Corridor and Hallway design, tips and inspiration
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.
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.
1. Make the most of
good lighting 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.
2. Plan the color
scheme of your halls
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.
3. Choose your hallway
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
4. Think about hallway
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
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.
5. Make use of the
space under the stairs
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.
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.