Hallway Makeover pt.1: Creating a minimal and inviting space
Besides the green spare room that we currently use as a large closet, laundry room, hoover storage and ‘cemetery of all things we don’t want on display’, the hallway is also one of the spaces in the house we haven’t quite properly sorted out. Being a terraced house, it’s quite a narrow space that leads up to the first floor or the living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs. The narrowness of the space means that I am limited to what I can do with it and it is often used as a dumping ground for shoes, umbrellas, keys and random pieces of paper and letters, all disorganised and messy.
I try to tidy it up on the weekend, but I have really started to find the shoe cabinet redundant as we just end up squeezing in more shoes than can fit. If both my partner and I were constantly rotating shoes on a daily basis then I would definitely see the need for it, however we only ever really wear one pair at a time so all of the other pairs are squeezed into the tiny draws instead of being neatly stored away in the spare bedroom. It's worth pointing out that the hallway never stays as tidy as the images above appear, we are too often just tempted to throw things on the top of the cabinet and forget about them.
So this has got me thinking about how I could use this small space. The priority for me is for it to not look like a classic hallway with lots of coats and shoes etc. I want the space to feel like any other room - by that I mean a space that houses furniture and items that I love and are well designed, without clutter. As we live in a rental, we can't really add any fixtures to the walls, so I have been thinking about items that are free standing. Again because we are in a rental, we don't know how long we will be living here, so I don't want anything which is too imposing and would be difficult to place in a new house / apartment. We just don't know how the next place will be laid out so I am after something un-obtrusive and minimal.
I've been thinking about sorting this space out since Christmas, and having seen how people are using the Ferm Living plant box has got me really inspired. Especially like the images above from Ferm Living, I find that it's such a versatile piece of design, and can be used in pretty much every single room in the house with multiple functions. There are so many beautiful colours to chose from, but I would of course have to chose the light grey version for myself. You will see what I have in mind in the mood board below, but I want to keep it simple, and minimal.
A big priority will be getting a lamp that doesn't need to be plugged in as we don't have a power outlet in this hallway, and I hate using the ceiling lights as they are too bright and uninviting. The Carrie lamp from Menu seems to be perfect as it is rechargeable via USB, meaning I can move it around too. I want this space to feel just as cosy as the living room is instead of being confronted with a harsh light as soon as you walk in.
Have a sneak peek of some initial ideas above. I might add a small plant in there too, potentially a small avocado plant...
Stay tuned to see how the hallway turns out!
All images mine apart from those where I have given credit. All thoughts and words my own.