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Six Of The Best: Ways To Smarten Up Your Hallway

22/10/2010 16:47 | Updated 22 May 2015

It's said that people make up their minds about a house within thirty seconds of entering it. So, after the all-important front door colour, (your choice apparently says a lot about you - reds and purples, you know who you are...), if you're out to make a stylish first impression it's vital to make the best of the humble and often neglected hallway.

Although not technically a room, the hallway is the one part of your home that even the briefest of visitors will always see. It's no good having the world's most fabulous en-suite in the master bedroom if your home's entrance isn't up to scratch.

So if you're serious about making the best of your home, there's no better place to start. Here's how:

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6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

The hall is a high-traffic area. Scuffs from bike handlebars, grubby finger marks – the list goes on. So whether it's wallpaper or paint, make sure it's washable, or at least wipeable, which these days needn't mean horribly shiny. Farrow & Ball's washable Modern Emulsion is only slightly less flat than its famously chalky Estate Emulsion. If wallpaper is more your thing, Zoffany and Designers Guild both have fantastically glamorous wipeable vinyl papers.

Walls painted in Down Pipe No.26 Estate Emulsion, £26.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

Mirrors can be an extremely handy design tool, especially in a hallway, as they allow you to manipulate the perception of space. If your entrance space is narrow, placing a mirror opposite a picture is a good way of creating the illusion of width. Floor mirrors are also great for disguising a dead-end in a corridor-style hallway – as well as being handy for last minute outfit checks. The more ornate and fabulous the better.

White metal mirrors, from a range at Graham & Green

6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

One way to make a great first impression is to make sure your home smells sweet as soon as you open the front door. Scents are incredibly evocative and these days the choice in home fragrance is endless, with options at every budget. For a candle that looks as beautiful as it smells, try the Fragrant Home range from Designers Guild.

Candles from the Fragrant Home range, Designers Guild

6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

Whether it's coats thrown over the end of the banister, rogue takeaway menus or handbags abandoned where they land, clutter is the enemy when trying to make a great first impression. This clever space-saving hook/storage combo could be the answer to both hallway clutter and the eternal question: "Where are my keys?"

Cubby wall-mounted organiser, £35, Heals

6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

All but the narrowest of hallways should be able to accommodate a console table. As well as being a beautiful piece of furniture and giving you a go-to place for your keys/phone/whatever, use it as a display space for a vase of welcoming fresh flowers.

Autonno console table, £578, Ivory Pearl Interiors

6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

If you have dark wooden floorboards in your hallway, think about lifting the area by painting them white. This will make any space seem larger and gives a fresh first impression.

Stairs and floor painted in Off-White No.3 floor paint, £48.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

6 of the best: Ways to smarten up your hallway

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