A corridor or a hallway is often one of the most neglected spaces in our homes, a dumping ground for footwear, umbrellas, keys and all the other general belongings that you grab at the last minute as you are leaving the house. Yet, as the first space that guests see when they enter your home, it is worth spending the time and effort to ensure your hallway has instant wow factor.
Much more than just a hall that leads to other places, a corridor is an important part of your home and it's definitely valuable of your decorating attention. You can achieve an exceptional look for your corridors by adding striking wallpaper, a stylish mirror, or standout lighting – there’s no limit on designing! Here are a few great tips on bringing out the best on your corridors.
In most houses, corridors aren't very wide and, as a result, they can often feel quite dark. Your entrance hallway, for an instance, needs adequate lighting to welcome guests to your home. Your front door has a role to play here, as glass panels in the door or at the side will allow light to pass through from outside. On a more basic level, try to keep the doors that lead off from the entrance hall open, as this helps to create the feeling of a larger space and enables more light to flood in.
Mirrors are well known for their light-reflecting properties and are used in almost any well-planned hallway scheme. There are so many shapes and styles to choose from, whether you prefer a traditional French design or a more modern sunburst version.
If you have a high ceiling in your hallway, a big glass chandelier will look amazing, especially if the light is reflected in a mirror. A staircase is a good place to hang a chandelier for maximum impact. Otherwise, opt for a stylish ceiling pendant and include some lower-level lighting, such as a floor-standing lamp or table lamp.
In dark rooms, you can’t go wrong with neutral color schemes, as they are great for brightening a space. Walls offer plenty of scope to add interest, whether it's with colorful artworks, clusters of photographs or an ornate piece of furniture. Use the hallway to reflect aspects of your personality – in many ways; it’s a great place to experiment, as you don’t spend an enormous amount of time here.
Bold wallpapers or paint colors can look stunning in a hallway, but choose carefully and bear in mind that dark colors will often make a space feel smaller than it really is. A busy pattern can also dominate the room if you don’t have enough perspective to appreciate it from a distance – for this reason, wallpaper will often look great on a wall with a staircase, rather than down a long, straight corridor.
Flooring is a great way to make an impression and tiling is ideal for creating an individual look. Black and white chequerboard styles are super eye-catching, as are colorful, patterned patchworks or sleek marbles. Tiles can be quite cold which pairs well with the Philippine heat. If you plan on using carpets, cream carpets are hugely popular and will brighten a space; but in a high-traffic area like the hall, they will quickly become stained, so it’s a good idea to include runners or rugs in colors or patterns that will hide mucky footprints.
Wooden floorboards or wood-effect laminates are also very popular in hallways, and it’s easy to see why, as they look great and are simple to clean. A good coat of varnish will prevent damage to floors, but if you want to add extra protection, use rugs or runners which are also great for reducing the noise that hard surfaces can create. If you have wooden floorboards that are left uncovered, it’s a good idea to remove high heels before walking on them, as they can mark and dent the wood.
Painting floorboards white is wonderful for keeping your hallway light. Scuff marks are inevitable, so embrace the worn-in, shabby-chic finish if you choose this as your flooring. White painted stairs and landings look great. You can mix and match your flooring, but if you have wood everywhere, the stairs may benefit from being left bare too. If you prefer to cover them, use a runner, rather than carpeting from end to end, so that the contrast between wood and carpet doesn’t look so pronounced.
Clutter is a big no in a hallway, so storage is really important. The key is having a place for everything so you don't end up with piles of shoes or gym kit thrown about everywhere. In a traditional Filipino home, umbrellas are a daily necessity to keep people safe from the heat and rain. Dangle a hook to hang umbrellas, hats, and even raincoats.
Think about where to keep shoes – a bench that has shelves or storage compartments below it is ideal. Shoe racks can be handy too, considering they’re affordable, easy to install, and convenient to find anywhere in the city.
In addition, a console table provides a handy surface for post and many have drawers for storing bits and bobs, too. If there's space to include other furniture, a sumptuous seat of some kind will create a decadent look and make people want to linger in the hallway.
A whole pile of storage is available under the stairs. This is often where the vacuum cleaner, ironing board and all kinds of household products are dumped, but if you can possibly avoid this, you could turn it into a place for keeping umbrellas and shoes, with shelving to accommodate each member of the household's kit.
You can also go for a selection of perfectly-proportioned or fitted storage units, ideally with shelves, drawers and room for storage boxes or baskets. Wicker baskets and wooden storage is a smart alternative to a cupboard that not only brings a traditional aesthetic vibe to your home, but also makes a great place to store smaller items that you’d otherwise be rushing around to find in the morning.