First impressions count. The front door and entrance hall beyond set the tone for your home – but it is also a chance to be bold with pattern and colour.
The entrance hall is where you welcome visitors into your house – but it should also be a clear signal to you that you are HOME…and able to relax! This space provides a great opportunity to be a bit braver with colour and pattern as an entrance hall is a transition space. You don’t tend to ‘hang out’ in the hallway but rather move through it – this means that you CAN be bolder with pattern as you will not be sitting and staring at it (as you would say in the living room). Of course my partying days are long past so it might be that parties do still involve people hanging out on the stairs – but then a bit of bold pattern and colour at a party is no bad thing.
An entrance hall needs to work quite hard too. No matter what its size – entrance hall design is key. Think about how you will use the space and what will keep it as welcoming as possible – but also functional for you and your family. Functional means storage – for shoes, coats, work & school bags. If storage can allow ‘stuff’ to be hidden away so you don’t see all the clutter then this is ideal – it makes for a much more relaxing return home (rather than picking your way through the debris of dumped school bags and shoes with stress levels rising). If you have a small hallway and can find alternative homes for items then great – but if not there are lots of storage options available in every style & size you can imagine. It’s well worth researching clever solutions for your entrance hall design.
I think that a hall table, a lamp and a mirror are great additions to any entrance hall design. A table or side board allows you to drop keys and post as you enter and perhaps hold a vase of flowers or a plant. A lamp – preferably on a timer – is a must. It means that you can come home to a well lit hall – so welcoming – especially on wet, dark winter nights. A mirror is great for a number of reasons. It is a last chance to check your outfit, lipstick, hair, dress isn’t tucked into your knickers (!) etc before you depart from the house – and a mirror will also bounce light around what is often a dark space.
In the example below, under-stairs storage was made more practical by adding 5 doors instead of 2 – making everything inside more accessible. The flooring was replaced with a lighter engineered wood and a larger piece of coarse matting was added right inside the door to ensure dirt wasn’t traipsed through the house. The stair carpet is the same and due to be replaced when budget allows.
The newel post and hand rail on the stairs were picked out in grey and a feature wall paper added for WOW factor – both up the stairs and on the facing wall as you enter the hall. A mirror, above a side board with lamps, faces you as you enter the space. The keen eyed will also note that one door was blocked up – this is because there were 2 doors into the kitchen / diner. We replaced the pendant light with ceiling recessed LEDs. Whilst a pendant is a great feature to have in a hallway – it’s only really practical if you have the height. The existing pendant was more of an obstacle than a feature piece! It’s always helpful to have a starting point when you are decorating. In this entrance hall design, it was an existing piece of artwork that the client owned which informed the colour pallete and style.
In the second example below, the under stairs area was a dumping zone! Pictures show before, during and after. The radiator was replaced with a vertical option, allowing for bespoke under stairs cupboards and drawers. Carpet was replaced with tiles in the hall. The newel post and hand rail received a grey paint effect and a feature wallpaper was used up the stairs. So much calmer not seeing all of that clutter on entering the house! A great entrance hall design.