Hallway Design - How to Make a Welcoming Entrance

The hallway is all too often a forgotten space in our homes when it comes to design. It’s a transition space first and foremost and takes a lot of knocks and scrapes in today’s frenetic lives. But it’s also the first room that visitors see and should set the scene for what’s to follow. Four of Neptune’s home designers share their interiors insight on how to make your entryway as warm and welcoming as it is functional. Including everything from wet wellington boots to somewhere to check your reflection before you rush out of the door…

Keswick Large Console Table £910, Longton Lamp Base £105, Oliver shade in Warm White from £17, Garrick Chandelier £375. All Neptune.

Keswick Large Console Table £910, Longton Lamp Base £105, Oliver shade in Warm White from £17, Garrick Chandelier £375. All Neptune.

Let lighting draw the eye – [George Miller, Home Designer at Neptune Fulham]

“When you arrive home, opening your front door should be a sort of restorative ritual. Lighting can really help here. In this period property hallway, the dropped height of the Garrick chandelier leads your eye towards the staircase which makes a hallway appear larger as well as reminding you that your bed is never too far away! One light source in a room is never enough – layered lighting is what you’re looking to achieve – so a console table lamp adds a lower level of soft, ambient light which creates a soothing first impression day after day.”

Shay Rustic Oak Painted Console, £249.99. Oak Furniture Land

Shay Rustic Oak Painted Console, £249.99. Oak Furniture Land

Add warmth underfoot – [Laura Stainer, Home Designer at Neptune Chichester]

“I’m a big advocator of fitting in a hallway rug because it gives that instant sense of comfort. Not every home has enough room for a little armchair or bench, so it’s important to seek out other ways to make sure the space feels comfortable. After all, this is likely to be the first place that greets you day-in, day-out and it sets the tone for the rest of your home too. The bigger the rug, the better – a rule to live by in every room. And if you’re after pure practicality, think about natural weave rugs like jute.”

Turnberry Console £465, Somerton Log Basket £51, Corinium Pot £230, Shaftesbury Lamp with Lucile Shade £143, Caledonia Print Scottish Hills Print £115. All Neptune.

Turnberry Console £465, Somerton Log Basket £51, Corinium Pot £230, Shaftesbury Lamp with Lucile Shade £143, Caledonia Print Scottish Hills Print £115. All Neptune.

Favour functional flooring – [Kate Franklin, Home Designer at Neptune York]

“Nobody wants to be taking off their shoes on the doorstep for fear of marking a cream carpet or perfectly presented wooden floor. Your hallway floor will serve you best when it’s one that can take the pawprints and the raindrops from your umbrella. Tumbled flagstones, textured timber planks and even terracotta brick are all worthy contenders. Better still when they work with underfloor heating.”

Offcut Art Decor Flooring, £42.95 per sqm. Lifestyle Floors

Offcut Art Decor Flooring, £42.95 per sqm. Lifestyle Floors

Make room for storage and styling – [Kate Bradley, Home Designer at Neptune Edgbaston]

“Peg coat racks, baskets and console tables are all a hallway’s best friend. Even if your hallway is spacious, go for a slimmer design if you can so it doesn’t encroach too heavily on floor space, but one that’s longer so you can spread the contents across it without it appearing too cluttered. A good mix of decorative (like a vase, lamp and piece of art) and functional (a mirror and a bowl for keys and loose change) will achieve a happy balance.”

Stockists

https://www.neptune.com/

https://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk/

https://www.lifestyle-floors.co.uk/