Because most people do not spend a lot of time hanging around in their hall, they often pay little attention to how it looks. However, if you want your guests to feel at home the moment that they come through your front door, it is a good idea to make an effort to decorate your hallway in a manner that appeals to people with a wide variety of tastes and that evokes feelings of comfort in all who visit your humble abode.
Warm colours are a good choice for the walls but try not to go for anything too striking if you want to make sure that as many of your visitors as possible fall in love with your hall. Whilst some people may be mad about bright reds and lurid yellows, others could find them a real turn off so it is better to be a little more conservative when decorating your hallway than you might be in other areas of your home. Oranges can work well when paired with another colour but when used on their own they may be a little overpowering. Much depends on the exact tone that you choose of course. A pale orange could be a good choice with solid wood flooring but if you go for something too bright, you may find the results a little disappointing. However, there is always room for experimentation so do not feel that you have to paint the walls in boring browns and creams unless you really want to.
If you have a really large entrance to your property, you may want to put some occasional chairs and a table in there, to create a pleasant space where people can chat over coffee when they arrive. On the other hand, if your hall is not very big, it would be unwise to try to put too much furniture in it as you will end up with a cluttered look that could be more claustrophobic than comforting. It might be better to just have a coat stand and an attractive rug in smaller spaces. You can find a good selection of durable floor coverings on websites such as therugstore.co.uk. Polypropylene is a good choice for hallways as it is a hardwearing material that is easy to clean and should therefore look good for many years to come. Intricately woven Chinese rugs may appeal to you but they are probably more suitable for the living room, where they will not have to cope with quite so much foot traffic.
Whatever colour scheme you choose and regardless of the furnishings that you buy for your hall, you need to think carefully about the type of lighting that you install or all your hard work could go to waste. Nothing is more off-putting when entering somebody’s home than to be greeted by the stark light of a fluorescent tube. Strategically placed floor and table lamps, together with a wall mounted spotlight or two will enable you to create a much more welcoming atmosphere and ensure that the colours you have chosen are shown off to good effect.
Whilst you are searching for rugs online you can also take a look at the many lighting retailers that deliver to addresses across the country and if you see anything that you particularly like, you can have it sent to your home within a few days.
If you would like to add a splash of colour to your hall, think about buying several smaller rugs instead of one large one or hanging an inexpensive but tasteful piece of abstract art where it can easily be seen.
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