Your hallway is the welcome point of your home. It's where you greet a guest, where a visitor gets a first glimpse of your décor and style, and it doesn't have to be simply a corridor linking two areas of your home. (Nor should it be a dumping ground for coats, keys and the day's post!)
Consider your hallway as a room in its own right with our suggestions to help make it a welcoming invitation to the rest of your home.
Get creative with your storage
No one wants to negotiate an assault course of shoes and boots as they come in, so keep your muddy boots out of sight and invest in a trunk or ottoman and clear the way for your guests as they arrive. Storage doesn't need to be boring either, from vintage looking coat stands, to compact wall cupboards and brightly coloured hooks, there are lots to choose from. If space is an issue you could even create your own multipurpose furniture. A bench provides some handy seating for when you're getting booted up – while the space underneath can double up as extra storage.
Create the perfect mood lighting
Fairy lights are a great way to add some sparkle to any room. Don't put them back in the loft after Christmas, keep them up all year round and embrace the cosiness. How about winding them around the staircase? Or make an impact with a new light shade to brighten up the hall?
Fill your home with your favourite wintry scents
Scented candles, diffusers and plug-in air fresheners add aromatics and help make sure your guests always receive a fragrant welcome. Cinnamon, vanilla and berry scents are perfect at this time of year. Your home will feel cosy and inviting, giving the ideal first impression.
Think 21st century home comfort
Make it easy for your guests to get online and check their messages by inviting them to use your Wi-Fi while they visit. Put your password somewhere easy to see… you could even frame it! Or invite them to stash their mobile devices somewhere safe when they arrive and embrace the festive season as a chance to enjoy some real face-to-face time.
If you're looking for a real change, how about doing a complete hallway makeover? Being one of the busiest rooms of the home, you'll need a durable and easy-maintenance floor, so think tiles as a practical as well as stylish alternative to carpet. Our Berkeley™ tile range is perfect for adding a splash of colour whilst keeping that traditional and homely feel. Love natural stone? Devon, a stone-effect porcelain range, offers a cheaper alternative. Finish it off with a large mirror to reflect the light and give the idea of more space, plus a rug to keep the chill off in the cold mornings.
If you're looking for more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page for more ways to turn your home into your own stylish living space.
That's it from the blog team for 2016 but we'll be back in the New Year with more ideas, features and inspiration for your home.
In the meantime, have a wonderful festive season!