Ideas for your Hallway

A place for everything and everything in its place

This is a saying we’re rather fond of here at Cotswold Co. It advocates a tidy, yet lived-in home – one that has been built on wonderful memories of busy family Christmases, summer dinner parties and quiet evenings in – and yet remains homely and clutter-free. It isn’t suggesting minimalism or a clinical, characterless home, but one that is ordered and familiar.

Known as the gateway into our homes, our hallways and entranceways are a notorious magnet for gathering clutter – with shoes, boots, coats and bags to contend with – it’s often difficult to keep this space a tidy and orderly one. One that greets you warmly when you return home – whatever kind of day you’ve had – or one that makes guests feel in a cosy home away from home as soon as they step through the front door.

There’s no question then, that storage is essential in this part of your home. It needs to be practical, accessible and fuss-free. Oh, and beautiful. Just because an item is intended to be practical, this doesn’t mean it can’t look nice, setting the scene for the rest of your home and painting a picture of your interior style from the outset.

the hallway bench
Abington Pine Storage Unit | Montague Oak Monks Bench | Florence Grey Shoe Bench | Farmhouse Painted Hall Bench

Eternally practical, our Hallway Shoe Benches offer an abundance of storage for all-things-outdoors. With woven baskets, deep drawers, pigeon holes and lift-up lids, you can store boots, shoes and pumps all in one easy-to-reach spot by the front or back door.

a safe spot for…
Lundy Stone Grey Telephone Table | Milton Oak Console Dressing Table | Chester Grey Console Table

‘Now, where did I put my…’ are words that will rarely be uttered once you have a safe spot to store your keys, purse and other leaving-the-house-essentials. With a slim frame – perfect for narrow spaces – and ample drawer space, our painted, pine and oak Console Tables are a hallway essential.

a space-saving solution
Montague Oak Wall Storage Shelf | Orzora 5 Hook Coat Rack | Raw Oak Towel Ladder | Portobello Painted 6 Hook Rack

The perfect solution if you’re a little short on floor space, our range of Coat Racks can be hung by the front door, in the porch or above one of our Hallway Benches to create ample room for hanging coats, jackets, scarves or dog leads. With additional shelving, these hallway hooks are perfect for personalising your space too with vases of fresh flowers, photographs or favourite reads.

for wiping muddy feet (& paws!)
Welcome Doormat | Cast Iron Doormat | Charlie Chicken Doormat | Brown Stripe Doormat

With autumn just around the corner, muddy boots (and paws!) will become a more frequent occurrence following long country ambles and rain-filled days. If you’re tempted to refresh your hallway for the new season, prevent mud and dirt being stomped through the rest of your home with our practical, colourful and country-inspired doormats.

for a warm welcome
Juniper Tapestry Style Runner | Small Croft Runner | Natural Chevron Runner | Aria Geometric Runner

As you open the front door, a warm welcome is made that little bit more special with personal touches. Those thoughtful additions that make your house a home. From a cosy hallway runner to potted house plants, beautifully ornate mirrors to beaming large lamps lighting the hallway.

Ariene Linear Mirror | My Favourite Things Storage Lamp | Kardal Stoneware Table LampBorden Wall Mirror

We know it’s easy to neglect the hallway – whatever its size may be – as we only ever pass through it. It isn’t like the living room where we sit and talk, or like the bedroom where we go to relax and read, so inevitably, it becomes a bit of a forgotten space. And yet, our hallways provide that all important first impression, so creating one that is both personal and homely – and one that reflects your interior style – is crucial.

F&B Borrowed Light | F&B Cornforth White | F&B Tallow | F&B Purbeck Stone

A splash of paint, as always, can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your hallway. Think about pale and muted shades to create a light, bright and welcoming entrance hall – one that will always make coming home the best feeling in the world.

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