When it comes to winter, hallways tend to get messier. Weekend walks, taking the dog outside and general going inside & out means having to pile on the layers (which may include deciding which scarf is best from a selection of many) and having to store more clothing and footwear in the hall. On top of that, there’s the muddy boots, brollies and kids toys and games that end up bringing the outdoors indoors, and not in the interior way that we’d like.
Whether you’ve got a compact space, you’re blessed with a large entry way or perhaps your door leads straight into the living room, your home’s entrance shouldn’t have to suffer the effects of winter. Read on and find out how you can prepare your hallway for the upcoming season so that it always looks great.
Create a designated place to put shoes on
A big part of keeping a hallway tidy and clean is making sure that people aren’t dragging muddy shoes around everywhere. By creating a designated area to put shoes on, you’ll stop this from happening. It’s a great trick for little ones especially, as it gives them a place to sit down and focus on putting their shoes on, rather than running around and getting over excited.
Place a bench close-by the front door for the perfect reminder of where to go. A clever storage bench will provide extra space for your essentials, as well as give you a great place to quickly pop down shopping bags when you’re getting in. If you’re stuck on space, opt for a chic stool or chair instead.
Make it easier to find what you need
A lot of clutter and mess in a hallway is caused by not being able to find what you need. There’s nothing worse than having to filter through a jam-packed draw full of everything that you’re not looking for! Make sure that your items are made easy to access by investing in clever storage. A console table with multiple drawers is great, as you can ensure that each draw has its own purpose. You can even use cute letters or handwritten tags to prompt people where to go. If you’d rather a more open look, pop a few wicker baskets underneath a bench or on a long shelf. Avoid stacking boxes as they take longer to get to and end up being messier.
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Give little ones the space to look after their own things
When you’ve got little ones bouncing with energy, it can be difficult to get them to stay patient enough to put away their things nicely. Harness some of that energy by turning the daily task of getting ready into something fun. Pop a shelf and peg at the perfect height for little arms to reach and use hanging letters or stencils to make the space theirs. Give them a separate stool in their favourite colour so that they have their own place to put shoes on, and pop a painting above to anchor their little area. You can even add a small corkboard on the wall so that they can showcase their pictures and outdoor findings, and give them a gold star every time you inspect their area.
Be clever with your textile choice
Consider your doormat and rug choice carefully as they’ll single handily be able to stop a lot of mess and dirt from getting into your house. When deciding on your rug, make sure you take into account exactly what you use your hallway for. Do you have a dog that tends to leave paw prints? Or perhaps you like to go for monthly hikes in the country? Do you really have the time to vacuum your hallway rug every other day?
To make life easier, opt for clever fabrics that won’t absorb all that mud and dirt from outside. They will save you time and help you to keep your house clean. Our Muddle Mats are great options, with outdoor and indoor designs that are perfect for busy households. The outdoor Muddle Mat can be left outside all year and can even be jet washed to save time on washing. Perfect.
Create a storage spot right by the door
Keeping a hallway neat and tidy is easier said than done, so make sure that you cater for your bad mood, rushed and lazy days too. By placing a stylish basket by the door, it means that you can chuck in any items as soon as you get in and come back to them later. It will stop you from having stacks of letters and random bits and bobs on your hallway table, and will keep your space (and mind) calmer.
Change the mood
When you walk inside after a long day, make sure that your first impression of home is a luxurious one. Whether your taste is simple Scandi, rustic countryside or homely heritage, you can create the perfect entrance to instantly calm your mood and set the tone for your evening.
Pop scented reeds on your table to ensure a comforting smell will always greet you, and add small details such as fresh (or faux) flowers and favourite pictures. If you have the space, perhaps even add a cosy armchair or occasional chair in the corner as the perfect place to catch up on your favourite magazine or paper – before it’s time to get on with the household chores.
Use lighting to your advantage
Lighting is key to creating ambience, both in preparing you for the day ahead and greeting you after a day at work. Lighting should be an extension of your current décor and it can hugely affect the look of your room’s shape and size. If you have high ceilings, a statement pendant or chandelier can really add the wow factor, but, if you’d rather keep things simple and functional, opt for spotlights or a flush light fitting. Look towards coloured glasses and semi-opaque designs that will create a soft and comforting glow in your space, and make sure to accessorise with stylish table lamps or a striking floor lamp.
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