One of the best things about living in a new home is the fun of decorating and choosing new finishes for, well, everywhere!
Designing this space is a bit trickier than most of the other rooms in our home.
It has almost no natural light, it’s oddly shaped with a curved wall and has 4 doors leading off it.
All things that don’t exactly make designing a room easy! We’re also still trying to make more daring decorating decisions which is exciting but it can also be really overwhelming, too! There are sooo many decisions to make which is one of the reasons we love to create mood boards.
1. Wallpaper & Dado Rail
I admit that the final verdict on if to wallpaper is still out.
I love the idea of having some fun and introducing a bold pattern and I admit that I’ve had my eye on this fabulous Daydream wallpaper by Hygge and West for more than a while.
I love the colour (there are lots of other colour choices available) but more importantly, the pattern is large enough to look good on our large walls (even if it’s on the pricey side).
Something else we’d like to add is a dado rail. I’m not usually one for adding features where there wouldn’t have originally been any but think it would work here. Like everywhere else in our apartment, the ceilings are ridiculously high so breaking up the large wall surface would help the room feel more in proportion.
A dado rail would also have the added bonus that the wallpaper may not be quite as full on if we only wallpaper half of the walls. It would definitely be much less expensive, too!
2. Front Door Makeover
Uff. Not pretty, is it?
I can’t wait to get my paintbrush out. It just feels so yucky!
As we’re not allowed to paint the outside of the door which is a horrible shade of grey, we’ll definitely be having some fun on the inside.
Originally, I’d been leaning towards a fun yellow like Citron by Farrow & Ball but now I’m being tempted by lots of lovely blues (like Oval Room Blue or St Giles Blue by Farrow & Ball or Blue Verditer by Little Greene Paint Company) too. The current front-runner is St Giles Blue but as usual, when it comes to decorating decisions, I seem to change my mind on an almost daily basis!
Something else that you have probably noticed, is that the door has been boarded up. Underneath, there is some lovely decorative timber but we’ll be leaving it as it is – shocking, I know!
We’ll be sharing more of our reasoning behind this decision when we share our finished front door (we’re planning on working on it over Christmas) which will hopefully be really soon!
We’ve only just sanded the floorboards in the whole apartment so we’ll be keeping them on show for a while but ultimately I would like to tile this little hallway (and possibly add underfloor heating).
Choosing tiles for this room will be so much fun and we’ll definitely be choosing ones that are in keeping with the era of the house.
Something like these classic Oxford tiles would be ideal. They’re stylish, beautiful and completely timeless. Alternatively, I also love these Salisbury tiles which have a lovely pattern. I’m sure either of them would add a total wow factor to the hallway.
I find choosing rugs the most difficult of all decorating decisions and I find it almost impossible to imagine them in my space.
I like the idea of adding a Kelim style rug like this gorgeous Manisa Kelim one or this slightly less colourful Magizh one as it would add another pop of colour but also some texture & pattern.
Although we don’t wear shoes in the house, the hallway is the one space where wearing shoes is kind of inevitable. So far, our oiled floors are turning out to be really hard wearing but having a rug would hopefully provide an extra layer of protection and, if it’s highly patterned, the odd stain or mark that may inevitably occur will hopefully not be noticeable.
5. Furniture & Storage
We already have some storage in here but it could really be improved upon. I’ve had the Ikea shoe cupboard for longer than I care to remember (they don’t even make it anymore!) and other than our DIY hallway bench which I still love there’s really nothing else in here. It’s all a bit empty and bland at the moment. There’s nowhere to hang coats and I’d like somewhere to store slippers for guests (we are making them take off their shoes after all!). I love these dots by Muuto which I think would look fab on one of our walls and would be a great place to hang jackets and bags.
Although I still love our bench (and it will probably stay in here) I also love the idea of having some vintage cinema seats in the hallway. It’s weirdly something I’ve always wanted and our hallway is definitely wide enough for some more substantial seating.
We’d love a supersized mirror to reflect the little light we do have and bounce it around the room.
Something like this setup with a round mirror would be amazing. As mirrors in that size don’t seem to exist I got a quote to have one made. Annoyingly it came in at a whopping 600 Euros. Yep, for just one mirror! I love the idea of it but we’ll definitely have to find a much more budget-friendly option!
This is the one thing that is already ticked off our list!
I’m so pleased with how our new ceiling pendant (it’s Molecular by House Doctor) looks in our hallway! It’s large enough for the room and I love the modern, slightly industrial feel the Edison bulbs add.
8. Accessories & Art
We recently framed and hung some gorgeous postcards which were a housewarming gift from a couple of our fab friends (thanks, guys!) and although I love them I’m not sure how we’ve hung them is the best solution (totally ignoring the fact that they’re also wonky!).
For me, adding all of the personal touches like art is the most important thing when making a space coming together and it’s definitely one of the most fun parts of room makeovers. too!
I love the colourful mood board for the hallway but it’s a design that I think will have to be toned down a little. Patterned tiles, a patterned rug and patterned wallpaper may just be a little too overwhelming! Overall, the planning for our new home is slowly starting to come together. Now, all we need to do is actually carry out some of all of these improvements!
Is there something that you think every hallway has to have? Have you ever used wallpaper? What do you think makes a hallway welcoming?