The entrance hall in most homes is usually a very small area, an area which more often than not is not blessed with a great deal of natural light.
All of which means that it can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to choosing how to decorate it and what kind of furniture and accessories are most appropriate for this space.
The hall is the first thing visitors will see when they arrive at your home, and as the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. You have to take care of every detail when decorating and, most importantly, make good use of the available space.
Apart from thinking about how to go about decorating the hall, you should bear in mind certain practical points. For example, you really need to think about placing a coat stand or umbrella stand in the hall, to take guests coats and accessories as they arrive.
So the ideal thing is to find compact furniture that will fit into a reasonably small space but where you can also store away bits and pieces.
If there is little space and light in your hallway, it is best to paint it a light neutral colour, such as white or beige. You can be more daring and use brighter colours if you have a larger space.
However, in both cases it is worthwhile painting the ceiling white or a lighter colour than the walls. In this way, you create an illusion that the space is bigger than it really is.
Another good tip if you want to make the hall area look bigger is to use a large mirror or perhaps a set of small matching mirrors. Below the mirror you can put a shelf with a vase, a small tray for keys, family photos, an incense holder or a maybe even some beautiful scented candles.
The choice of lighting will be important in a small hallway to help you achieve your aim of creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. If your hall furniture includes a table or perhaps a console, then why not put a table lamp on it or place a standard lamp next to it?
Scented candles also work well in the hall because, in addition to their subtle light, they also give the space an inviting aroma which is one of the first things visitors to your home will notice.
There are hundreds of choices available when it comes to scented candles. They are to be found in any number of colours so you will always be able to match them to your decor. Also, many luxury brands of candles are so attractive to look at that you do not even need to add a candle holder or any other embellishment.
One word of caution, though, when it comes to using scented candles. If you are leaving a lit candle in the hall for any length of time you should make sure that it is in a safe place out of the reach of children or anyone who could accidentally knock it over.
After all, by its very nature, people will be coming and going via the hall all the time. If this is an issue, you may be better advised to choose a reed diffuser to give your hallway a welcoming fragrance.
When it comes to the choice of floor coverings you should bear in mind that the hallway has the greatest amount of foot traffic of any area of the home. Accordingly it is best to lay a hard-wearing carpet, which will enhance the area as well as creating a very cosy feeling to the entrance of your home.
However, even the hardest wearing carpet will not look very good for long if it is not properly cared for. Make sure you keep it in tip-top condition by regular vacuuming.