Simply Home Decorating, Photography Tracey Ayton
Tip 1 – First think about outdoors
Tip 2 – Pick your colour scheme
If you prefer to keep your walls neutral, you might use your favorite colour just as a focal point. This means you will use your chosen colour on something that your eyes will focus on when entering the room. Simply put, it’s the star of your hall. What do you want the eye to be drawn to when entering the room? Your choice might be anything from a beautiful painting, bold painted chest of drawers, antique vase with flowers, tiles, designer’s chandelier, mirror…. the list could go on…
What if the colour you like feels maybe bit too strong to use for all walls? In this case you can paint your walls in some neutral colour like white, cream or grey. Or in some subtle soft shade of other colours that have a calming effect. Your chosen colour you will use as your focal point , something that your eyes will focus on when entering the room.
Tip 3 – Think of the mood of your hallway
Calming Airy Feel
Many of us live in a modern flat or house. When we buy it is often painted in white colour. White is a perfect colour to make your space feel bright and airy. If idea of a white hallway makes you feel cold and sterile, opt for some other neutral colour. Among popular choices are creams and greys, but also some subtle shades of pinks,blues and greens. These colours can have a very desired calming effect. If you wish to create this neutral sort of mood, then these colours are the right ones for you. By adding accessories to a light colour palette it makes a space more personal and cozy. Again, it’s good to think about exactly what will be the main feature of the hallway, what we want to focus our eyes on. What exactly will you see right after opening your front door? If you have a hard time deciding about your focal point, think of an item you really love, an item you don’t mind seeing few times a day. In our hallway it is a painting i find soothing. What will be your focal point?
If you are like me, your goal will be to evoke a moody feel right at the entrance. By ‘Moody’ I am not suggesting something depressing or sad! Rather i use the term to describe rooms that are distinct, rich, and full of character. The space that feels intimate with bit of mystery and at the same time ellegant. By painting your walls in a dark colour, such as popular dark grey, blue or black your hallway will gain depth and will feel moody in a right way. Why not pick even some bolder wallpaper in a darker colour scheme? Your hallway will be very distinct and will have tons of character. If wallpaper doesn’t appeal to you why not try painting your hallway with a darker colour? In case you discover that it is not your cup of tea, the worst thing that can happen is that you will have to repaint it back to a light colour; but I think it’s worth the risk.
Tip 4 – Enhance Your Existing Features
Tip 5 – Add character to your walls without painting them
What if you are drawn to striking and distinctive interiors? I have already mentioned how great the wallpaper in the hallway could be. Your walls can gain a personality. Picking accessories is then quite easy. Just look at the detail of your wallpaper, to help you decide which shades and patters you can use as your inspiration. Personally, I think that less is sometimes more, so if your wallpaper is very bold and colourful, treat it like your focal point and back everything else. By this you ensure your bold hallway design will be balanced and will not be too busy looking.
So do you know which colour is the right one for you? I hope that after reading this article you will already know more clearly which direction to take when planning the colour scheme of your hallway. When picking colours, it is good not to rush the process. After all, you will live with it every day.