How to make an unforgettable first impression

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Your hallway is the first impression people get of your home, so it is worth making it a vibrant and welcoming space that reflects both your character and the style of the rest of the house. Even the smallest of spaces can be transformed with a lick of bright paint, a high-impact storage unit, or a colourful carpet, so take a look at our ideas on how to make an unforgettable first impression.

Start with a welcoming colour. In small spaces it is best to choose a white or neutral shade to enhance the feeling of space, then layer on a few dazzling accessories. Grey is a popular choice in home decor at the moment and a soft shade is a great option for a hallway, adding a sophisticated feel when teamed with crisp white woodwork, or mix it up by opting for a two-toned paint effect for a modern take on the dado rail.

If you want to experiment with brighter shades for real wow factor, try painting the doors leading off your hallway to add interest and bold pops of colour in an all white scheme. And don’t forget the effect beautifully-designed hallway wallpaper can have in an entrance hall.

Hardwearing hallway flooring is essential in this high-traffic area and a carpet or stair runner in a bright colour or bold pattern is a great way to add impact. A bold striped runner on the stairs helps to draw the eye up and into the space and can create a fun contemporary feel that packs a punch. Paint the surrounding stairs and banisters a contrasting colour so it doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Practical storage is a must, so if you have the space, put up shelves or add a useful but striking console table or unusual chest of drawers laden with a high-impact lamp or sculptural artwork.

A coat rack and shoe rail are also handy additions in a hall to stop the clutter building up, but choosing an interesting design can also liven up your scheme and leave your guests with an unforgettable first impression of your home.

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