4 Ideas to Spruce Up Your Hallway

As the initial entry point to your home, your hallway interior should not be overlooked. As the first focal point guests will lay eyes on, it is worthwhile investing in the right floor and furniture, making sure the layout and design compliment the space.

Excited Children Arriving Home With Parents

Here are 4 interior ideas to give you some hallway inspiration:

  1. Opt for a classic floor

Parquet floors radiate a timeless feel and are a beautiful way to open your home. For modern homes, parquetry offers a great contrast between the contemporary and the traditional. Choosing a parquet pattern such as Chevron will draw the eye in and is a good design technique for narrow spaces.

  1. Mix it up

Your hallway doesn’t need to just focus on the floorboards. Depending on your interior style, consider pairing a patterned rug with simple or bare floorboards. This will introduce texture and layers and will look particularly effective against neutral walls. If your hallway leads straight into stairs, you could replace a rug with a patterned stair runner for the same effect.

 

  1.  Avoid carpet

Rugs yes, carpets no. As the first point of contact for footwear, carpet can easily be ruined with grit, dirt or other unwanted outdoor particles. Hard-wearing, easy-to-clean flooring such as oak, hardwood or laminate are much better options for withstanding lots of foot traffic.

 

  1. Keep furniture to a minimum

This is particularly important for narrow hallways. Choose furniture that is practical and has a purpose rather than furniture that is overstated or unnecessary. This will only make the space feel cluttered and that is not a first impression you want to give. If you are lacking space, consider floating hangers or wall shelves for keys, coats and other essentials.

 

Remember that your hallway sets the scene for the rest of your home. Flooring and interior choices play a big part in this and should be carefully considered. For hallway flooring options, chat to us at Floormania, where we’ll be happy to suggest some options for your personal hallway needs.

Why Laminate Flooring is Taking Over

It is no secret that wood flooring is the number one choice in many Australian homes. Easy to maintain, beautiful to look at and incredibly hard-wearing, it’s no wonder an increasing number of homeowners are giving their floors an all-wood makeover. However, with natural timber lingering at the top end of the price scale, many people are instead opting for a very similar alternative without the hefty price tag. You guessed it – laminate.

A newfound reputation

Becoming more and more popular, laminate is gradually losing its negative reputation as technology advances have turned it from a cheap and tasteless floor to a stunning wood replica. The grains, patterns and knots that are distinguished in timber floors are now printed onto laminate planks with such precision, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the two.

 

Effortless installation

Compared to natural wood planks that are usually installed using nails or glue, laminate floors simply click together and can be easily completed by the homeowner and doesn’t take a month of work. The method is designed to be quick, easy and DIY friendly. Laminate planks can also be installed over existing/uneven sub-floors which is another hassle-free benefit.

 

Ticking all the boxes

One of the biggest downfalls with laminate in the past has been the lack of water-resistance. This has made laminate undesirable in areas in the house that are moisture-prone such as the kitchen and bathroom. However, products such as Quick-Step Impressive Ultra offer a solution, as these plank joints are coated with ‘HydroSeal’ which is a sealant proven to be water-repellent. This is another reason why homeowners are starting to opt for laminate over hardwood.

 

If you are thinking of investing in a new floor, whether in a single room or throughout your entire house, laminate may be the perfect option for you. For more information and advice about laminate, contact us online or in-store at Floormania where our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist.