Lanas­sir Lawes has some thoughts on how to make a great first im­pres­sion with your hall­way

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Lanas­sir Lawes of­fers her ex­pert ad­vice

First im­pres­sions are so im­por­tant; from the ap­proach as you en­ter the drive to the colour of the front door. This is the home’s ‘smile’ and the en­trance hall be­yond shows the per­son­al­ity of the home and sets the scene for the rest of the prop­erty.

I’ve painted my front door the same in­tense ‘Vic­to­rian pur­ple’ by Zof­fany as the skirt­ing boards and in­ter­nal doors through­out my apart­ment and us­ing the word ‘Two’ in­stead of a num­ber gives an in­sight to the quirky in­te­rior be­yond.

En­trance halls can be tricky as they should look smart and tidy but in a busy fam­ily home this can be tricky. As nice and wel­com­ing as a clas­sic con­sole ta­ble, lamps and mir­ror look, prac­ti­cal stor­age for coats and shoes is of­ten high on clients’ wish lists.

This was very much the case with my client’s con­tem­po­rary house with mod­ern graphite grey front door. Af­ter liv­ing in their new home for a year they were aware that they needed to find a way that was quick and easy for the fam­ily to put away their out­door wear but main­tain the stream­line look of the mod­ern prop­erty.

As you walk in the front door the wide oak and glass stair­case is straight ahead, leav­ing a void un­der­neath with a light grey tiled floor. Although the hall­way is al­ready spa­cious we were keen not to com­pletely block in this space with stor­age.

Af­ter dis­cussing in depth the re­quire­ments, I de­signed an open wardrobe and shoe shelves. Coats tend to be quite bulky and if you over-stuff a cup­board with them in­evitably the doors don’t shut prop­erly and it looks un­tidy; sim­i­larly shoes, if hid­den away tend to get stacked up scruffily.

Mea­sure­ments were taken of items to be stored to en­sure we made best pos­si­ble use of the space. The han­dle-free draw­ers con­ceal sun­glasses, dog leads and tow­els, keep­ing the space very slick.

The other con­sid­er­a­tion in a hall­way is a seat to al­low vis­i­tors to sit while re­mov­ing their footwear, I al­ways ad­vise choos­ing some­thing quite firm and not too low. In this in­stance I de­signed a multi-pur­pose stool that in­cor­po­rates a shoe rack for vis­i­tors’ shoes.

The geo­met­ric up­hol­stery fab­ric used on the seat matched the ro­man blind in the ad­join­ing cloak­room and adds a soft­ness to the room along with tex­tured wall­cov­er­ing and a large wool rug that fills the floor.

The over­all feel as you en­ter the house now is very wel­com­ing and or­gan­ised. The be­spoke fit­ted fur­ni­ture feels as though it has al­ways been there and in keep­ing with the rest of the house.

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ABOVE:A spe­cial­ly­de­signed seat/ shoe store in the hall­way

BE­LOW:Not ev­ery nook and cranny is used for stor­age

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