Though a hall may take up very little space in your home, it is the first place your visitors are going to notice, so it is a good idea to decorate it in a tasteful manner to make an awesome first impression. You should choose the attractive color combinations, furniture and decorative items to highlight the hall. Here are some tips on how to decorate a hall.
- The first thing to do before painting your hall, is deciding whether you want to add any decorative molding to your hall, around doors, windows and high up on the walls.If you plan to put up pictures, you can use a neat line of picture rail molding to hang your paintings and photographs. Decorative molding will add a touch of old fashioned elegance to your hall.
- Select a neutral or pale pastel color of paint for the walls of your hall. White or cream colors are best suited for small or narrow halls because they create an illusion of space by brightening up the room and reflecting light. However, shades like beige, light grey, pale pink, pale green and pale blue would also do very nicely.
- If you have a large hall, you can choose any color scheme you like. To give your hall a warm and cozy look, you can choose colors like red, brown and mauve. If you wish to create a contemporary look for your hall, you can go for color combinations like black, white and charcoal grey. Select nice serviceable tiles for your flooring. Alternatively, you can use wall-to-wall carpeting or thick rugs to increase the comfort levels of your hall.
- Paint the ceilings of your hall in white to make the ceiling appear higher than it actually is. You can go for a darker colored ceiling if you have a big hall. The next step in decorating a hall is painting the doors and windows in a neutral shade. If the doors and windows blend in with the walls, it will give your hall a roomier feel.
- It is important to have adequate lighting in the hall. No one likes to enter a gloomy looking hall, so put up as many light fixtures as taste allows. Using overhead lighting fixtures in your hall ceiling is an excellent idea. Small decorative wall sconces will be practical, and at the same time heighten the attractive appeal of your hall.
- If you have a lot of space, you can put up decorative standing lamps and table lamps to create a bright and airy hall. Hang some nice cream or white colored curtains on the windows, or better yet leave window panes uncovered for a light and spacious look. Put up some nice framed paintings or photographs on the walls. If you have a small hall, it would be best to use small sized paintings with matching frames to line the walls of your hall.
- If you have enough room, place a closet to hang coats and store shoes in your hall. If there is lack of space, go with pegs or wall hooks for coats and hats, and hanging shelves and narrow tables for other practical purposes. You can also use things such as decorative umbrella stands or hat stands to give your hall a functional yet charming atmosphere. For large halls, you may be able to add more furniture like armchairs, couches, and other decorative items.
Tips and Warnings
- Bear in mind that a hall should be welcoming. A cluttered or cramped hall will look uninviting and untidy.
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