Most people think that a hallway is not a vista point in the home but it really is. It is a hidden part of the house and it really speaks volumes. People will tour a house before they make an offer on the house. There are certain strategic features that people notice that could influence their decision to purchase a house or not. Rooms, furniture, cabinets, bathroom tile, etc is what people are looking for. The homebuilder, flipper, or homeowner needs to be aware of what home selling trends are currently popular. The homeowner needs to make as many adjustments in their home to fit the selling trends.
This brings us to a discussion about the hallways that need to be made more attractive to the point they will be a hot selling point in the home. There are many variations that a homeowner can implement in their homes to make it more appealing to buyers. In fact, without dramatizing the hallway can actually sell the house. You can imagine asking the homeowner what about the house did you like that you wanted to make it your own? They may answer “it was the hallway.”
Let’s discuss some revolutionary ideas that can dramatically improve the interior of your house.
The hallway is one of the most used rooms in the home. Everyday all day long we walk up and down our hallways. We see them all the time so we might as well spruce them up so they look beautiful to the eye. We walk to different parts of the house through the hallway and we want the hallway to look beautiful but it must be functional at the same time.
Natural Wooden Flooring
Run some natural dark or light wooden flooring throughout the hallway. Be sure you stain and shine the hallway floors so they look nice. But make sure you make the floors streak, scuff proof. There is heavy foot traffic through the hallway so the wooden floors must be nice-looking but durable. If you run wooden planks through the hallway be sure to run them into the adjoining rooms so the house looks larger. Also, run the wooden flooring away from the doors to make the hallway look more spacious.
Dramatize the Hallway with Tiles
Many times people will either put setting tiles down in their hallways as a low priority or they do not think about lying tiles down in the hallway at all. But if you do lay tiles down in the hallway you can really make the hallway look splendid. But do not lay down a common or boring pattern of tiles in the hallway. Your family will get weary seeing that tile every day as they walk down the hallway. So, give them a treat and put an exotic and eye-popping pattern down so the family will never grow tired of the tile. Another factor to consider is when you sell the house that dramatic looking tile could very well sell the house. Yes, sell the house so you need to be very sensitive and selective of how you design your hallway. You may consider using the London Funk Wave tile pattern.
Opulent that Hallway
This is one sure way to make people think then say “wow!” every time. You can strategically place furniture in the hallway to really make it pop. Try placing a yellow gold table in your hallway it will really make a grand statement to visitors and potential homebuyers. If you cannot swing the original table then get a less expensive piece or use the table you already have and paint it yellow gold. If you do a swell paint job no one will ever know it is not an original piece. Setting opulent furniture in the hallway is a lost art. It can be a very inexpensive way to make your hallway look fabulous.
Storage that Hallway
If you have storage area problems, in other words, if you do not have enough storage room then build a storage area in the hallway from the floor to the ceiling. It does not have to take up the whole hallway but maybe a part of the hallway. You can build drawers to hold all kinds of things such as shoes, towels, hats, bags, umbrellas and the list goes on. You can even give it a historical look by building in pull-down style American mailboxes. This way you can take all these items and store them out of the way. You and no one else will know the items are even in the house.
Keep the Hallway Clean
Entryways and hallways are heavily traveled areas in the home. The last thing you want is to have muddied and wet hallways. Needless to say that it could cause someone or a family member to slip and fall. This could happen if the hallways are wet and slippery. Simple fix just gets a mat to keep the dirty shoes from leaving trails on the hallway floors. Put a rubber one on the outside and a coir one on the inside.
But put a nice-looking coir one on the inside to make the hallway or entryway look inviting. It is an inexpensive way to spruce up the hallway. Believe it or not, it may even cause the house to be sold. You would be surprised at what will sell your house. The little things can make or break the deal.
Tuck a Bench in There
This is a decorative fix that not many people think about. In the hallway where there is a little crevice or space place a little bench there. You can paint it a nice color that will make it stand out in the hallway and it will give the wow-factor to the hallway. One little bench can make a world of difference in the hallway. It can be used to sit on to put your shoes on or it could be a little reading station for someone.
Whether you are a sentimental person or not this decorative idea will be a nice addition in your hallway but it will also give you and friends an emotional uplift every time you walk out the door or in the door. Every morning when you walk out the door for work, church, or recreation you can look up and see those uplifting messages on the hallway walls.
Put some of your favorite sayings, pictures, or memories like photographs on the hallway wall. Looking at those sentimental pictures will give you hope and make you feel better as you go out to face the world. Need a pickup from a hard day of work? Look at your favorite things hanging on the wall and away goes your depression, fatigue and hopelessness.
One More Room
This is an unusual use of a hallway and is not commonplace in homes. This is to turn the hallway into a small-sized room. Do this by adding a lamp and a chair in the hallway and you have an extra wide-open room. There will be no privacy in this hallway room. You will be out in the open with no privacy whatsoever. Ideally, you can squeeze an armchair and a small sideboard in the hallway. Typically, people set shoes, boots and coats on a hanger in the hallway. This would be an innovative use of the hallway.
