How to Stamp Your Own Style on Even the Smallest of Hallways

Scandinavian Style in the Hallway

This is not the first time I’ve written about hallways. Or the entryway if you’re from across the pond. My last hallways post was all about making a spectacular entrance by using wallpaper, a patterned stair runner, paint effects, lighting, and/or large mirrors among other things. But what if your hallway is tiny? Well, I can tell you that mine is the teeniest, tiniest of all. But I still have a console table, a mirror, some lighting (I don’t have room for a lamp so I have fairy lights), and a basket for hats and gloves. I consider these items the absolute essentials. We all need somewhere to drop our keys on entering and a mirror to re-touch our lipstick before leaving the house. And the basket is a godsend. And because I like it to look nice, there’s also a plant and some decorative things too. But just because you have a small space to play with, and I’ve convinced you that there are some pieces you just have to have, doesn’t mean it can’t be without style. Your style.

Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian style is all about minimalist, simple design. It should look light, airy, and devoid of any superfluous decoration. Blonde wood, a simple round mirror and a tripod lamp work perfectly. And the addition of a plant or two will bring the outside in.

Scandinavian Style in the Hallway

Modern Country Style

Modern country style is completely unpretentious and eminently practical. Chunky wood, rustic elements, and a few nods to nature will all provide the right ingredients. This solid console table with a handy shelf, and a window shaped mirror form the basis of this look. The antler lamps with tartan shades complete it. A vase of garden flowers are the perfect finishing touch.

Modern Country Style in the Hallway

Industrial Style

As utilitarian as it gets. Industrial style is robust, hard-edged and perfectly suited to loft living as well as practical for busy family homes. No amount of hard knocks will dent a metal cabinet. And even if they do, it will look all the better for it. Factory lighting is ideal. There’s no room however for any frills or frippery. Even the cactus is chosen for it’s spiky demeanor.

Industrial Style in the Hallway

Glitzy Glamorous Style

This glitzy style is unashamedly glamorous. If you want to go over the top, this is the style to choose. Luxurious finishes such as brass and marble are perfect. Embellishment is positively encouraged. Add a touch of black to bring it down to earth and bring the hothouse plants in from the greenhouse.

A Glamorous style for the hallway

Stockists

Scandinavian Style: Scandi Natural Oak Desk, £199, Danetti. Alana Round Mirror in Brass, £99, Made.com. Brace Table Lamp in Oak, £95, John Lewis. Artificial Ivy, £10.45, Blooming Artificial. Artificial Roses in Vase, £8, Marks and Spencer.

Modern Country Style: Radnor Weathered Oak Dresser, £1,235, Oka Direct. Large Square Window Mirror, £350, Cox and Cox. Antler Table Lamp with Tartan Shade, £49.95 each, Melody Maison. Artificial Flowers in Urn, £45, Marks and Spencer

Industrial Style: Rankin Storage Unit, £399, Made.com. Umbra Hub Wall Mirror in Black, £149.99, Black by Design. Arken Table lamp, Dar Lighting. Artificial Cactus, £49.99, Blooming Artificial.

Glitzy Glam Style: Stellar White Marble Console Table, £299, Atkin and Thyme. Antique Gold Fretwork Square Mirror, £155, Puji. Marseille Brass Table Lamp, £59, Marks and Spencer. Artificial Large Orchid in Ceramic Jar, £79, Marks and Spencer.

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17 Comments

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    Arianna

    March 28, 2017

    love them all but the Scandic one might be calling my name! xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 28, 2017

      That doesn’t surprise me 🙂

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    Hardman

    March 27, 2017

    Wonderful style for the elements of interior, a mirror pleased especially! Scandinavian style, old times, thank you for inspiration!

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    Stacey Sheppard

    March 24, 2017

    I’m torn between the Scandi and the Industrial option but I think Scandi just takes the top spot. Our hallway is a nightmare. So so many coats on hooks and millions of kids tiny shoes. I really want to get bespoke cupboards put in to hide everything away and maybe have mirrors on the doors to bounce some more light around. I’ll add it to the massive list of things I want to do!

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      deardesigner

      March 26, 2017

      Sounds like a good plan Stacey. I have massive list of things to do also. One day 🙂

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    cate

    March 22, 2017

    I’m decorating my hallway at the moment, it’s so narrow I’m having trouble finding a decent console table or shoe rack that will fit! A mirror is a great idea though to make it look much bigger xx

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      deardesigner

      March 23, 2017

      I love mirrors. They are practical and beautiful 🙂

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    March 22, 2017

    Great ideas here. You nailed each look. I’m kind of obsessed with that M&S brass table lamp in the “glam”edit. And I too am a huge believer in baskets. So good for plonking “stuff” in and keeping the space clear!

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      deardesigner

      March 23, 2017

      That M&S lamp is not a bad price either 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    March 22, 2017

    Of course I love the glamorous option! Ha! That table is stunning! Alas, our hallway is so narrow that I can’t fit either a table or a basket in mine – sob sob. I’m going to have to get creative with paint/wallpaper and mirrors I think 😉 And maybe a nice radiator cover – ha! xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 22, 2017

      I’m sure it’s going to look stunning whatever you do hun. x

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    Hannah Trickett

    March 22, 2017

    LOVE the clean and Scandinavian option of course!

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      deardesigner

      March 22, 2017

      Haha, now I wonder why Hannah. x

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    Old fashioned Susie

    March 22, 2017

    Loving that industrial locker cabinet!!

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      deardesigner

      March 22, 2017

      It’s cool isn’t it. 🙂

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    Kate

    March 22, 2017

    Ahh, I definitely need a small space solution for my new hallway – it’s narrow(ish) with four doors coming off it it makes finding a console to fit in between a bit of a nightmare! At the moment its toally bare, and while I have a runner earmarked for the space I’m at a loss as to what else to put there to give it some character..

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      deardesigner

      March 22, 2017

      Mirrors are always good for small spaces Kate. Shelves? Art? Can’t wait to see your new place x

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