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'The hallway really comes into its own at Christmas time,' says interior designer Julia Kendell, who suggests getting your hallway organised from the get-go. 'It's all about creating a welcoming environment in your entrance hall and as people arrive they will really feel the Christmas spirit.'
Definitely not a space to be neglected, here we suggest some hallway Christmas decorations and styling tips to help you transform your space.
1. Set the scene
Think about the first thing you want your guests to see. 'Create a warm and welcoming entrance with candles in lanterns or tea lights in a jar,' Julia suggests. 'Even outside the house you can have a pretty welcoming sign, or lanterns leading up to the house.'
2. Decorate with wreaths
Decorating your front door and the exterior of your home at Christmas is a must, but don't forget to dress your interior doors, too! Seeing as the hallway leads to all rooms in the home, you could pop a wreath or swag on all internal doors or door handles.
3. Create ambience
With the nights already drawing in for winter, it's a great opportunity to play with mood lighting for your hallway.
'Warm-toned lighting is perfect for the colder and darker months as it creates a cosy atmosphere, which your loved ones are sure to appreciate as they relax in your home on Christmas Day,' says Nick Acaster from Stair-Rods Direct.
'Why not choose warm, yellow-toned lights that'll add an inviting feel to your hallway? If you prefer white-toned lights for your tree, these could also work nicely in mimicking a colder environment, which is perfect if you're looking to create a cooler, North Pole-style entrance.'
Micro lights work well in this setting too, as they're subtle and pretty. You could use LED tea lights to dress your console table, while taper candles look gorgeous in front of mirrors.
4. Dress your staircase
The staircase is a focal, if not the main, fixture in your hallway, so use this to your advantage and make sure it's looking super Christmassy. Our first recommendation is to deck the halls with a Christmas garland.
Choose a garland that matches your theme. For a chic and fresh look, choose eucalyptus or for a more traditional feel, opt for pinecones and berries. If you have any spare or loose baubles or tree decorations, work your way up the stairs and tie these along the handrail – it'll look ultra festive.
Do you want to create an Instagrammable hallway display? Wayfair's resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, suggests starting with an evergreen garland layered with dried hydrangea heads, sprayed metallic and jewel-coloured foliage, and finished with micro-LED fairy lights.
Nadia suggests the following:
1. Simply wind the garland in and out your banister from top to bottom to affix.
2. Spray paint your own foliage. Cover the surface you're painting on, get some protective gloves on and lay out your chosen blooms. Hold them by the base of the flower head, lightly spray in your chosen colours, and leave to dry.
3. Now it's time to start decorating! 'I love to use a mixture of blousy and trailing blooms for ultimate impact. On my stairwell of dreams, we used pom-pom hydrangea heads, festively fragrant eucalyptus and beautiful gypsophila sprayed in turquoise, purple, silver and gold,' Nadia explains.
4. For a final touch of festive sparkle, wind fairy lights through the garland, up and over the rail is best to keep them nice and secure. 'Battery operated lights are best for this look, as you can easily hide the battery pack and don't need to worry about running wires to nearby plug sockets,' she advises.
5. For a cute and quirky Advent vignette, Nadia applied old applique numbers to the stairs, which is a lovely way to get excited for the Christmas countdown. 'You could even add a little present each day for an alternative Advent calendar,' she says.
5. Embrace rich colours
Rich colour can make a space feel luxurious at any point of the year, but during Christmas the opulent look comes into its own. Hallways are a perfect place to start and can effortlessly create an inviting, festive feel when you enter the home. Red and green are typical Christmas shades but by opting for styles with stripe or patterns your space will remain on trend year round.
'You could also consider dressing up your staircase with a stair runner and some polished stair rods. They'll add some sparkle to the festive season and will be a beautiful addition to your home in the long term. Finish off with some artificial tea lights going up the staircase and you'll have created a beautifully festive feel,' Nick adds.
6. Utilise the console table
'Whenever I design a home, whether mine or a clients, I try and find a place for what I call a central table,' says Davina Stanley, creative director PAPER+WHITE interior design and art consultancy. 'At Christmas they call out for perhaps another tree. At Halloween, a pumpkin display. At Easter, huge vessels with spring blooms. At family birthdays, loaded with cards and gifts. If you only have the time or inclination for just one project make it this one. It’s the perfect considered and effective way to set the tone for whatever the season.'
7. Create your own Christmas-themed bunting
Crafting has been big during lockdown, so why not continue your creative streak and make some festive decorations too? It's also a great way to reduce your environmental impact during the festive season. You could try making your own bunting. Cut out festive shapes like trees, snowflakes and snowmen from sturdy cardboard, paint them, then create a small hole at the top of each one and thread through some ribbon or string.
8. Set up an additional Christmas tree
If you have the space (we know most of our hallways are pretty narrow), it's definitely a great idea to place a Christmas tree in the hallway. If space is an issue, remember it really doesn't have to be as large or extravagant as your living room tree. There are some great slim Christmas trees to invest in, or even small Christmas trees that you can pop on a console table or a stool for extra height.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), aside from washing hands frequently, clean touch points regularly, such as door handles and surfaces. It is also advised that you let in as much fresh air as possible by opening doors and windows.
If you are welcoming guests into your home, here are some useful tips:
1. Declutter your hallway
'There's nothing worse for guests to arrive and feel that they're arriving into somebody else's clutter and that there's not enough space to put their own things,' says Julia.
2. Clear your console table and coat rack
'Because people arrive with gifts and bottles, I always try to make sure I've got a console table clear, and when people come in, hooks available to hang coats,' Julia explains. 'It's welcoming for guests to feel that they're not getting in the way.'
3. Make your WiFi code available
'One of the first things people ask when they come round is "what's the WiFi code?" This is particularly the case if children or teenagers come over, so I have the WiFi code printed in a frame by the front door so that there's no need for them to ask,' says Julia.
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