James Treble talks us through the look we are loving this month.
We’re hanging in the hallway.
AS OUR BUSY LIVES have us always rushing in and out the door, the hallway can end up a dumping zone for bags, shoes and coats. Annoyingly, we can’t hide it away and the humble hall table doesn’t quite do the job anymore.
The trend emerging from this is the mud room or hallway hangs – a cool way to keep organised and deal with the need to stop and drop at the front door.
To make this look work is a matter of combining wall-mounted storage, wall hooks and, if the hallway is wide enough, a stool or long seat, preferably with storage underneath. This setup deals with all family’s needs in a decorative and inviting way.
WALL HOOKS: A row of wall hooks provide a place to hang a coat or scarf. Use old-school styles with a top and bottom hook for school bags and hats.
WALL-MOUNTED SHELVES: Ideal for seasonal clothing or that beach towel and sunscreen, a wall-mounted shelf can be installed above wall hooks.
HALLWAY BENCH: The perfect place to sit and tie shoelaces, place a bag of shopping so you can close the front door behind you, or drop your handbag.
UNDER-SEAT STORAGE: Baskets under a bench by the door can hold shoes and school items. Have one basket per child and empower them to be organised (and lift some of the burden off you!).
COLOUR CODE Dreamy Dreams cushion, $49.95, from Freedom.
BASKET CASE Nito rectangle basket in Rattan Grey, $99 for large, from Freedom.
Name game Make it personal with hooks at heights to suit everyone.
IN THE BAG Sax storage bag in Brown, $24.95 for medium, from Freedom.
TOP SHELF Ekby Järpen wall shelf in Black-Brown/ Birch, $34.99, from Ikea.
Hooked! Wall hooks keep bags, hats and scarves neat and tidy.
BENCH SPACE Sigurd bench in White, $129, from Ikea.
THE SPOT Wooden wall hook, $3, from Kmart.