Hall ways, or entrance halls, are strange places. It’s the first room people see upon entering your home, so surely it should be beautiful? First impressions and all that… But at the same time you don’t actually spend any time in there and you need it to be a functional space with practical storage solutions (at least in a two bed new-build apartment you do).
Here’s how we’ve transformed ours from a magnolia-hued dead space into something that works for us.
Unlike my other room posts there aren’t any ‘before’ shots for the hallway, so you’ll just have to imagine it empty with magnolia walls. Got it? K, here’s how it looks now…
Our entrance hall is kind of a funny shape! This is the view from our front door.
And this is the view from the other side of the hall. Hopefully that gives you some kind of perspective. We opted for white soft sheen paint on the walls as there’s no natural light. The soft sheen reflects what light there is and makes the hallway seem more spacious.
A recent purchase, the finishing touch to our hallway.
Light shade (Homebase) – similar here
We’re not ones to take ourselves too seriously, hence this seriously kitsch touch.
The scene of a thousand selfies! Anyone who follows me on Instagram will recognise this mirror!
Mirror (Wilkinson) – similar here
This is designed to be a telephone table, but who has their telephone in the hallway these days? It’s the perfect size for a bit of hallway storage for us. It’s full of all the little things you need to grab before you head out of the door: sunnies, lint brushers, scarves, gloves, keys… And, we’ve made it look pretty with a photo collage, the letter blocks we used at our wedding and a cute little candle.
Mandatory pair of shoes in the hallway! Whose hallway is ever 100% shoe free, really..?
Leopard print ballet pumps (Warehouse) – similar here.
After years of dumping our coats in the spare room. I am so pleased to have some coat hooks! Small things and all that…
Before the days of Pinterest I had a tear sheet from Red Magazine of Jo Whiley’s house. She had art on the floor of her home and it looked ace. I attempted to recreate that look here with some of mine and Hubby’s creations, plus the seating plan from our wedding and a bag which reminds us of good times on our trip to Madrid.
This is an authentic old fashioned iron which we found when clearing out my nan’s house. It makes for a handy doorstop.
What’s in your entrance hall?