Like many homes (including our own), we’ll bet yours has taken a hammering these last few months. With kids, pets (or both) at home full time, and all those extra food shop bags and boxes being carried in, it’s easy for walls to look a little worse for wear. Particularly in a busy traffic area like the hallway.
The odd scrape here, a mud splash there – it can feel like the once warm and welcoming entrance to your home is suddenly looking worn and shabby. It’s likely time for a refresh, but how do you keep your hallway looking spotless for longer?
Introducing the Dulux Easycare range
Dulux Easycare Washable & Tough is a washable wall paint that’s twenty times tougher than standard Dulux paint – in fact it’s their most durable paint yet. Easycare Washable & Tough comes with clever stain-resistant technology stirred in.
It turns liquids into little beads, which sit on top of the paint rather than soak in. In short, it’s a scrubbable paint that doesn’t actually need scrubbing.
Grease, felt-tip pen, coffee, ketchup, crayons; you name it – a quick wipe is all that’s needed to get rid of splashes and stains. Keeping your walls clean really is a breeze with Easycare Washable & Tough paint.
Easycare Washable & Tough comes in a wide range of colours and finishes, so you can get creative with some of the ideas ahead, and give your home the entrance it deserves.
After all, the hallway will be the first thing family and friends will see when they are finally allowed to visit. So it’s worth getting ready for them now.
Ideas for your hallway refresh
1. Make a feature of your finials and bannisters
Against neutral walls and pale timber flooring, painting the bannisters, finials and skirting boards in dramatic black will turn your hallway from drab to fab in an instant.
The addition of a brightly painted bench not only provides a cheery splash of colour, it’s a handy spot to sit and take your shoes off, so dirt isn’t traipsed through the house.
2. Smarten your staircase
It’s not just walls that are prone to splashes and spillages. Floors can take a pasting, too. So instead of installing expensive carpet, why not create a stair ‘runner’ with paint?
Painting the edges of bare stair boards by approx 20cm on each side with a contrasting border will give the impression of a rustic runner in the middle – and with Dulux Easycare it will withstand the hustle and bustle of busy family life.
3. Create a study under the stairs
Space under the stairs has traditionally been used for storage; somewhere to stuff coats and bags or hide the ironing board and broom. But if you have somewhere else you can store those things, under-stairs space can be a great spot for a work area.
Paint walls in a calming colour that encourages thought and study – Dulux’s [what colour to credit?] is ideal . Bring in a simple table, add a shelf – and voila – a home office away from the hubbub!
4. Bring order with hooks at different heights
Make it easier for younger members of the household to hang their coats and bags when they come in, with hooks they can reach fixed at child height. Now there’s no excuse for anoraks on the floor!
Painting your wall in a soft hue and situating a set of hooks above and below a clean white dado rail creates smart symmetry and encourages good habits for the whole family.
5. Step up the colour and paint the stairs
Painting timber stair risers in white undoubtedly looks smart, especially if the bannisters and skirting boards are painted in black.
But bring in a pop of colour on every second or third step and you’ll take things to a whole new level, with a hardworking hallway that’s brimming with personality and pizzazz.
6. Organise the entrance
Life is so much easier when you know where things are. By creating a storage system in the hallway, you’ll have somewhere to dump things when you come in and grab them when you go out. There will be no more shouts of ‘where did you put the keys’ again!
Painting the walls and the storage unit in soothing shades such as Dulux’s xxx (green) and xxxx (grey) will add to the sense of calm and order, so you can kiss chaos goodbye.
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No matter what gets thrown at your walls, Dulux Easycare durable paint can be trusted to keep your home looking its best for longer. Order a tester pot of your favourite paint shades now at TRACKED? LINK TO GO HERE.
Soon, your hallway won’t be a tired old corridor, but rather the grand entrance your home deserves.