TimelessTransitional Entrance, London
An elegant contemporary interpretation of traditional hand-painted style, with a fresh yet sophisticated feel, classic proportions and modern powerhouse equipment
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
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Harness country styleThere’s something both pleasingly rustic and visually soothing about this neatly planned hallway. A large cupboard, painted the same shade as the wall behind, provides plenty of shoe and coat storage, taking the bulk of the clutter and allowing just a few everyday pieces to be hung decoratively from the peg rail along the wall.A deep, padded bench offers a comfortable perch for pulling off boots and layers, while wicker baskets below offer extra storage and chime nicely with the wooden shelf above. A woven basket and a couple more large wicker boxes on the shelf tidy away any extra items.
Organise the hallwayA wooden peg rail is the ideal storage system for a hallway, particularly if it has a ledge on top like this one. The simple hooks provide space for coats and bags, while the shelf holds baskets for hats, gloves and scarves. The beauty of a simple peg rail is that you should be able to find one that fits in the area available. Here, the wooden strip slots snugly in the recess, making the most of every inch of space.Is this item the unsung hero of interiors
Sort your scarvesYou can also expect extra scarves, hats and gloves, so sort through the family’s stash first. Midwinter is a great time to assess which of these outerwear accessories you actually use and which could be donated. Don’t throw anything out yet, though – hang on to spare items while your visitors are staying in case they need to borrow anything. Locate a basket of cosy essentials near the door for those visitors who realise they’ve forgotten to pack their own as they’re heading out for a walk.
Choose a bench with storageA low bench is a good idea in a hallway as a perch for pulling on shoes and boots, but don’t waste the space underneath. By choosing a seat with integrated storage, like this one, you’ll maximise every last drop of floor space, creating a place to neatly tuck outdoor wear.If built-in storage isn’t possible, then it’s easy to just tuck a few large baskets underneath an existing bench for stashing hats, gloves and shoes.
Organise the hallThe key to planning a successful hallway is to make sure you create a solution for common clutter problems, such as coats, bags and shoes. Easy access is the key to getting everyone to put their stuff away. If you like to have items on display, then consider a Shaker-style peg rail with a open shelf above. Built-in storage, such as a bench like this, provides space for a handy basket in which each member of the family can dump their clutter, while a tall cabinet is useful for bulky items, such as winter coats, walking shoes and wellies.