Outside of your home’s exterior, the entryway is the first impression-maker of your space. So take the time – using some of these tips – to give your hallway a look that’s warm and welcoming.
Size up your space
If you have a small entryway, you don't want to cram it with all sorts of objects (that will just make it seem smaller). So size up your hallway and invest in a few standout items to make it feel polished and inviting. For example, opt for a luxe table (for some great options check out Izm, an Edmonton-based company) instead of a generic wall wardrobe to store items.
Keep it clean
A messy or disorganized entryway will give the appearance that your space is cluttered or possibly untidy. So invest in storage materials to tuck away common hallway-cluttering items. Wicker baskets work great for smaller, loose items like scarves, mitts and hats. Umbrella stands are a must for wet weather gear. Coat racks (which are available in all sorts of unique designs) are a necessity for hanging outerwear.
Most hallways are narrow. To create the illusion of space, it's always smart to add a mirror or two to the entryway. Horizontal options work on large, empty walls. Smaller mirrors work best to elongate nooks and crannies.
Bring the outdoors in
Create a welcome space for visitors by adding life to your hallway. Put a small plant in a bright or unique vase or put freshly cut flowers in a small glass container. Place the vase on a small side table or, if the plant's large enough, stand it up in a corner on its own. You can also add a sweet, outdoorsy smelling air freshener to set the mood (a delicious example is Febreze's new Set & Refresh natural-oil freshener).
Let the light in
Illuminating your hallway will not only make it feel more inviting, it will also make it seem larger than it really is. The best place to start is by using the natural light that streams through your front door. Remove any blinds or drapes. Use mirrors to bounce the light around. Brighten things up by adding unique sconces with incandescent bulbs. Or, if you can't fit a lamp into your small space, why not create light using lanterns? Coleman now offers chic options that look nothing like the ones you'd carry camping (they're called 4AA Pack-Away Lanterns).
Give your hallway personality
Remember, the entryway is the first impression people have of your home, so let a little bit of "you" shine through. Find a decorative rug or carpet to line the walkway. Add a few unique trinkets from trips or significant moments in your life. Add one of your favourite scents to the hallway by using candles or essential oils. Hang wind chimes or decorative bells. Little details go a long way to creating an entryway that's unique.