10 Ways to Create a Welcoming Hallway

The hallway is the first room people see when they walk into your home, so it should be the room everyone feels most welcome in. For many families, the hallway is a place to store shoes and coats, but there are still ways you can store these away in the hallway without it looking too cluttered and still making it look and feel welcoming. Here are 10 ways to help you create that perfect welcoming hallway in your home:

1. Storage
Storage is key when you need to keep things away from sight and keep a room de-cluttered. Finding the right storage to hide away the shoes and the coats can most definitley help keep your hallway de-cluttered, spacious and welcoming. There are many kinds of storage you can use for this, and it all depends on the size of your hallway. We have a reasonably sized hallway, so we have a small sideboard cupboard where we keep our shoes and outdoor accessories such as hats etc.

2. Simple touches
Adding simples touches to your hallway such as nice looking radiators, click here for some lovely looking radiators you could add to your hallway. Not only that, adding some photo prints to your wall or some plants will help your hallway look and feel homely and welcoming.

3. Add a rug
If you have the room, adding a rug can make the hallway feel warmer and very welcoming. If you do choose to have a rug in your hallway, it's probably a good idea to make sure that you find one that will last, especially that it will be walked on many times on a daily basis. It would also be a good idea to ask visitors to take their shoes off before entering the home.

4. Sidetables
As said above, storage is definitely needed in a hallway for your coats and shoes. But, in my opinion, using a side table for your hallway storage makes the hallway stand out and more welcoming. Not only does it look nice, but you can also add some bits on the top, whether it's some photos, some plants or little trinkets.

5. Add a theme
Mixing lots of different mix-match colours can make a room feel uneasy and little crazy, so by adding a theme in your hallway can make it cosy and homely. There are many themes you can choose from, such as a pop colour, grey and white, blush pinks or navy blues - the list is endless. You don't need to go overboard with the theme, just a lick of paint and few bits and bobs here and there.

6. Feature wall
Adding a feature wall in any room makes it look complete. If you're able too, add one in your hallway too. You could use this feature wall to be the main focus, add an eye-catching colour with adding some accessories such as wall prints, or a large/medium wall mirror to make it stand out even more.

7. Mirrors
Adding mirrors can make a room feel lighter and bigger. So if you have a dark and small hallway, this may be a great idea to add to your hallway. Before choosing a mirror, make sure it's not too small and not too big by measuring the wall and the mirror. You don't want it overpowering but then you don't want it to be too small either.

8. Seating
If you have the room in your hallway, add a seating area. Whether it's on top of the shoe box storage or adding a single chair in the corner. We have a single white wicker chair in our porch and it's super handy with kids putting their shoes on. You could add a throw or cushions too, those added little touches create a comfortable welcoming room.

9. Photo wall
If you have stairs right next to your hallway, how about adding a feature photo wall up the stairs? Adding some of your favourite photos into frames and hanging them up on the wall can most definitley make your family home a lot more comfier and welcoming for yourself and your guests. It also makes the family home more personal and homely too.

10. Lighting
You don't want the first room of the house feeling dark and gloomy. Adding some lighting by either a wall ceiling light, side lamp or a floor lamp can make the hallway feel welcoming and warmer. As said above, adding a mirror can also help increase lighting too.

How do you make your hallway feel welcoming?

* This is a collaborative post.

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