Tips to create amazing hallways


We rediscovered this article recently from the October 2009 edition of Elle Decoration and thought it included some great ideas for redecorating your hallway..

1. Hang it all

Keep everything but the dog off the floor! Try suspending coat hangers from the ceiling as an alternative to wall-mounted hooks (Muji’s cedar hangers are sturdy enough – £10.95 for a set of three, Or invest in Donata Paruccini’s ‘Leather Hangers’ for ENO (they’re actually leather balls suspended from rope), £110 for four, SCP (

2. Touch of class

Add an element of surprise to a space normally ignored in the decoration stakes. Juxtapose a red carpet entry with walls in muted tones. For a decadent, glamorous touch, hang an ornate light shade or go the whole hog and splash out on a chandelier. Graham & Green ( and Laura Ashley ( have a good selection, or try local vintage stores.

3. Where the art is

Remember that every front door also has a back. Give yours a decorative edge, be it through hanging pictures, a mirror (for last-minute beauty checks) or, as in this example, sketch your own design. Not artistically gifted? Use stickers instead – MarMarCo has a selection ( Add an iconic chair (such as Harry Bertoia’s wire chair here) to provide the perfect spot for tying shoelaces.

4. Get creative

Children and adults alike will embrace the blank canvas provided by a blackboard. It will also help with last-minute shopping lists, memos and friends and family can leave thank-you notes or messages for when you’re not around. Try the magnetic blackboard paint on sale at Homebase (£9.99 for 750ml;

5. Super store

A hallway can all too often become a dumping ground for everyone’s outdoor kit. A stylish chest of draws such as Tadao Hoshino’s cantilevered ‘Aphrodite’ unit for Ligne Roset, shown here, will provide slim-line storage. From £2,075 ( If you’re on a budget, try similar closets from Ikea or Lakeland!

6. Show time

As book covers can be an art form in their own right, why not enjoy them as soon as you enter your home? This brilliant shelving unit by Marianne van Ooij takes your first editions and turns them into a focal point and because it’s super-skinny it’s perfect for hallways. ‘Slim’ acrylic shelving from £89 (


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