During the festive period, hallways can often get neglected since they are rarely allocated decorations of their own, however, since these busy throughfares are important spaces for you and any visitors over the Christmas period we have come up with a few ideas on how to bring your hallway to life.
Since your entrance hall and hallway might be the first part of your home that people will see as they walk in, you’ll want to impress them with a dramatic display. Nothing shouts magical winter wonderland louder than a walkway of mood lighting. Hanging warm white curtain lights on the outer side of your staircase is a great way to create a cosy ‘grotto’ like feel, while using a cooler bright white tone can recreate the look of a snowy winter wonderland. Any shelves or console tables will also look great when decorated with battery operated candles and scattered with fairy lights, especially when placed in front of mirrors to intensify the look.
Wreaths are most commonly placed on the outside of front doors where people in the street can gaze upon and compare the style and effort from each household, however, did you know that wreaths can also make great indoor decorations? Hang wreaths on the inside of your front door and any other statement doors in your home to shift the attention towards your festive hallway and welcome people into your home with Christmas spirit. Alternatively, you could hang smaller wreaths from your staircase or add them to the top of mirrors and windows, since they have a sophisticated and traditional look that can be customised and made to fit in almost anywhere in your home.
There Can Never be Too Many Trees…
Most households in the UK now have two Christmas trees to showcase, with one usually being the sophisticated version, complete with tasteful decorations and another that the children can let their creative minds run wild with, featuring crafted decorations and a mish mash of colours.
This is great for extending the Christmas spirit throughout the home, however, adding one more tree surely wouldn’t hurt.
Christmas trees are a great way to decorate any space for the festive period and luckily enough, look particularly great in hallways. There are many different kinds of trees to tie in with the theme of any home, such as table top trees, artificial twig trees, or even real trees. Nevertheless, the tree that you choose doesn’t need to be as extravagantly decorated as the one in your living room since they can look great with minimal decorations such as fairy lights and clusters of miniature baubles.
Use Those Stairs
If you have ever wondered what the secondary purpose of your staircase might be then you can wonder no more. Staircases are perfect for hanging Christmas decorations! In fact, you could hang just about any decoration from this ideal spot, although Christmas bunting, homemade decorations, and garlands look particularly great as a festive symbol as people enter your home.
Don’t be afraid of going too over the top with staircase decorations since the display will often be the first that people see as they walk into your home, creating a dramatic focal point that sets the scene for the rest of your Christmas decorations. Garlands are a great way to decorate a staircase since they can either weave through the bannisters or run the length of the handrail, displaying all kinds of decorations from lights and baubles, to picks and natural foliage.
Along with the previous hallway decorating ideas you could also try some smaller touches that add Christmas vibes but keep the cost and hassle at a minimum. Firstly, try giving Christmassy scents a go. Choose fresh and natural scents by placing flowers such as roses and white chrysanthemums in the hallway, and even include herbs such as rosemary which symbolises health and happiness for the coming year. Alternatively, there are a lot of Christmassy scented candles and diffusers on the market now so why not take advantage of these and hit your guests with the Christmas feeling as soon as they walk through the door.
If your light fittings allow then another nice touch is to hang decorations from them using ribbons and baubles, or perhaps icicles which always look great with light reflecting off them! If you admire the traditional style, then use paper chains to create a festive garland that can hang from the walls or attach foil decorations to your ceiling to lead guests into the common areas.
There are multiple ways in which you can add some Christmas spirit to your hallway, and these are just a few ideas to inspire you in case you’re at a loss for what to do with your naked hallway. Enjoy getting creative and making a showstopping walkway that you and all of your Christmas guests can admire.