By our resident blogger: fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor Charlie Bell
We hope it won’t be too long before we can welcome friends and family into our homes again and with that in mind, we think it’s about time we gave our hallways a little attention. The hallway is the first room guests get to see when they enter our homes so getting that lovely warm and welcoming feeling is key.
With all the comings and goings, hallways are one of the busiest rooms in the house but they often get neglected when it comes to styling, turning into a bit of a dumping ground for shoes, coats and dog leads. Many hallways have the tendency to feel very dark and cluttered thanks to their shape and size - which is often very narrow - making it a tricky room to design.
But hallways can be functional and stylish too and we have some simple tweaks you can do to give your home the grand entrance it deserves. Roll on all those house parties…
Dazzle them with a doormat
We all need a doormat for practical reasons but why not make a statement with it too? There’s nothing more welcoming than a playful doormat and we have a fun selection at Myles from Home that are almost too good to wipe your feet on. Perfect for adding a pop of colour we have our hugely popular Cheerful Welcome Door Mat collection in many bright designs including LOVE, HELLO and a vibrant RAINBOW design for £22.50 each. We also have the extra-long This is My Happy Place, £39 design for patio doors or double width hallways. If you’re after something truly unique, we’re excited to share our first in-house range of homeware designed by us, including these theatrical doormats - Stage Door, Act One, Scene One and Overture and Beginners, all £18 each. They certainly make a dramatic entrance!
Inject some personality
The hallway is where you welcome guests and they get their first glimpse of your home so it’s the perfect opportunity to show off some personality and what better way than some striking wall art. A picture wall adds interest and colour to plain rooms without taking up any floor space. We are thrilled to stock a beautiful range of Reign & Hall prints. Their bold artwork has a strong focus on typography taking the typeface from different city’s transport networks to create modern prints, guaranteed to enhance any room. The range includes Paris, London, and New York, all £17-60 each (size depending).
The hallway is the gateway to the great outdoors so it’s also a good place to bring some of that beauty inside to add something pretty to the otherwise practical space. Pop a vase of flowers on a shelf or add some greenery with a houseplant. We have a wide selection of quirky and charming vases including the recently acquired Jumping Fish £25 or the more traditional Peacock Blue and Gold Vase, £18. If you go for one of our faux plants, you won’t even have to worry about a lack of natural light and a hanging plant, such as the Potted Hanging Pearl Spray , £30 will save on space too.
When it comes to a colour scheme for your hallway, stick to a light colour palette to keep it looking fresh and open. Painting the back of the door and the stairs the same colour as the walls will also help enlarge the space. Make sure you go for tough, durable paint that’s going to endure any scrapes and scuffs as hallways can take a battering. A mirror on the wall will help bounce of any natural light coming in and create the illusion of space too. For a statement piece, we have the new Oni Antiqued Zinc Printer’s Drawer, £99. Hand forged in antique zinc it has a mirrored background and can be used to display trinkets and treasures – yet another way to add some character to the room. We also have the Demesa Iron Shelved Mirror £160, which is one of our best sellers and would make a delightful addition to your hallway.
We hope we’ve inspired you to give your hallways a little love and attention, ready for welcoming friends and family in your homes!