Whether we're kicking off muddy shoes or flinging wet coats against the walls, our hallways get a lot of abuse. As part of the Real Homes Show, we asked interior design expert Sian Astley to share the three interior design trends that will help you transform a tired hallway in 2020.
'Your hallway is the perfect place to wow guests when they enter your home,' says Sian. 'You need to create a welcoming space that looks great but can also cope with the demands of modern life. Here are three key trends for 2020 that are both practical and pretty.'
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1. Choose hidden storage
I work on the BBC show Your Home Made Perfect and we’ve seen lots of homeowners fed up with messy hallways full of coats and shoes who want useful storage that is also unfussy and clever.
Before you start looking at storage options, you need to measure the space you have and decide exactly what you want to store. Do you want pegs at different heights for adults and children? Are you willing to only have seasonal items in the hallway and store everything else in plastic boxes in the garage or loft?
Many people are opting for bespoke storage either by contacting a joiner or using MDF or plywood to build recessed, under-stairs or other fitted storage. If you want to save money, buy off-the-shelf storage from somewhere like Ikea and then clad around it to make it look bespoke.
Check out guide for loads more ways to clear hallway clutter.
2. Be bold and adventurous
The second trend we’re seeing is being bold and adventurous...hallways don’t have to be boring! Patterned floor tiles are a great option as they’re practical for dirty shoes, and offer a modern twist on traditional style. Tie the pattern you choose in with your overall interior design, but go a step braver that you normally would.
And don’t forget your stairs – a runner with a spot or stripe pattern will look great, and you can sand or paint the remainder of the staircase, which will help keep costs down.
Need more ideas? Take a look at our guide to hallway colour schemes.
3. Display your artwork
The final trend that’s not going anywhere is displaying gorgeous artwork. We’ve got Instagram queen Lisa Dawson to thank for the gallery wall, and it’s just as popular as ever. Mix up the shapes and sizes of frame you choose, combining graphic slogans, photographs and prints.
I like to buy artwork from makers markets and secondhand fairs and then have it framed locally, but you can get cheap prints from online retailers like King & McGaw, and bargain frames from Ikea or Wilko.
You can even frame postcards or wallpaper – if you love it, display it. And make sure you check out Muck & Brass’ innovative spray-painted art – you could DIY your own. But please don’t accidentally spray anything expensive!!