CREATE A WARM WELCOME THAT WILL LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION
First impressions are made quickly, from the moment a potential homebuyer arrives at the entrance to your property, progresses towards your front door and finally walks over the threshold. Making sure the hallway is as appealing as possible will be the first internal impression created so ensure this is a clutter free inviting space.
Hallways are often narrow and dark so create as much light as possible by removing fussy curtains from windows or keeping blinds fully open, let that natural light flood in! Use ambient lighting such as a table lamp popped on a sleek console table, modern LED recessed spotlighting, a contemporary or traditional flush or semi flush ceiling light fitting.
Mirrors or pictures?
Mirrors will bounce light around and create a feeling of space, but a few well selected landscape or family pictures can still find a place in your hallway, just avoid an entire family portrait galley which can be overpowering and make it difficult for homebuyers to see themselves in your home.
What colour should the hallway be?
Generally, a light wall colour will make a hallway look bright and airy and can be accessorised with a colourful lamp or vase of flowers- cream, chalk white or pale greys always work well. If you are lucky to have a period property with a large hallway you will be able to explore using darker vintage colours such as duck egg blue or sage, offset with bright white ceilings and trims. Painting wooden staircase spindles and panelling white will instantly brighten the space too, especially if contrasted against a darker colour wall.
If you cannot afford bespoke under stairs storage maximise storage with a console table with drawers or a storage bench with shoe store under and seating above. Just avoid coat hook racks filled with family coats, add style with a coat stand accessorised with hat, single coat and scarf or a stylish umbrella stand.
Bringing character, not clutter is the way forward! Having sorted the storage out, maximised the light, the space can now be dressed. A lush plant, decorative storage pots, a hurricane jar with candle or framed table prints are a few ideas that may inspire you.
A hard wearing, easy to clean surface is a must; laminate or luxury vinyl is a popular modern choice. Varnished or painted original floorboards are an option if in good condition and can be made to stand out with an attractive colourful hallway runner. Period properties with Victorian tiles, limestone or patterned tiles provide an elegance and point of interest that can inspire the whole hallway space. Ensure external and internal door mats are present though to minimise dirt from wet or muddy shoes.
A well thought out hallway can be stylish, individualistic and full of character. That new console table with mirror will help, along with a good tidy up- finding a new home for boots, bikes and coats will leave potential buyers with a great impression on arrival and as they leave. For bespoke advice about how to stage your property to ensure potential buyers enjoy viewing your home and make that initial offer, contact us today!
The Dean & Co Team
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