The hall has always been considered an important space in the home as it gives the first impression of what is to come throughout, as well as having a practical purpose. The hall is an opportunity to ‘wow’ your guests as soon as they enter and should be considered with the same importance as the rest of the spaces in your home. Our design team has shared some tips on how to design your hall to have a big impact.
A hall very often lacks natural light so considered lighting is a way to make the space welcoming and striking. For spaces with soaring ceilings a chandelier or sculptural light fitting adds to the grandeur of the space. In smaller hallways, the use of wall lights or table lamps can add a warm and cosy feeling to the space.
A hall with double-height ceilings is an opportunity to make the staircase the focus. The materials, steps and balustrades all play an important role in creating a space that is either traditional and grand or contemporary and sculptural.
In an expansive hall, a round centre table can be a magnificent statement that adds to the grandeur of a space. Dressed with an opulent flower arrangement, books, a tray or a sculpture, the centre table will draw the eye into the home.
A bench or a pair of small chairs is a welcome addition, it allows you and your guests to sit down should you want them to take off theirshoes. Increasingly, children seem to take automatically take off their shoes when they enter your house or are guest, so a bench is a good way to encourage them to sit down and not stand up with their hands on your walls to balance when they take their shoes off – which is potentially doing more damage to the walls than they would with their shoes on the floor!
Storage is essential whether it be a built-in joinery, a console table or cupboard to stash shoes, coats and umbrellas. When planning this space, think about how you use it and what you do when you walk in the door. Do you put down your keys and where do your coat and shoes? This will help you design a space that is intuitive for the way you live.
The flooring you select for your entrance hallway needs to be durable and easy to clean. Marble or stone floors are both hard-wearing and impressive when entering the home. Stone floors with fossils and a variation in colour can be more forgiving in terms of not showing up mud or muddy paws so are worth considering if this is likely to be a problem.
Bronze borders, marble mosaics or stone inset with marble are ways to add elegant details to the flooring. When using a wooden floor for a hallway space, it is vital to choose a hardwood floor as this withstands traffic more than softwood which can be softened using a durable rug.
By incorporating some of these tips in your hallway design you will create a space that is majestic and something that your guests will remember.