DIY : TACKLING TRICKY OR TINY HALLWAYS – Distinctify – Medium
The green eyed interior monster seems to have made its return. Months ago I found myself seething at the sight of someone’s beautiful bathroom complete with a roll-top tub, last year I became overcome with jealousy at the mere mention of kitchen renovations. The trouble with renting is that I spend 90% of my day dreaming of all the things I want to do to my house, but unable to actually do anything about it because ultimately the house is not mine. My current fascination is entryways. I dream of a large Victorian foyer, with gorgeous patterned tiles and natural light streaming in. But I don’t have that. I have a narrow hallway with minimal lighting, the door leads straight to the foot of the stairs and none of it is mine to alter. On occasions, you’re required to get a little creative when you’re trying to bring life into the dead spaces in your home, when it’s technically not yours. Whether you’ve got a ginormous lobby, or a space just about big enough for a doormat there’s a way to make your entryway as much a part of your home as you are.
Interior designers could just as easily be referred to as magicians considering the amount of optical illusions they pull off in one space. One of their favourite tricks is to use mirrors to make a space appear bigger than it really is. The reflective properties not only bounce light around somewhat dark spaces like hallways and corridors, but they make the space appear double the size. Whilst full length mirrors are best for making a space look bigger, if your entryway is too small for that try arranging a sequence of smaller mirrors or a large horizontal mirror mounted to your wall for an equally impressive effect.
The most important feature of a hallway or entryway is a surface to throw your stuff onto when you get home because you’re too lazy to take it upstairs. Slim sideboards can function as a double whammy, if you’ve got the room for it. Not only do you get the benefit of shoe storage, but equally the tabletop is the perfect place for your bowl of keys to sit. House plants or flowers on top of the unit will also help to brighten and bring life to the space. Those of you renting a shoebox size studio in central London needn’t panic about your options for surfaces either. Console tables are slim and unobtrusive, provided you have a wall long enough to fit the width. And if you don’t, the Iris Console Table comes in a variety of tops and finishes and in a reduced size.
Rugs And Runners
If the foyer is supposed to be a window to the rest of your home, it’s worth considering how you want people to feel when they walk in. Homely, warm and welcoming is a good place to start. Rugs and runners provide a soft contrast to the hard outdoors. A woven pile is durable but not hard andunwelcoming. If your entryway is non-existent, with your door opening directly into your living space, a runner helps to separate it from the rest of the room. It allows you to create your own designated space as a lobby, a place to store outdoor clothing and shoes to stop it from taking over the rest of your home.
Entryways can be dark, especially if your house is located within an apartment block without an outward facing window. They can sometimes be so dark at night that a knock at the door has you convinced your life is about to end, despite the fact it’s highly unlikely a murder would knock… Larger foyer’s benefit from natural lighting, but if you need the pros of artificial lighting a table lamp atop your console is a great way to go. It also sets a warm and welcoming mood. Alternatively, hallways come in all shapes and sizes, so you may be left with some dead space that needs attention, more specifically attention from a warm glowing floor lamp.
Something I’ve learnt from having brothers, is that if you don’t explicitly create a designated place for coats, they will end up on the arm of every sofa and on the back of every single dining chair that you own. Coat hooks or a coat stand are imperative. They help to avoid clutter and to keep outdoor clothing within one specific area. Preferably, we’re inclined to lean towards wall fixed hooks as they sit horizontally against the walls and don’t obstruct the entryway, perfect if you’re short on space.