Planning our hallway

Our hallway is the first thing you notice when you come into our house. As soon as the front door opens, you are in the hall and it was one of the many things I liked about the house when we first looked at it, looking past the decor of course.  Light pours through our front door, the skylights and the door that leads through to the conservatory.

But the decor leaves a lot to be desired. With off-white walls and white floor tiles, it's hardly offensive, just very dull.  White floor tiles in the main entrance to the house is the silliest idea I've ever seen as they obviously show up all the dirt and need cleaning every day - I think the previous owners were obsessed with the tiles (or perhaps they got a job lot reduced) as they used the same ones in the hall, downstairs toilet, kitchen and conservatory! 

So, whilst it's a little way down on the list of priorities, I do have a wish list of what I would like to do to it. Because the hall is long and narrow I'd like to keep it as light as possible to avoid it feeling too claustrophobic so I'm thinking of a pale grey on the walls.  

One of the first things I am desperate to do is to replace the skylights as they look very dated and, for the sake of privacy as desired, possibly add some VELUX blinds.

We currently have wall lights which again are inoffensive but dull. Ideally, I'd like to change them to ceiling lights like these glass pendants:

glass pendant ceiling lights

Because the house straddles the Edwardian and Victorian eras, we would really like to add some character to the hall by way of tiles.  These tiles are a current favourite and are a modern take on the style and I think the colours would work perfectly with grey walls.

Topps Tiles, Tiles, hallway

The final item on the wish list is adding some good storage so we can set out all the school things so that the girls can just grab them and go and ideally with room for coats and shoes. Something like this, albeit on a smaller scale, would please me no end:

So that's my little wish list. Nothing too extravagant but I think they would make a big difference to the space.  

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post 

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