How to Achieve the “Super Modern” Look in Your Hallway
The hallway is a thoroughfare, the place through which you, your family and guests will pass through several times.
But, despite its importance to how the rest of the house flows and ebbs, we tend to forget about the hallway when it comes to making an interior design statement.
And no surprise really when you consider that we don’t always sit and enjoy the hallway but this doesn’t mean that it is not worth the time, money and effort… and we have some great ideas!
#1 Under the stairs ‘greenhouse’
From hanging coats and piling up shoes, under the stairs is a great storage space but all this clutter in the hallway can make it feel full, busy and closed in.
Using that space, however small, for something more decorative and beautiful is a distinct possibility. Creating an indoor greenhouse is simple and easy:
- Create a wooden tray deep enough to hold a layer of gravel
- Use house plants in pretty pots, dot them about the wooden tray
- Use clean gravel, or large round white pebbles a decorative layer
- Using tempered glass and fixings from Balustrade Components create a glass barrier that create a greenhouse type structure
- This glass barrier could also be used a balustrade on the stair case too, giving the appearance of a glass wall that allows light to play in a space.
#2 An optical illusion
The hallway can resemble a long narrow aisle, with several rooms off the main walkway. This can sometimes look featureless and empty but there is a way of creating an amazing illusion effect:
- At the far end of the hall way, hang the biggest mirror you can – on trend mirror styles at the moment are those that have large, ornate frames, usually brass or silver in finish.
- Paint the walls in one striking colour and be as daring with the shade as you like
Mirrors deceive the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is, even though you know that the hallway is still small!
#3 Furniture in the hallway
The tendency is that when space is tight and the hallway narrow, that furniture is not added. Again, this may give the illusion of space but it leaves the space slightly stark and boring.
There are all kinds of slim, hallway tables that are perfect for adding a table lamp to help illuminate the hallway with a soft glow. As well as opting for slim furniture, choose uncluttered pieces that are simple on the eye with clean lines. Keep the colour light too.
#4 Accent colour
As the hallway is often a small space, it can be tempting to think neutral colours all the way. It is true, of course, that dark colours will draw the space in and bold patterns will close the space down.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to stay away from colour altogether. If you don’t feel brave enough to opt for an accent colour on the wall of hallway ceiling, then choose a piece of furniture that delightfully contrasts with the hallway.
#5 Practical and stylish elements
For busy families, the hallway is often the place where kids gather in a morning to collect lunch boxes, sport kits and so on. It can also be the place where you need to leave instructions or reminders for people. It makes sense, as reminding someone they need to ‘pick up milk’ on their way home is more likely to register with them as they leave the house. Likewise, reminding them to ‘turn the heating up’ when they arrive home and so on, is also a message that needs to be located in a prime position.
Make your hallway functional without compromising on style by creating your own black board. You can do this by painting a portion of the wall with special black paint, commonly found in hardware and DIY stores, or create your own hanging blackboard.
#6 Storage solutions that work!
A key element of modern interior design is to use transitional spaces, such as the hallway, to offer the maximum benefit to the homeowner. People commonly store items in the hallway and that is not necessarily a bad thing providing that the storage solutions on offer actually work.
All too often, we are carried away by the romance of an item when we see in a magazine or in store but when we get it home, realise that it offers us very little in the way of practical storage.
How would you create a super-modern look to your hallway?