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Stylish Hallways Ideas to Transform the Entrance to Your Home.

Your hallway is the first impression you and your guests get of your pad so why not make it the coolest?Consider them as the grand unveiling to your home rather than just being a neglected corridor or hallway used as somewhere to dump your coats and shoes. Follow the AA guide on how to ramp up the drama in this space.

What colour to paint a hallway with no windows?.

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As soon as you put your key in the door you should feel like you've stepped into another world, a magical world where all the stresses of the day melt away, and as this space is such a transitional area you can up the ante with colour and be dramatic even if you have little or no natural light. Going a little out of your comfort zone and using a bolder hue will add real wow factor. Just make sure that you paint everything out in the same colour, walls, ceiling, doors and skirting boards and your narrow hallway will appear much bigger than it really is.

Putty.

One of lightest hues in our paint collection, the delicate soft colour of Putty is a timeless tone that will stay relevant for a very long time. It’s a rich neutral that brings instant warmth and joy into any space. This is a perfect colour if you prefer more subtle tones rather than darker hues.

Crosby.

One of AA's favourite colours from our range. She has Crosby in her upstairs lounge and bedroom. It's such a calming hue with pinky undertones. Painting your hallway out (ceiling included) in this hue will add intstant sophistication and will create a perfect backdrop for decorative accessories.

Just remember that whatever hue you're thinking of going, make sure you paint out the biggest sample you can and look at it throughout the day to see how it performs in different kinds of light.

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How to Dress a Hallway Table.

A hallway table is a hard working piece of furniture. It needs to be stylish and reflect the tone and personality of the rest of your home, but needs to be practical too. Layer up your table or console with intriguing sculpture, botanicals and art in differing heights and textures. Ensure that any practical stuff looks cool too, add in a hand thrown bowl for keys, and if you have any room underneath, add in a basket for shoes so that clutter is kept to a minimum.

How to Dress a Hallway Table.

hallway table is a hard working piece of furniture. It needs to be stylish and reflect the tone and personality of the rest of your home, but needs to be practical too. Layer up your table or console with intriguing sculpturebotanicals and art in differing heights and textures. Ensure that any practical stuff looks cool too, add in a hand thrown bowl for keys, and if you have any room underneath, add in a basket for shoes so that clutter is kept to a minimum. 

Use books.

Perfect for adding height, our Marden and Almeria storage books are perfect for adding height but you can store unsightly paperwork away too!

Add Art.

Whether you choose to hang it or prop it on a console, art can be a real conversation starter and will also give guests an insight to your vibe.

Statement.

An easy way to make a statement is to go for oversized pieces or interesting sculpture. They intrigue the eye and make an interesting focal point .

Use Lamps.

An essential for every hallway whether you have natural light or not. Table lamps add ambience. No plug points? no problem, just pop some of our portable LEDs wherever you can .

Where to put a Mirror in the Hallway.

Large, medium or small, a mirror is a must have for your hallway. Apart from being able to check that you look presentable to the world just before you answer the door or head off to work, the reflective qualities will bounce the light around the room and create intriguing shadows. As hallways are notoriously narrow, adding a mirror will also help to extend the boundaries and trick the eye to make your space look bigger.

Final Thoughts.

Your hallway is the first window to your world but so many people treat this area as a transitional throwaway space, so be a little braver, venture out of your comfort zone and create a space that exaggerates your personality and gives guests a little teaser of your unique style and what to expect in the rest of your pad. Decorate it with as much conviction as you would your living room. A cool mirror, a lovely colour on the walls, a shelf, table or console for your decorative styling and storage that looks fabulous as well as hiding all the boring practical stuff and you've nailed it!