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Ad­mit it, does your hall­way all too of­ten be­come a dump­ing ground where bags, shoes and coats are quickly dis­carded en route to the sofa or kitchen? When it comes to stylish in­te­ri­ors, halls and land­ings are prob­a­bly the most over­looked. But un­used space in a hall­way or land­ing could be trans­formed into a use­ful func­tional area, or sim­ply em­braced as an op­por­tu­nity to dis­play art, fam­ily pho­tos, or to store your keys and coats in style. First im­pres­sions count, and your hall­way will set the tone when you or guests en­ter through your front door. Alan Hughes, fac­ulty di­rec­tor in ar­chi­tec­tural in­te­rior de­sign at the Inch­bald School of De­sign, says: “You want to feel wel­comed, re­ceived back on to the se­cu­rity of your own zone, and guests need to know whose house they are in and that they are wel­come too. “Hall­ways are tran­si­tional spa­ces so you re­main in them less – this gives you a chance to be bold and ex­per­i­ment.” An easy place to start is by think­ing about colour and tex­ture. Your ap­proach to these will vary de­pend­ing on whether you want to achieve a sleek, con­tem­po­rary look, or whether you’d pre­fer a softer, more tra­di­tional, homely feel. “Vi­brant and warm colours are wel­com­ing,” says Alan. “Dra­matic colours can look jewel-like as a door opens, which is a great en­cour­age­ment to en­ter.” How you use your hall will de­ter­mine the fur­ni­ture to in­clude in it. “I need a dish for my keys and loose change, which I al­ways take out of my pock­ets as soon as I get home,” he says. “An oak chest un­der the stairs hides clut­ter and is a good shelf for brief­cases and school bags. We use a large glass punch bowl to keep scarves, gloves and hats neat and tidy, but easy to see. “Keep fur­ni­ture to a min­i­mum; adapt ra­di­a­tor cov­ers to house um­brel­las and key space.” Mir­rors can also help cre­ate the il­lu­sion of added space and depth, and it’s al­ways handy to po­si­tion one near your front door so you can check your re­flec­tion quickly be­fore head­ing out! If space is lim­ited but you still need stor­age for shoes and coats, com­pact shelv­ing, hooks and shoe racks will help keep the area tidy.

In­stalling pan­elling, such as EASI­panel’s tongue and groove pan­els, is a sim­ple way to breathe new life into this part of the home. It pro­vides a blank can­vas for any colour scheme. EASI­panel Tongue & Groove pan­els from £9.29 per panel. Avail­able...

Ar­ti­fi­cial ra­nun­cu­lus ar­range­ment in glass vase, from £19.99 each; Clas­sique pre­mium glass hand­ker­chief bowl, £24.99; Vin­tage Swept cream photo frames from £4.99; For­ever Plum glass Op­u­lent Swirl bul­let vase, £7.99; stack­ing stools, £3.99 each and...

Real hard­wood floor­ing can be ex­pen­sive. But it’s a time­less look that will never go out of fash­ion. Con­sider re­claimed tim­ber sourced from your lo­cal area: good for the en­vi­ron­ment and eas­ier on your pocket. En­gi­neered euro fam­ily oak floor­ing, from...

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