Your hallway might not be a ‘room’ in a conventional sense, but it is often the first part of the house visitors will see and first impressions always stick. So, why are hallways up and down the country so consistently cluttered? It’s because long and narrow hall spaces can be difficult to decorate. However, if you’re willing to get a little creative then there are plenty of ways you can keep your hallway smart and functional.
There’s every temptation when a new piece of mail slips through the door to just chuck it on the dining room table or on to the stars and forget about it. By keeping a dedicated postal tray by the front door, you’ll not only end up dealing with more mail but it will make the hall feel that much more organised.
Make it a gallery
Blank walls can, over time, collect all manner of grease and stains and general unpleasantness, that’s why it’s such a popular idea to use your hallway as a mini gallery. Not only can you take down and replace pictures that get damaged as and when you see fit, but it will really help the space seem more lived in and more inviting.
Use the walls
How many hallways have you entered where you’ve seen piles of coats and assorted mess on the floors because there is no space being made on the walls? Some simple coat hooks (not to mention hooks for your keys) will go a long way towards cutting down on the clutter.
Cotswolds Co hallway furniture sets are designed to help you get the items you need all in one place. From shoe storage solutions that double as functional side tables, to sets that combine a set of hooks with a boot bench for comfortably putting on and taking off your shoes, it’s an incredibly convenient solution that might appeal to busy households.
Floor and ceiling
Don’t just focus on the walls and the furniture. There’s also a fair amount you could be doing above and below to keep the hallway smart and spotless. Try adding a decent hallway runner or rug (that can be easily cleaned) and some more adventurous lighting to the hall, for example, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.
Finally, this might seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many households neglect to put a bin by the entrance to the door. It makes sense, as you will often want to dispose of things in your pockets or in your hands before leaving or upon entering the home. This inevitably leads to more clutter that you don’t need. By putting a small bin by the front door, you’ll never have to deal with all of those discarded takeaway menus and half-eaten packets of crisps again!
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