Finding the Perfect Furniture Partner for Your Entrance
The key piece in a hallway has to tick a lot of boxes, but we have them all covered…
A longer hallway can provide scope for a restful nook by a window – a place to sit in the sun. This built-in window seat serves as a ‘pause’ in a sequence of doorways, creating a space that’s almost a room in its own right.
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Pick an update of the traditional hallway console for a strong look. This reflective slimline unit on trestles works as a place to display glassware rather than as a workaday piece of furniture, and makes a strong decorative statement.
This florid console and mirror convey regal splendour, but the deep blue wall plays an important part. By all means go for intricately carved pieces to add interest to an empty hallway, but don’t underestimate the power of a dramatic backdrop for really showcasing them.
A glass or Perspex console works wonders for keeping a space open and flowing. This piece complements the high-gloss flooring, as well as adding to an open-plan feel.
In a narrow hallway, built-in shelving is a great solution. Take it as high as you like for books and everyday bits and bobs. This set of shelving in warm timber blends beautifully with the flooring for a light, bright and organised feel.
Most Victorian and Edwardian hallways have very little space to play with, so it really pays to go super skinny with your furniture. This console has a large mirror above it, which makes it feel more substantial, yet it takes up very little room.
Sculptures add an interesting element to this hallway, and the boxy plinths help them make their point. The symmetry of the two displays feels classic and dignified, especially in this muted monochrome palette.
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This console subtly pulls together a black and white scheme, mirroring the dark ceiling and patterned floor. If you have beautiful hallway tiles, use them as your key colours, picking furniture and fittings that will blend with them, rather than clash with their shapes and shades.
For a special occasion, a row of hurricane lanterns makes a stunning display. Lead guests to the party with a candlelit trail (while keeping a watchful eye on the flames…). Why not keep them as a permanent fixture – they would look almost as inspired unlit?
This Ercol loveseat with its elegant shape and row of beautifully turned spindles makes a graphic centrepiece in a square hallway. Unadorned by cushions, a piece like this casts beautiful shadows against a plain wall. Useful as well as good looking, it is just the right place for putting on and taking off shoes.
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