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