make the most out of the light in the room. This is absolutely critical with hallways as they tend to be small and dark spaces. Using these lighter shades will help to open up the space as much as possible. Dark colours will make the room appear smaller and more cramped, so must be avoided. The main benefit of neutral colours is that they are so incredibly versatile. This makes decorating and accessorising easy.

When we say focal point, you would usually presume a feature in the centre of the room, which could be a bit strange in a hallway. This is definitely not what we mean. With a focal point, we mean that you should use decor as a way of drawing attention. Another idea is to make the most of art work. This can add dimension and atmosphere to a room. If you’re lucky enough to have a larger hallway, or even entrance way, you can use a chest of draws or a side table which you can decorate with photo frames, sculptures or even vases of flowers.

You might not have considered it yet, but the flooring in your hallway can have a dramatic change the appearance of your hallway.  Since it is a high traffic area, you will need a hard-wearing floor to be able to stand the heavy footfall. Naturally, a wood floor is ideal for this since they are unbelievably hard wearing as well as aesthetically pleasing. Unlike a tile or stone, wood floors have that warmth and character that no other floor can offer. A huge trend right now is oak flooring. It’s light shade as previously mentioned will reflect light and the natural knots will add vast amounts of character.

If you think the hallway could face fluctuating temperatures, then it would be advised to install an engineered floor. Unlike a solid wood floor, engineered floors don’t contract or expand with temperature. This means you can use the floor safely with underfloor heating. You can always add a hall runner rug that not only acts as an amazing decoration item, but is also an extra layer of protection against stones and dirt that may be carried in on the bottom of shoes.

The decision is completely down to yourself at the end of the day. You can listen to advise all day; however, it does not mean that you will like the style that is being recommended.

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