Hall Decor: Choosing Hall Furniture and Decor

Many people leave hall furniture till last, even though the hall is the first part of their home a visitor will see. Just as many ignore their hall decor, preferring to focus on the main rooms. First impressions count, or so they say. So why give your visitors a bad impression when it is so easy to astound them with a beautiful entrance. Perhaps you think the rest of your home could not compare with a wonderful hall. If so, then that's something else for you to work on. But first the hall!

The Entrance and Curb Appeal
Visitors might come through your front door straight into the hall, or you may have a separate entrance area first - then a glass door leading into the hall, or straight in with no door! Either way, lets' discuss the entrance area first.

Examine your front door. Does it look inviting or is it a bit tired? Perhaps a new coat of paint would freshen it up again or maybe even just a good scrub! How about your door furniture? Is that bright and shiny, or does the brass need a good rub up? Stand back to the curb and look at the entrance to your home. Is it inviting? Does it have good curb appeal? Imagine it was somebody else's home - what would you do to improve it?

Now the entrance area if there is one. Decor should be bright - white walls or at least a light color to make it look spacious and welcoming. Small areas look gloomy if decorated with dark walls. If there is room for a small table, use one - even if just a small semi-console. Put a nice bright vase of cut flowers on it, and a reed diffuser perhaps to give a nice smell - although the flowers might do that.

Hanging a mirror in an entrance area is a nice touch. Many people would like to check themselves over before entering your home, and a mirror will help them. It is a thoughtful thing to do. A mat over tiles is a good floor for an entrance area - but make sure it doesn't slip!

The Hallway
Now the hallway - this applies whether or not you have an initial entrance area. A lot depends on whether your hall is long, short, narrow or wide. A short hallway can be made to look longer by installing large mirror at the end. This will not only increase the apparent length of the hall but also reflect light when the front door is opened.

Narrow halls can be opened up by placing mirrors along its length. Most halls benefit from bright decor, such as white, off-white, or light paste shades. Solid primary colors tend to be overwhelming in small areas, and dark colors just make them gloomy. White or pastel walls, a light ceiling and darker sensible carpet or wood flooring will work. Pale hall carpets are impractical, unless you ask your guests to remove their footwear as the Japanese do.

You can then break up all that paleness with individual colorful accent pieces, such as pictures, bright lampshades, and colorful vases. There is an excellent selection of vases, lamps and mirrors for you to look at on the Patterson furniture website. Our range of Mica, Quoizel, Sedgefield and Theodore Alexander lamps are sure to have something you like. Check a selection of them out here later: http://www.pattersonfurniture.com/lamps.php

Hall Furniture
Console tables come in many shapes and sizes, but whichever design you choose select one with at least one drawer. Drawers are handy in a hall for items such pen and paper, particularly if you also use it as a telephone table. It also looks good if you hang a mirror above the table. You can keep a comb or brush in the drawer to tidy yourself up before going out. That's another thoughtful thing to do.

If you have the space, a loveseat or settle is a good way to offer occasional seating in a hall. It can be a fairly inexpensive item of hall furniture, but it can make a big difference to the look of your hallway. A corner curio cabinet at one end will give your guests something else to admire.

Patterson Furniture Design Services
There is a wide range of hall furniture available for your inspection from many of the American furniture companies featured on our Home Page. Alternatively, visit our showrooms at Lilburn and Roswell in Atlanta and see what we have in stock right now.

Once you have a beautiful entrance and hallway, you may feel the need to freshen up your living room or dining room. Here at Patterson Furniture, we can help with that also, and can offer the services of our design team to help you. Simply click on the Design Services link at the top of this page.

   
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