How to make an unforgettable first impression in your hallway this Christmas

As we all know, first impressions count, so make sure your entrance hall has the festive wow factor this Christmas.  Now is the time to transform your hallway into a welcoming festive space that your guests will love.  Here are our top tips to make an unforgettable first Christmassy impression…

Start with the front door

What better way to set the scene for Christmas than with a traditional door wreath?  Whether you prefer classic styles made with berries and ivy or something more modern with glittering gold baubles and fairy lights, make sure your front door really makes an impact.

Christmas wreath on a rustic wooden front door.

Christmas wreath on a rustic wooden front door from Punchbowl.com

A place for everything…

With a little bit of love, an entrance hall has much more to offer than merely being a space to store muddy boots and neglected winter coats.  Start by de-cluttering surfaces, tiding away bits and bobs and having a good clear out.  Just a few simple furniture additions can make the world of difference – here are our favourites!

Chadwick grey painted coat rack

There’s a coat hook for everyone and some to spare with this stylish grey painted coat rack from our Chadwick range.  The rack has 8 hooks and is finished with an elegant oak shelf – perfect for storing scarves, hats and umbrellas.
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Shiro Walnut extra large shoe cupboard

This hallway storage solution is a genius idea for large families.  It’s a beautiful piece of furniture in it’s own right but offers an invaluable amount of storage with space for 16 pairs of shoes plus storage baskets and an umbrella hook.  The cupboard is made from solid walnut and has a contemporary art deco feel with rounded corners and bronze coloured handles.
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Mobel Oak tall shoe cupboard

Looking for some tall shoe storage in your hallway?  From our best selling Mobel Oak range, this cupboard is designed to hold 16 pairs of shoes and has a removable shelf for boot storage.  It’s beautifully built from solid oak, has tongue and groove side paneling and is finished with steel coloured handles.
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Mayan Walnut monks bench

Or what about a stylish place to sit down and store your shoes?  We love this Mayan Walnut monks bench which holds up to 10 pairs of shoes and would create a real impact in any hallway.

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A Christmas console table

A console table is an excellent hallway addition at any time of year, providing a focal point as well as a surface to include lighting and storage and at Christmas is the perfect space to add decorations.  A tray of candles on a console table creates the warmest of welcomes and adds a festive glow to the space or keep a festive dish of colourful baubles on the hall table.  This stunning La Roque console table is hand crafted from solid mahogany and finished with a rich mid tone lacquer.  It has 3 handy drawers which are finished with a brass bow handle and has a useful shelf at the base.
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Finishing touches

A mirror in the hallway is a great way of reflecting light and making the space feel bigger.  At Christmas time, make use of the tops of mirrors to drape holly, ivy, pine and eucalyptus.  We think that this Aston Oak mirror is a perfect option – it can be hung portrait or landscape, has a 10cm deep oak frame, which has wooden mortice and tenon detailing in the corners.
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Sit a lantern on each stair tread or hurricane lamps along the length of your entrance hall.  And for a truly winter wonderland effect, incorporate some fairy lights into the scheme entwined around the banisters.  And Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without some mistletoe – hang it high using a length of red ribbon.
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Inspired?  All of our hallway furniture can be viewed here.  We guarantee that we will deliver all in stock furniture, ready for Christmas, if it’s ordered by the 13th December.  Remember all our furniture is delivered fully assembled within 10 working days.  Be #houseproud this Christmas.