For most homeowners, the hallway is just a dumping ground for coats and shoes. The home entrace gets a lot of foot traffic but sadly, the space is often left neglected, especially in a small home! The fact is, the hallway is the first thing you see as soon as you enter the home and the last thing you will see when you head out, it deserves better styling!
For a small home with only a sliver of space for a hallway, styling the space can be a challenge. Unlike larger hallways, you cannot get a full-sized hall tree to make the space presentable. Impress guests with a chic hallway, making a grand entrance is effortless with these hallway styling tips:
Usually, a small home has little to zero space for a hallway. If your home has an itty-bitty hallway, the goal should be to give the illusion of expansiveness and making the space clutter-free. Sticking to a neutral palette is one way to open up the space and make the hallway appear bigger than it really is.
Neutral tones make a terrific base because they go with everything. These shades may not be trendy but neutrals are a classic, they are always stylish. Build your hallway style around neutral tones to enhance the feeling of space and light in the hallway. You can always add a pop of color with well-chosen decors later on.
Wall Paper or Wall Paint?
If you’d like a low-maintenance hallway that could withstand everyday scuffs, I highly suggest going for painted walls. Painted walls are easier to touch up in case you get a scratch or scuff.
Experimenting with different color combinations is also easy with wall paint. If you’re going for the simple, minimalist look, you can’t go wrong with wall paint.
That being said, wallpapered walls are quite trendy. Go for wallpaper if say, you want to dress the space with a subtle pattern. Wallpaper with interesting details is perfect if you’re going for a more ostentatious look.
Want to personalize your walls temporarily? We highly recommend removable wallpaper. Removable wallpaper allows you to style your walls without the permanence of paint or conventional wallpaper. This type of wallpaper is also different from conventional wallpaper because it’s easy to remove, re-usable, and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue!
The Ol’ Mirror Trick
Dressing a modest hallway with a full-length mirror is a great way to enhance the natural light that floods the space. The light will bounce around the space, making a small hallway appear larger. It’s a useful décor too. You can check yourself one last time before heading out.
A skinny, full-length mirror with simple details is perfect for frills-free spaces. But if you’d like to give the space that instant wow factor, an oversized mirror that you can prop against the wall will make the tiniest hallway look extra luxe!
Sleek Hall Tree
The hallway is a clutter-magnet because it is filled with small items that you grab at the last minute. Keep this space neat and tidy with a hall tree! A hall tree is a piece of furniture that keeps coats, shoes, and other mudroom items organized. It comes in an array of designs, sizes, and colors to choose from.
Since you’re working with a modest hallway, it makes sense to go with the skinniest hall tree you can find. A sleek hallway tree is just as useful as its full-sized counterpart sans the visual weight. Skinny hallway trees will fit perfectly in tight corners too!
If you must choose between open storage units and those with doors, I suggest going for the former. Open units offer more decorative potentials on top of the flexible storage space. There are so many ways to style open storage units too. Storage units with doors, on the other hand, aren’t as flexible.
You can use the open storage units to store shoes and bags or display decors to add color to the entryway. Choose an elegant design that doesn’t take much space. This goes especially for a small entryway, you don’t want to overwhelm the space with a bulky furniture.
The entryway gets a daily beating especially if the whole family is always rushing in the morning. Protect the flooring from the everyday bashing by adding a rug or two.
A shag rug may look nice in the entryway but it might not be the best type of rug to get. The long fibers trap dirt and dust so the rug gets soiled easily. They are hard to clean too. Shag rugs are quite delicate so they should be placed in rooms that don’t get as much foot traffic. Rugs made from tough, synthetic materials are best used for the entryway because they are quite hardy and easy to clean.
When shopping for a rug, always keep the scale in mind. The size of the rug must be in proportion to the size of the entryway. Also, the thickness of the rug should be perfect. The rug should fit the space between the bottom of the door and the entryway floor. If the door keeps rubbing onto the rug, the constant friction will decrease the life of the rug.
A Pop of Green
The entryway is a great spot for growing plants so why not brighten this area with a couple of houseplants? Select plants according to their size and shape. If the entryway has a windowsill, add a couple of potted plants for a pop of green. If the entryway is looking a little plain, use planters with funky designs or colorful blooms!
Decorating a space with plants is a great idea especially for entryways that cannot accommodate large statement pieces. Apart from giving tired spaces an energetic vibe, you can swap houseplants every now and then to change the look of the entryway effortlessly.
Turn a plain small home entrance into an elegant entryway using art. You can hang a statement painting in the middle of the entryway to greet guests or lean a couple of framed prints and artworks on the wall for a layered look. You can also hang a gallery display on the wall to reflect the diversity of your collection.
Did you find these small home design tips useful? Stay tuned for more styling tips that are sure to elevate the look of your home.