When you walk into someone’s home, you get a feeling of how the whole home is just from the hallway. Halls can be wonderful spaces, whatever size they are. Here’s how to make yours more inviting.
If you have a large hallway you can use it like an extra reception room. You may decide to have some seating in there, and perhaps you could include one of the many sideboards that are now available. A console table is a handy occasional piece of furniture for a hall – and many people have a phone located on one of these in the hall.
With a small hall, the most important thing is to avoid a cluttered feel. You can do this by choosing appropriate décor and furnishings to make it warm and welcoming.
You’ll need some great storage solutions. Most important is a shoe rack that you can put a decent number of shoes in and that doesn’t take up too much space. Wall mounted shoe racks are good as they are usually quite narrow in depth. You’ll also need somewhere to store the family’s coats in or near the hallway. If you have an under stairs cupboard, this can be ideal. If you need to put the coat rack on the wall, make sure it’s not immediately inside the door, as this reduces the amount of space you have for people to come in and out without having to squeeze past a bundle of coats.
Halls can be a little dark due to the lack of natural daylight. Choosing some good lighting to have fixed to the wall will work wonders for a dark hallway, as does the addition of a beautiful framed mirror, which will not only provide you with somewhere to check your look as you leave the house, but also will reflect the light you have in the hall.
We all use mirrors practically every day. When we groom ourselves we want to be able to see how we will look to others. But few of us realize that mirrors can be useful for far more than just that. They can be used to make a small building or room look bigger—which is great news for the homeowner who has the misfortune to be claustrophobic. Let us look more closely at how this is the case.
1) How it works
The precise effect that a mirror or combination of mirrors will have on the appearance of the room depend on two factors—how large they are and where they are placed in relation to each other. Using mirrors to create the illusion of wide open spaces in a small room is therefore a science that takes a good deal of experience in order to get it right. The way mirrors make a room look large is by reflecting the light, so a mirror placed just above a fireplace will serve that purpose well. You can put up a series of mirrors lining both sides of your hallway to make it look larger, which you might want to do as hallways can be among the most notoriously confining of all the spaces in a house. Another way of arranging things is to have a mirror between two windows on the same or adjacent walls, which can also add depth. In the kitchen, a mirror can create a more cheerful atmosphere if it is placed behind a stove, which is one of the darkest parts of the house.
How many mirrors you include in a given room will depend on the overall effect that you are aiming to achieve. In a bedroom you can never have “too many“ mirrors and if it is small and crowded you will have an incentive to include as many as you can fit in. An appearance of spaciousness can be created with the mirrors on the doors of an armoire-style wardrobe.
There are also a few tricks that you can try. For instance you can place a long mirror on its longer side to make a wall look longer than it is. Other great places to put mirrors include:
·Near the table in your dining room—This arrangement can keep the lights soft and bright at the same time. You can see this effect in many restaurants.
·On the front of a cabinet—Mirrored tiles can be placed here, either at the top or the bottom or both. The effects will be marvelous however you arrange them.
·Behind a group of furnishings—This is a technique that will work especially well with a floor length mirror, which has a way of leading the eye all over the room as well as of providing light.
2) Utilizing the proportions of a room
The ratios between a room’s length, width and height can be taken into consideration to produce a variety of effects. If the room is “boxy” and has white walls, for instance, you can place a mirror in a place where it will reflect those walls, adding light and creating an impression of roominess. This arrangement also plays down the angular appearance of the room.
3) Other spacial effects that can be produced with mirrors
Mirrors can have other effects in addition to increasing the apparent size of a room. They can be used to accentuate certain key features in it. If a mirror is placed opposite a prominent object such as a sculpture or a painting, that object will be “shown off” a second time. Similarly the light from a beautiful ceiling lamp or chandelier can be multiplied by its reflection. Smaller mirrors can be placed near large ones to create space without weighing things down.
Mirrors can really do a great deal to improve the overall appearance of the rooms in which they are placed. It can make a world of difference in how both you and your guests feel when they enter. Besides they can themselves be a form of decoration, as you can see by the often elaborate borders they have around the glass.
Katelyn Roberts is a frequent contributor for NetQin, helping couples explore ne woptions for their new lives.
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