Make the right first impression with these hallway hacks
When we think about home décor, we tend to think about the way individual spaces look: the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom, and so on. But what about the areas that don’t have such a clear-cut purpose? Spaces such as entryways and hallways often get forgotten in the grand scheme of interior design,
With that in mind, we’ve come up with our top tips for making your entryway create the optimum first impression for you and guests alike. From practical measures to aesthetic touches, the smallest edits can make the biggest difference when it comes to the look and feel of your home’s entryway.
Here are five simple ways to spruce up the entryway in your home. Let’s take a look.
It’s a simple rule of life that if you’re trying to leave your home in a rush, you’ll struggle to find your keys. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Designate a spot in your entryway as a home for your keys in order to avoid the last minute panic. Not only will this help make you more organised, but it will also stop your hallway looking cluttered.
A pretty ceramic dish or smart set of hooks is all it takes to elevate the function and aesthetic of your hallway. That way, your keys are right there when you need them.
Just like your keys, your mail needs a home in your hallway. Piling up letters and catalogues on an end table – or worse, on the floor – can leave your entryway feeling messy and unappealing, which is definitely not the impression you want to make.
Consider investing in a desk tidy or basket to keep your letters in one place. You could also consider putting a recycling receptacle in your hallway if you have the space, as this will allow you to get rid of junk mail immediately.
Shoes are the enemy of the tidy hallway. Over time, we get lazy with our shoes and end up kicking them off onto the floor instead of putting them away properly. This can lead to a jumble of footwear which creates a chaotic and cluttered entryway.
Invest in a shoe rack or, better yet, a shoe cabinet. That way, you can put your shoes away smartly and, in the case of a cabinet, keep them contained and orderly.
Deciding what is and isn’t allowed in your entryway is a vital part of keeping it tidy. Without set rules, your hallway can all too easily become a dumping ground for any odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else.
Some things like keys, shoes and coats might be fine to keep in your entryway, but perhaps handbags, bikes and shopping bags are stored elsewhere. It depends on what suits your home best.
Your entryway might be a practical space, but it should also still be somewhere you can enjoy from an aesthetic perspective. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the design of your hallway, choosing colour schemes, furniture and accessories that suit your tastes and personality. This will help make your home feel truly your own from the moment you step through the door.
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