Now that my bedroom updates have come to a halt (thank you, elusive headboard…), I’ve decided to turn my attention to my front hallway. This area isn’t necessarily a room, but it’s (obviously) the most trafficked area of my apartment. Here’s where it started when I moved in:
Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of just the hall from move in, but that space with the door is pretty much the whole thing. Awesome, no? Basically, the area has one front door, one opening to the kitchen, two closet doors (they’re on the wall on the very left of this photo, but you can’t see them because of the angle), one light switch, a beautiful gray electrical panel, and some seriously amazing laminate tile. The space has pretty much looked like this for the past year aside from the addition of a few wall hooks, but I have some big plans for it.
Because I’m renting, there’s nothing I can do about the electrical panel, the laminate, or the look of the front door, yet my plans for this small space are to make it: 1. more functional and 2. more beautiful.
I hopped around the Interwebs and Pinterest for a little while, and found these four wonderful entryways that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about!
Photo Sources: decorpad.com (L) & apartmenttherapy.com (R)
Photo Sources: thatcutesortofsouthern.tumblr.com (L) & littleemmaenglishhome.blogspot.com (R)
My specific goals for my hallway are to:
1. add some storage (for shoes, keys, umbrellas, etc.) – I’d love a designated space to drop mail, my big computer bag (that I carry every day), wet/dirty shoes (so I don’t track things on my very light carpet), my keys, headphones, etc. I’m also hoping to try my hand at styling a vignette, so I’m thinking a console table of some sort might be a good option for this space. I’m envisioning using the wall space to my advantage as much as possible since that really is the only kind of space this area has.
2. add some personality (because right now the whole space is rocking rental bland) – I’m thinking something is going to happen to those walls. I’m not sure if it will be paint (maybe in gray to help hide that ugly electrical panel) or another Sharpie adventure. I love the idea of adding a graphic wall pattern to the main living space of my apartment (aka any room but the bedroom), but I’m also a little worried something bold and graphic might be too overwhelming for this tiny hallway.
3. (potentially) add a rug to eliminate the slippery floor danger (when it’s rainy/snowy) – I’m pretty prone to slipping and sliding everywhere in the winter. I blame it on the Florida in me, so I’d love to minimize the danger of falling in my home by having something with some texture to grip my shoes when I come in from rain, snow, sleet, or whatever the heck else the Midwest decides to throw at us in the future. I originally thought something fun and punchy on the floor might be a good way to inject some much needed personality into this space, but the tile is actually a bit busy in and of itself (especially if I do decide to go punchy on the walls), so I think I’ll be better off with something a little more subdued on the floor. Maybe a jute indoor/outdoor rug?
4. dress up my rental front door a bit – I’m thinking some kind of frame, etc. over the peephole ala Friends – You know, like this:
What do you think? Should I go bold on the walls or bold on the floor? Anyone know of a source for a great durable hallway rug or an awesome yellow picture frame?