Regular readers will know that we have recently bought our first home and that it is something of a project with every room in the house needing to be updated and refreshed. We had planned to take our time but one project which can’t be ignored is the hallway.
Our front door opens straight into a space from which the stairs, the kitchen, the play room and the lounge lead and it has (unfortunately) been laid with a cream coloured carpet. The carpet is in pretty good condition but with two young children and a dog it just isn’t the most practical. Think plenty of muddy footprints!
So because of our need to replace the floor, we’ve been thinking about how we can really uplift the space and make the most of it. It isn’t a huge space but it is the first one which people see when they come into our home and the first one we arrive in when we come home laden with all our stuff after a day out.
Predominantly we want a space which is both stylish and practical. One which looks good but which functions well for a family. We will be replacing the carpet with laminate or solid wood flooring which will simply work better for any wet or muddy feet as it will be easier to clean.
Ideally I’d like to invest in a slimline storage unit which can be used to hide the shoes although we don’t have space for this in the hallway so we need something which could be kept in the play room without looking out of place. We will probably invest in a shallow basket for the shoes which get worn the most, and which can live closer to the front door.
The stairs themselves are also carpeted in the same cream carpet and the mouldings will need replacing as they are fairly old-fashioned. I am a particular fan of the Benchmark from Cheshire Mouldings and these really suit the style I am after; they are both elegant looking and practical.
Because the space is small we also need to keep the colour scheme quite bright, to bring in as much light as possible. Finding a balance with this will be tricky because light colours show the dirt up much more easily. Light colours can also be quite cold and the idea would be to create a space which was warm and inviting for people coming into our home.
If we had the space I would also definitely want to buy a bench of some sort as I think this makes the perfect addition. With a brightly coloured cushion for a pop of colour and an inviting space for people to sit down when they are putting on shoes. It would also serve as a handy space for book bags and lunch boxes first thing in the morning so nothing is forgotten!
How would you style your entrance hall?
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