Hallway Makeover Ideas That Will Make Your Home Rock

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Very often, hallways are the forgotten rooms of our homes. They’re just a transit area that takes us from the front door to the living room or kitchen – and not much more than that. 

But that’s a shame. Hallways have massive potential. And they can totally change how you feel in your home. 

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some hallway makeover ideas that totally rock. Check them out below. 

Choose A Paint Colour That Sets The Mood

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When it comes to hallways, you can afford to be a little bold. People don’t spend a long time in them, so any decor should make an immediate impact. Don’t wait until you get into the main reception rooms. Things like multi-coloured tile patterning on the floor and moody, black-painted walls can all help set the tone. 

Implement A Statement Piece

Next, you’ll want to implement a statement piece – something that really stands out from the rest of the room. Marble console tables are a great idea here. They’re slim enough to provide plenty of walk space. But they’re also stylish enough to really get people talking. 

Statement pieces make a lot of difference to how your hallway feels. The room feels “full” and “bold” at the same time as practical and convenient. 

Get Your Lighting Sorted

As with paint colour, your hallway is also an opportunity for you to experiment with lighting options. Yes – you can stick with regular spotlights. But many designers swear by hanging light shades that create a mellower atmosphere. Remember, spotlights can make the lighting in your property feel a little harsh at times. So if you’re somebody who is a little sensitive to bright lights, you might want to avoid this typical setup. 

Accessorise Your Hallway

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Many homeowners have a habit of leaving their hallways bare, but that’s a missed opportunity. After all, there’s fundamentally no reason why you can’t accessorise your hallway with paintings and vases. They look just as great here as anywhere else. 

If you want storage space in your hallway, just add hooks to the wall. This way, you have somewhere you can quickly hang your hats, coats and face masks when you get in. 

Choose Neutral Tones For A Lighter Hallway

Sometimes, hallways can feel a little dingy, especially if there are no windows. The way to deal with this is to use as many neutral tones as possible. White-painted walls will reflect any natural or artificial light entering the space, helping to lighten the entire volume. You can also try things like laying light rugs, placing neutral side tales and even using mirrors. For extra reflectivity, paint your radiators white. 

Embrace Maximalist Designs

Maximalist designs are a response to minimalism. It’s the idea that you can still enjoy your environment, even if it is teeming with interesting patterns. 

If your stairs run alongside your hallway, you can experiment with bold maximalist wallpaper on the adjoining wall, next to the cupboard underneath. Choose a bold print with a dark scheme to contrast with the rest of the space. 

 

Using Integrated Downlights to renovate your home lighting

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One of the most common mistakes people make with interior design is overlooking the importance of lighting a space. Lighting can be used to create height and depth in any given space as well as helping to draw attention to accents. Good lighting is essential to truly creating a modern & inviting feel in your home.

Integrated Downlights for Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home and there are many ways to can go about lighting this room to accentuate a modern design. Installing Integrated Downlights into the ceiling is a great way to add a modern flair to the kitchen. These spotlights are sold as one complete unit with the bulb being part of the downlight. With LED bulbs, these can last up to 15,000 hours so will not need replacing for a long time.

Integrated downlights come as on complete unit so you need to decide what bezel and colour temperature you need to find the right one. For most people, Warm White or Cool White will work best in the kitchen.

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If you’re planning on installing these lights above the stove where boiling posts are likely then you need to make sure they’re installed fully flush but that you’re choosing a downlight that is rated for that environment. What are most commonly known as “Bathroom Zones” will help you work out which downlights can be used in which environments. Anything that can be used in Zone 1-3 is perfect for the kitchen. Anything that is not IP rated should be avoided as these will not be suited to moisture rich environments such as kitchens.

Another thing to keep in mind is the beam angle of the downlight. Lamps with small beam angles are great for creating a tight beam of light that is ideal for spotlighting. Integrated Downlights like this one from Collingwood with wider beam angles are designed to be installed in the ceiling to light the whole room. Depending on the size of your room depends on how you want to arrange these. Going for fewer lamps with a wider beam angle will be the best option for many homes.

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Sometimes known as Architectural Lighting, integrated downlights are mostly hidden from view as the terminals are installed directly into the ceiling cavity. They’re the perfect way to get a minimal, modern style into your Kitchen to give a new atmosphere quicker and cheaper than you might expect.

 

 

 

5 Decor Tips for Renters

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Interior decorating can be tricky when you are renting a house. You have to make sure the landlord is happy with any major changes to the house. It is usually best to let the landlord or letting agency know in advance the sort of interior changes you would be making and get them approved. That way there are no surprises or confusion.

Many landlords prefer their property decor staying as it is for every tenant since many tenants opt for only a short let contract. The hassle of letting the tenants change the decor every time is usually not worth the time and it could affect their landlord insurance, which will lead to them having to compare landlord insurance with various providers to get the best deal. However, that does not mean you can’t add a personal touch to your rented home.

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Here are 5 easy and cheap decor tips for renters –

Make use of decals

Vinyl wall decals are great for renters because they are easy to put up and they come off easily without damaging the wall. You can go all out and decorate your walls with vinyl decals if you like. There are various designs available for every room. You can also use decals on your floor if you are not keen on the flooring in the house. There are loads of designs available for floors.

Paint the walls

If you are not a fan of wallpaper, you could paint the walls. This will definitely need to be approved by the landlord. You would likely have to paint the walls back to the original shade once your tenancy is over, so do have this in mind. It might be easier to just paint small areas on the walls to create a different look rather than painting the entire wall. A quick look at Pinterest will definitely give you loads of ideas.

Add some plants

Plants have a way of adding life and beauty to any space. They are cheap and easy to care for. If you are wondering how to make a house feel more like a home, my advice is to get some indoor plants. The mood of the house will change for the better.

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Invest in soft furnishing

Cushions and throws have the power to add some colour to a dull space. You can wake up a room with some beautiful soft cushions and you can add some life to your bedroom furniture with a stunning throw. If you are working with a tight budget, updating the soft furniture may be the best option for you.

Grab some rugs

If your rented home is carpeted, you can grab a stunning rug to add some beauty to the carpet. Rugs are easy to set up and take away when your tenancy is over. Rugs also protect the carpet from general wear and tear.

What do you think of these 5 decor tips for renters? Do you have a tried and tested decor tip to share? Please sound off in the comments. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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