Your hallway is the first thing guests see as they come through the front door - so make sure it's warm and welcoming.

Follow our tips and advice on how to decorate your hallway and find the perfect storage units.

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Hallways are only used as a walk-through, so you can afford to make a statement.

  • Create a feature wall

Experiment with eye-catching wallpaper and bright patterns. Avoid plain white walls as these can get grubby easily.

  • Choose a strong carpet

If you'd rather keep your walls neutral, opt for a colourful hallway runner. Just make sure it is hard-wearing as this is a high traffic area.

  •   Don't forget the finishing touches  

Position flowers on a nearby table for a welcoming first impression or hang photos on the walls for a personal touch.

Hallways can often be narrow and dark - so the right lighting is essential.

  • Make the most of natural light 

Mirrors are a great way of reflecting natural light, and they can also give the impression of space.

  • Position uplighters or spotlights along the corridor

Uplighters and wall lights are both practical and stylish - perfect for giving hallways that welcoming feel.

  • Install a skylight
  • A skylight can make a world of difference to small spaces. Visit Velux for more details.

Hallways can be a great place to store shoes, coats and keys.

  • Storage bench

Hide hallway clutter with a useful storage bench. Choose one with compartments and load it up with boxes and baskets. 

  • Side table

A small table by your front door is ideal for dumping post or displaying a bouquet of flowers. Browse through our photo gallery of side tables to pick out the perfect one.

  • Key holder

Decorative wire key holders take up no space at all and can be mounted on the wall - perfect for those who are always losing their keys!

  • Shoe rack

Shoe racks are great for family homes as they keep the hallway organised. Slide the rack under a side table if you'd prefer keep it out of sight.

For more decorating, craft ideas and cleaning hacks don't miss our dedicated DIY guide

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