Give your hallway some period elegance
Although the hallway is one of those rooms you might not think you spend a great deal of time, it is – I feel – the most important part of a home.
After all, it is the hallway that connects various rooms to one another and is the first room that you and guests will see when entering your property.
As such, I believe you need to put some effort into making it look grand, and this could be done by giving it period elegance.
Even if you live in a new-build property and other rooms in your home feature a contemporary decor, I still suggest that you establish a traditional style in your hallway. Doing so, I think, will really impress visitors as soon as they walk through the front door, giving an air of sophistication to your property. There are two main elements to creating a period look in such a room.
One of the first things that I advise you to do is to consider your choice of paint colour. Pastel shades, for example, were often used in the Georgian and Victorian times, with light green especially popular during the former. Selecting pale colours isn’t just a great way to give a hallway some period glamour, though it can also make the space feel much larger than it actually is.
If, however, you would prefer to put up wallpaper in your hallway, you should look for something a little more eye-catching. Paper that featured big floral prints was particularly popular during the Victorian era. Again, if you’re hoping to make your hallway’s dimensions seem larger you could look for wallpaper that features subtle vertical stripes. This will lead the eye upwards, making the room appear taller.
Whether you go for paint or paper, I advise that you get a carpet that will provide a contrast on your floor. Carpets featuring bold stripes or tartan patterns were especially trendy in the 18th and 19th centuries, while a runner leading up your stairs is certain to capture visitors’ attention.
Your choice of furniture will also play a key role into how much period glamour your hallway exudes and this is where, I feel, having furnishings made out of mahogany is a great investment. Not only are they hardwearing and easy to clean – qualities that are useful in any part of the home is must be said – but it’s possible to get these products in designs that replicate the popular trends of yesteryear.
This is certainly the case when it comes to mirrors, and you’ll find that you can get items that draw heavily on the styles of the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras (among others) that feature intricate carvings and curved lines. Of course, these items reflect light, so having a large floor-to-ceiling mirror or panes placed on opposing walls will help to make the room feel much more spacious.
Another great product that will give your hallway an authentic period look are wall-hanging shelving units. Of course, these provide a safe and sturdy way to show off ornaments and prized family photographs, but they also make for eye-catching furnishings in their own right. Select a Georgian-style unit, for example, and you may find you can get shelves that come with stylish features such as swan-neck drop handles and turned feet.
These are just some of the things that can be done in order to establish an authentic period-looking hallway, but if you know of any other ways – or have even created this kind of room already – please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.