We often pay a lot more attention to all the other rooms of the house and tend to neglect this area, making do with a fresh coat of paint and perhaps some new carpet for the stairs if we have the time and budget. However, we think that your hallway deserves extra care and attention with a bold flooring choice that offers instant wow factor the minute you step through the front door.
People often assume that there are strict rules about size, shape and colour when it comes to flooring, but ultimately there aren’t! Narrow spaces don’t have to be kitted out with a large format coloured tile for instance. Firstly, pick out a shape, colour and print that grabs you and enhance the feeling of space with great lighting. In addition, add a mirror or two on the walls to bounce light back into the hallway. Add further interest with a contrasting coloured grout too!
Patterns and Pops of Colour
Secondly, think about introducing pops of colour to an otherwise neutral setting. Toned-down walls and stairs can be offset wonderfully with a colourful or printed tile. Smaller tiles can be intricate and detailed, giving hallways instant impact. Compared to patterned designs, which draw the eye downwards and become an immediate focal point, creating an on-trend finish without having to splash out on expensive wall coverings etc.
Feeling of Space
For continuity and to elongate the space, consider installing the same tiles in a downstairs cloakroom. This neat little design trick is great for creating a feeling of space within a small area. Furthermore, you could even go so far as to carry the flooring through to the kitchen and utility room too, for a seamless look throughout.
Mix It Up
Play around with the architectural fabric of your home. You don’t have to stay in keeping with the property’s style and age either. Use Victorian-era tiling in a really modern home or conversely, bring a period building up to date with something incredibly abstract.
Last but not least, consider the surface finish. Go for a honed or a matt look. Polished for something contemporary and modern. Tumbled, distressed or worn for a rustic effect or encaustic which can work in both contemporary and timeless traditional homes perfectly. Finish the area with a smart set of hanging hooks or peg rail for coats and bags. Not forgetting a shoe store or seating bench with integrated storage. To finish, add a leafy potted plant or two, and you will have the ultimate entrance hallway for a truly welcoming home.