Your hallway is the first thing you and visitors will see when you enter the house – so it’s important to get it right. Make guests feel warm and welcome with our ten top tips for jazzing up the space.

Make an impact

Dividing up your wall with a band of colour will add interest to the hallway, especially if it’s a strong contrast. Tip: paint the skirting board the same colour for both a smoother look, and to reduce the appearance of scuff marks.

Raise the temperature

If you’re struggling to decide on a paint colour, opt for a warmer shade that will make guests (and you!) feel instantly at home. Don’t go for anything too bright or garish, or it might be a bit overwhelming.

Clutter control

Hallways often become cluttered, being used as a dumping ground for shoes, coats, and umbrellas etc. Opt for some clever storage to make sure this area stays neat and tidy – seating with cushions both looks inviting, and is practical for shoe changing.

Put your best foot forward

As this is the part of the house that gets the most footfall, it’s important to invest in some strong flooring that won’t wear too easily. Tiles are the best option as they can be cleaned easily (think muddy walks and wellies, and you’ll instantly remove the carpet). Wood-effect porcelain tiles will give you the rustic, homely feeling of having wood flooring with the ease of tiles.

Add a runner

Draw the focus upstairsĀ and add a bit more interest to the staircase with a central runner (it’s also great for covering any scuff marks).

Flower power

Seasonal flowers are a great way to set the tone and make your home feel clean, fresh, and colourful.

Mirror, mirror

As hallways can be quite narrow and dark, mirrors are a great way to open up the space, with their light-reflecting surface adding a bit of brightness and making the room seem bigger. Of course, it’s also handy for last-minute appearance checks before you leave the house!

Be scent-sational

There’s nothing worse than entering a house and being hit with a bad smell. For the ultimate first impression, make sure your home is smelling sweet and pop a reed diffuser on the cabinet.