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Inspiration for a small hallway with a long narrow cosy rug from Scandi Living to create space and an inviting feel.

5 tips to help you decorate a small hallway

Do you have a small hallway and want tips on how to make the most of a small space? Be inspired by our five tips on how to decorate a small hallway and make it more organised and inviting.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
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Decorate a small hallway - inspiration from @moeofsweden with a large round mirror, wall storage and a long narrow cosy rug to create space and a homely feel.
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DECORATING A SMALL HALLWAY - INSPIRATION & TIPS

The hallway is the first thing that greets you when you open the door. Creating an inviting hallway is key to making a great first impression for your home. A small hallway can be cramped, disorganised or narrow and difficult to decorate. We have five tips on how to decorate a small hallway - inspiration on how to organise it and tips that will help you create a welcoming entrance:

  1. A mirror to enlarge your hallway
  2. Match your décor tone-on-tone
  3. Stylish and smart storage
  4. Combining a shoe and hat rack in an open wardrobe
  5. Details that make the hallway more homely

1. ENLARGE YOUR HALLWAY WITH MIRRORS

Natural daylight is often lacking in a small hallway, so mirrors are the perfect interior detail to play with any available light. A carefully placed mirror can reflect natural light creating the illusion of more space but you could also consider placing a candle or table lamp near the mirror to create beautiful light reflections.

Tip: Decorate a small hallway with a round mirror. Place it on a side table or hang it over a shelf to create balance on the wall.

2. DECORATE TONE-ON-TONE TO MAKE SMALL HALLWAY APPEAR BIGGER

Decorate a small hallway with matching tone on tone décor, this will help the space appear bigger. Try to avoid decorating with dark colours, which will make the hallway feel smaller. Instead, decorate with light and airy colours to maximise the flow of light and make the hallway appear larger.

Tip: The doormat and hallway carpet should be in the same tone as the rest of the room and in the right size to create space and make the hallway cosier and inviting.

How to decorate a small hallway - inspiration for an open wardrobe and combined shoe and hat rack to make the hallway more organised.

Decorate a small hallway with tone-on-tone furnishings helps to create the illusion of a larger space.

How to decorate a small hallway - inspiration from @hannesmauritzson where a long narrow cosy rug from Scandi Living creates space and a cosy feeling.

Follow @hannesmauritzson's lead and decorate a small hallway in fresh, off white tones to make it feel bigger.

3. INVEST IN STYLISH & SMART SOLUTIONS

When you have a small hallway smart solutions for storage and other practical items can make your everyday life much easier. Think smart and narrow and make sure to utilise the wall for creative storage. This perfectly clever, magnetic shoe horn from Normann Copenhangen that hangs on the wall so you never lose it or these stylish and multifunctional shelves from String Pocket and Muuto can be mounted any way you want depending on your needs. Similarly, HAY's stylish Colour Crate storage boxes can be used to store whatever you want. Among other things, they are perfect as shoe boxes in the wardrobe to save space or somewhere to store those things you use the most.

How to decorate a small hallway - inspiration from @picsbyellen where Muuto's Stacked shelving system makes the hallway more organised and inviting.

Influencer @picsbyellen has put together her own shelf using Muuto's Stacked shelf system. It allows you to build a shelf that suits your small hallway depending on what you want to fill it with.

4. UTILISE THE WALLS IN YOUR HALLWAY WITH AN OPEN HANGING SPACE & COMBINED SHOE AND HAT RACK

Open hanging space and storage in a small hallway might be the best possible use of the space if you can’t quite fit a closed in wardrobe. Here are some tips if you want an open wardrobe for a more organised hallway:

  • Combine a shoe and hat rack
  • Get creative and use every corner of the room.
  • Only display seasonal clothes and items that you use often.
  • Keep your shoes organised to save space in the hallway.
  • Put functional hooks or knobs on the wall for a neat and practical touch.
  • Build height in a small hallway to make the most of the space.
How to decorate a small hallway - inspiration from Essem Design to make the hallway more organised with an open wardrobe and combined shoe and hat rack.

Take advantage of the wall by decorating the small hallway with a shoe and hat rack from Essem Design to make it more organised.

5. DECORATE WITH DETAILS THAT MAKE THE HALLWAY COSIER

Last but not least, it's essential to decorate your hallway with details that add that little extra. The secret to decorating a small hallway is to decorate with only a few things but with things that have meaning and function:

  • Set out a beautiful basket and fill it with items you might need on a typical day out, such as an umbrella or shopping bags.
  • Create a beautiful focal point with your favourite vase, a scented candle and bowl where you can leave small items when you get home.
  • Decorate the small hallway with a cosy rug that works with the rest of the decor and makes your small hallway feel bigger and more inviting.

The hallway is the centrepiece when you are welcomed into a home - so fill your hallway with things you use daily and with meaningful details that transform the small hallway into a welcoming entrance with joy and warmth.

How to decorate a small hallway - inspiration from @our_home_living with scented candles from Skandinavisk and fresh flowers in a nice vase to make the hallway more inviting.

Make your hallway more inviting and cosier by decorating your small hallway with Scented candles to welcome you with a nice scent and a vase of fresh flowers - as seen here at @our_home_living.

Decorating a small hallway - inspiration from KORBO with a stylish and practical umbrella stand to make the hallway more organised.

Set out a stylish and practical umbrella stand, such as the Korbo umbrella stand from KORBO, for guests to borrow in case of a rainstorm as they head home.

MINI GUIDE TO DECORATING A SMALL HALLWAY

  1. Consider the needs of your hallway before you start planning it.
  2. Store only seasonal clothes and shoes in the hallway.
  3. Decorate the hallway with thoughtful furnishings for an organised hallway.
  4. Adapt the furniture to the size of the room, is your hallway narrow? Decorate with a shelf that is narrower and longer to fit the room.
  5. Place a mirror in the hallway to make it appear larger.
  6. Combine a shoe and hat rack to utilise the walls.
  7. Decorate with rugs for a more inviting hallway.
  8. Decorate in tone-on-tone to create the illusion of a larger hallway.
  9. Utilise every nook and cranny with smart, multifunctional furniture solutions.

We hope you've been inspired on how to decorate a small hallway, tips on how to create space in your hallway and inspiration to create a welcoming hallway!

Photography: @catarinaeldana, @picsbyellen, @moeofsweden, @our_home_living, @wohnfuehlen_mit_stil, @hemmahosfalk, @hannesmauritzson, KORBO, Essem Design, ferm LIVING, HAY

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