A Hallway Office
Pu the space under the stairs to the best use you can. Don’t just stuff vacuum cleaners and brooms under the space under the stairs. If you can set a chair in the space and you can walk behind it you have enough room to build a desk. Build a desk in the space, put a couple of chairs, in the desk–if they will–fit and you’re under the stairs/hallway room is set. Remember, though you will have a lot of foot traffic flowing through that space.
So, there will not be a lot of privacy but it will serve a very practical function in the home. You can decorate the desk so it will stand out under the stairs in the hallway. It could be a good future selling point. It could even sell the house.
Hallways tend to be dark so you can place some reflective furniture in the hallway and lighten it up. The hallways are narrow and they may not contain a window. So, the reflective furniture will reflect any incoming light and lighten up the hallway. If you choose a unit that you can hang in the hallway you can create more space by keeping it open under the unit.
Plant up the Hallway
Don’t waste hallway space by just dumping your shoes and umbrellas or boots in the space. You can put some potted plants in the hallway and really brighten the space. You can come home to some very cheery plants in your hallway. The plants will brighten the whole hallway and you can even hang some of your favorite pictures on the hallway wall. It will change the whole appearance of the hallway. It may even sell the house.
Neutralize the Hallway
You can neutralize the hallway by painting it in light, neutral colors and pastels. It will open up the hallway and may even make it look larger than it really is. You can set a quirt, relaxing tone by painting the hallway these quiet colors and maybe put up a couple of neutral images on the wall. This may or may not help to sell the house but this may not be your main priority. If not then you can make a quiet statement in the hallway with these neutral and quiet gray colors. These shades will not be overpowering or loud but they will be calm and reflective colors.
A hallway is a place where people or children will play football because it is set up just like a football field. The best type of floor is a hard wearing floor like porcelain tiles because they are very durable and they are easy to clean. They will last for years and they can stand up to the hard wear that always occurs in hallways. The porcelain has a natural looking finish and it looks very appealing. It can stand up to the hardest of wear. It will look amazing while being practical.
We all receive emails and posts by the tons on a daily basis. Usually the paper posts are paper ones like the bills that come to every household. The bills have to be paid and they must be kept in a place where you can easily access them. Why not put a desk in the hallway and put a little basket on the desk to keep the bills in. Get a basket that will match the desk because you need to keep those bills in a secure place. You don’t want the dog to chew them up or have them get lost in the trash. This will not be a selling point for the house but it will serve a practical purpose to keep the bills in a specific place.
Carpetize that Hallway
If you are not thrilled to carpet the main areas of your home then lay down carpet in the hallway. It is a known fact that carpet is making a come back these days. So, get a carpet that will make a bold statement in your hallway that says “Walk down me and enjoy my space”. You do not have to carpet your whole house especially if you have an aversion to the carpet. Try it in the hallway and see what you think about it. Get an eye-popping carpet pattern that will catch people’s attention as soon as they walk into the house.
There may be redundant space under the stairs. Don’t let that space got unused but put it to good use. First, tear down the stud wall and turn it into a stud wall. Next, fit shelving into space and lay down a complementing rug and put two low-slung chairs in front of the shelves. You may not be able to stand in the place but you can enjoy sitting in the chairs and have a nice chat with a spouse, family member, or friend. It can be a cozy corner and a nice addition to the hallway. Spruce up that empty space and turn it into a beautiful space.
The classic look is a time enduring look that will still turn heads. The classic hallway look will beautify any hallway. In the corner of the hallway stick an elegant hat stand, shoe cupboard, and a storage bench with some baskets inserted into it.
This is a simple but profound fix for the hallway. If your hallway has many doors why not paint them all. Don’t paint them in the standard boring colors but paint it in a bright hue. A very bright hue will be alright to paint on the doors as well. The brightly-colored doors will really make the hallway stand out and make sure you add furniture that will not overwhelm the hues you painted on the doors. Mix it up!
Put the trinkets in the hallway and no better place to put them in. For instance, you can put antiques and collectibles in the hallway. You may want to put a shelf on the wall to put the collectibles on if you have small children in your home. You can put on a retro phone on an antique table. You can put a bench in the hallway and sit on it and chat on your phone. Make your hallway look historical and beautifully antiquated.
Slimline Mirrors Anyone
Spruce up your hallway with a slimline mirror. You are rushing out the door or casually walking out the door. You can take one last look at your hair or makeup or hat. Even put a handheld mirror in the drawer under the mirror and pull it out too. Look at the back of your donas well. The mirror may even reflect natural light through the hallway. Lighting the whole hallway and possibly the house.
Let the Light in
You can put windows on the side of the door and above the door if you can fit them. Of course we are talking about doors that are in hallways. This way the natural light can flood in and make the room look a lot bigger. You can even put windows in small hallways and lighten them up as well too. The small hallways can be dark as well.