6 haute hallway hacks
The hallway is a unique space that we think deserves a little more appreciation. It greets guests, sets the tone for the rest of your home and welcomes and warms you on bleak winter days. With a few subtle styling tricks, it can feel like an extra room and work for everyone – whether you’re coming, going or just passing through.
The all-purpose bench
A bench is a simple addition that’s equal parts storage solution and chic focal point. Functional but still sleek enough for almost any space, use it to balance stacks of interesting hardbacks, hide rows of shoes or as a perch when lacing up.
This rattan option works all year round – just warm it up in winter with a white sheepskin.
The space-enhancing mirror
A final glance in the mirror before dashing out the door is a morning rite of passage (and according to Coco Chanel, the opportune moment to ‘take one thing off’). Whether you’re casting accessories aside or just topping up your lippy, a mirror is a hallway hero in more ways than one: it reflects light in an often windowless space, adds movement and creates the illusion of space and depth.
The statement coat
It’s the star of your winter wardrobe and it deserves to be on display. Banish weary old windbreakers to the cupboard in favour of one standout piece that fills you with joy (we’re thinking shearling, pastel, oversized – or maybe all three). Stripping back your winter wares saves you precious morning minutes digging through and injects fun into what can feel like a functional space. We love the idea of hanging bags from the freed-up hooks.
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The stylish storage
When it comes to fool proofing your family against the unpredictability of good old British weather, it makes sense to have your accessories within an arm’s length of the front door – so why do we tend to bury them in bedroom drawers? Cue some seriously chic solutions for your hats, gloves, scarves and other weather-ready essentials.
And if you’re a master organiser, try separate boxes for different items, or different family members.
The Scandi accessories
Hallways are prone to the natural clutter of everyday life – coats, key, shoes and everything in between. With this in mind, we’re taking inspiration for ours from the harmony and functionality of Scandinavian design. It might seem like a tall order, but a pared back base of restful greys and natural wood will bring visual calm to a busy entranceway. Bonus points for this contemporary cushion – the perfect way to check off this season’s print trend.
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The mood-setting scent
A burst of fragrance has the power to soothe, uplift and transform a functional space into a scent-filled sanctuary.
If you’d rather not stick to a signature scent, try swapping with the seasons – try grapefruit, orange blossom or tomato leaf for summer and fig or ginger in the colder months. And scents aren’t a must; an oversized lantern makes a statement display for simple tea lights.
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