Where does the first impression of an apartment arise? Mostly from the hallway. Moreover, what do your guests see there? Hopefully no junk room! If you want to improve the first impression of your apartment, then here we have some helpful tips for you. This way you can transform your hallway into a stylish picture gallery...

The hallway is the room in the house or in the apartment which we enter first. Therefore, it is strange that very often we treat the hallway so stepmotherly. We stumble first of all on shoes, umbrellas, toys and miscellaneous items. We hang the jacket on a crowded coat rack, and the key does not have its own place. It is not difficult to keep the hallway tidy, and not only that, we can set it up in the same style as the rest of our apartment. A great idea for the hallway is to design it as a gallery. We will show you how you can decorate your hallway properly and turn it into a representative exhibition space in no time.

A tidy house entrance is welcoming – especially if it is nicely decorated.

A tidy house entrance is welcoming – especially if it is nicely decorated.

Take Care of Order

In nooks and crannies there is plenty of storage space which you can use for anything you want to keep in the hallway. However, there are also other ways to provide you with even more storage space. For example, above the door you can attach a sideboard and stock it with baskets or crates. Here you can find some space for your hats and gloves during the summer months.

Trendy: An old box as a shoe closet

Trendy: An old box as a shoe closet

Definitely get yourself a shoe closet. Not only your hallway, but also your shoes will thank you! If you do not want to go in the width, get yourself a tall, narrow shoe closet. They are available in various furniture stores for little money, but this way you will achieve a great effect and provide for a lot more space. You can arrange an especially pretty pair of high heels as a decoration on the shoe closet.

A pretty, open wardrobe with storage space and a seating area

A pretty, open wardrobe with storage space and a seating area

You should also invest in a wardrobe. It does not have to consist of a classic clothes rack or hooks. Combine a small bench with a chest of drawers and a narrow wardrobe, or use an open wardrobe. Depending on your budget and available space, you can also select a built-in wardrobe – as long as everything has its place. The neater your hallway is, the more space your images have to fully come into play.

Choose the Correct Colours for Your Hallway

A hallway does not have to be simply painted white. In this room, you can also experiment with colours to suit your mood. Note, however, that the hallway should not be too colourful if you want to use it as a gallery. Soft, muted colours and a unified colour scheme allow your photos and images to develop their full potential.

Pastel colours in the hallway can have a great influence on the effect of your images

Pastel colours in the hallway can have a great influence on the effect of your images

Especially if you have a very narrow hallway, you should opt for bright colours. How about muted white or pastel colours? You can still put accents, for example, on the front sides of the hallway, or in spatially limited areas, such as between two doors.

The Correct Lighting for Your Hallwa

Light is decisive for a pleasant atmosphere. It should be bright and warm, but the light should not dazzle. It is best for you to create various islands of light and work additionally with indirect lighting. The hallway is probably not the place where you work too, so you do not need accent lighting. Nevertheless, it should be bright enough so you can also find what you are looking for just before you leave the house or if you want to show your guests a photo gallery with images from your last vacation.

Whether that's the right lighting? At least not for a gallery...

Whether that's the right lighting? At least not for a gallery...

Combine, for example, a beautiful chandelier with a table lamp and indirect lighting above the wardrobe. So you can create accents, illuminate the different areas of the hallway and put your beautiful gallery effectively in scene.

Long hallways are perfect for a gallery hanging of your photos

Long hallways are perfect for a gallery hanging of your photos

Create Your Personal Gallery

There are two ways to plan your individual gallery: you either decorate your hallway to your taste and then choose harmonious images that you want to hang up, or you already have images or pictures in your mind that you would like to show off and design the hallway accordingly.

For architecture photos in black and white, it makes sense to keep the hallway simple and paint the walls in a covered white. Romantic landscapes or family photos will fit particularly well in a pastel-coloured hallway. Think of a concept for the exhibition of your photos: picture frames or rather canvas? Should all images hang on the same wall?

Important for the series hanging: a unifying element – herein the frames

Important for the series hanging: a unifying element – herein the frames

You can select unified picture frames, if, for example, you wish for a photo series to have an effect. If you choose different images or photographs, unified frames could be a unifying element. In this case, you can still vary in size. Or you choose frames made of different materials for your framed photo prints, and arrange them harmoniously. Stylistically, they should still fit together, so stay in the same colour family, and do not decorate plastic with gold. Just stay true to a single style: Country house with wood, white and pastel colours, industrial with metal in cool colours or classic with dark wood and gold.

Set up a Seating Area

If you have created your custom designed gallery and if you have plenty of room in the hallway, you can also set up a small sitting area from where you can look at your images calmly. A chair or stool, a small table, a reading lamp and of course a couple of exhibition catalogues or coffee table books cannot be missing here. The books and catalogues are perhaps thematically associated with the images on your wall and provide more inspiration.

Clever integration creates order – here: a wardrobe and a closet with a small bench

Clever integration creates order – here: a wardrobe and a closet with a small bench

In such a hallway that was converted into a personal gallery, you can easily relax when you get home, or wait if other family members need a bit more time again. Even your guests will be delighted when they find themselves in an elegant gallery instead of a junk room on entering your apartment!

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