How to Maximise Your Small Hallway


It was time to spruce up and make the most of my hallway. Here are a couple of tips I used to add interest and maximise the space, creating a bright functional entrance to my home.

Time to lighten up


Hallways often lack windows so it was important to be practical about how I could reflect light around my small space. It was not practical to add floor or table lamps to the area so to add interest I used this mirror, which is a classic way to reflect light around the space.  This mirror also makes an optical illusion opening up the space making the area look brighter and lighter. 

Utilise the space


This bench is a lifesaver for my hallway; its perfect for hiding shoes and visually lengthens the space. The pull out baskets makes it easy to put away shoes and avoids clutter in the entranceway.  This clever use of furniture also provides the perfect seating for putting on shoes.

Add warmth


I found decorating the bench with these cushions adds some much needed warmth and an additional cosy seating area. These cushions with their bright design adds an interesting décor as well as making the process of removing and putting my shoes on comfortable.


Hang interesting art


This picture fits perfectly in the hallway. I brought it from a trip in Jamaica many years ago and I love how it gives a glimpse into our heritage with a story behind it. I chose a black frame to reflect the diversity of light colours on the walls and grey tones on the stairs.


I love a runner

I made a feature of the stairs by using a herringbone-patterned runner to open up the space. The contrast of the carpet against the white painted staircase draws the eyes up to the landing, creating an airy illusion.


Add a flower to finish


Spring is here and these daffodils add a bright decorative touch to the hallway. Whether you have a large hallway or just a ledge for a small plant pot, you can still be creative with the decorative possibilities. You can also change the individual plant or flower according to your mood, the season or colour aspiration.