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Plan a warm welcome; It's often the smallest space in the house, but it's one of the most important. Francesca Craggs provides some tips for making your hallway a grand entrance.

THEY say that first impressions count and this also applies to your home. Once you're over the threshold, your hallway provides the gateway to you abode. Whether you have a grand hallway big enough to house a fireplace and sitting area, or a more bijou space, it doesn't mean compromising on style.

Hallways should be warm welcoming and reflect the rest of the style throughout your home. Make the most of space in small hallways with well positioned mirrors and clever storage ideas.

Colour is also important when planning your hallway. For long hallways, consider using one block of colour for a calming effect. Greens evoke feelings of serenity, while cheery yellows provide the perfect welcome.

Busy spaces, hallways often have to endure maximum wear and tear. Choose hard wearing paint that can be washed without the colour fading. Paint, specially designed to create a feeling of light and space, is also a good option.

One of the busiest areas of your home, choosing the right flooring for your hallway is essential. Wood flooring and tiles, warmed up by a carpet runner, provide an attractive, yet practical entrance. Carpets can be protected by decorative runners in robust wool, or natural fabrics like Jute. Natural stone flooring, including slate, sandstone, and Travertine, are a hard wearing yet stylish options.

Despite often being the smallest space in the house, you can still add stylish touches with the right furniture. Console tables are a great focal point and can provide useful storage or space for a telephone or table lamp.

Storage is also important in hallways, as in any room of the house. If you're not lucky enough to have a hall cupboard, a coat stand or wall hooks are a stylish alternative. From traditional vintage style to modern versions, there are coat stands to suit an array of tastes. Wall hooks save space and range from colourful contemporary versions, to traditional and vintage style.

Shoe storage is particularly useful for family homes. Slim shoe storage cabinets are a handy way of keeping clutter out of sight.

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This coat stand is perfect for hallways that are short <Bof space. The Henry wall-mounted stand, from Rowen & Wren, is finished in tarnished silver, and suitable for walls with and without skirting boards. Priced at PS294, www.rowenandwren.co.uk

Those with a <B penchant for vintage style will adore this coat rack and bench. Ideal for coats and shoes, it costs PS495 from Rose & Grey. www.roseandgrey.co.uk

Have dirty wellies and shoes been <Bcluttering up your hallway? This versatile shoe storage bench can hold at

least six pairs of shoes and two pairs of wellies, and doubles up as a handy perch. Priced at PS245 from Alison at Home www.alisonathome.com

This fun Gumball coat rack <Bwill add a splash of colour to hallways. Priced at PS5.95 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com

The right paint can add light and space to smaller hallways. Wall painted <Bin String, No, 8, Estate Eggshell; woodwork painted in Off-White, No, 3, Estate Eggshell. www.farrow-ball.com

Natural stone is a hard- <B wearing and stylish option for hallway floors. These Greyfriars limestone flagstones are rustic with a contemporary twist, from www.originalstyle.com

This handy console <Btable features finely-finished leather and will add a touch luxury. The Hampstead console, PS450, is from www.leatherandlavender.co.uk
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2015
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