10 Simple Ideas To Update Your Hallway


As the first thing your guests see when they visit, your hall should convey a welcoming energy and be a reflection of you and your family’s personality. As soon as you open your front door you should get that ‘lovely to be home’ feeling. Follow Julia’s guide on the Homebase website to turn a neglected area into a welcoming and exciting space.

1. Start with some useful storage

Tripping over shoes or not being able to find your child’s elusive sun hat isn’t ideal when you’re in a rush to get out of the door in the morning. There are lots of storage options that are both practical and attractive.

High-level shelving is a great way to utilise wall space for storing hats, while baskets are ideal for sunglasses and suncream. Shoes can be tidied into open shelf units, or you can use old vegetable crates for a vintage look. A lidded trunk or bench seat is a great alternative to hide everything away. If jackets and cardigans can’t be hidden from view, choose hooks that add character to the room such as mismatched vintage knobs.

2. Make space for the kid’s school stuff

Giving each child their own named peg, chalkboard or photograph will give them a sense of pride in their own space, making it clear whose ’stuff’ lives where. Remember to position everything at a height to suit each child. Adding a shelf for homework, letters to school or other ‘must remember items’ is also a great way reduce stress in the mornings.

3. Give it that personal touch

For your hall consider using brighter colours or the quirky ideas and decorating themes you might have decided were ‘too much’ for other areas of your home. A group of items collected over the years, perhaps from holidays, special events or things that represent the history of your family are perfect in the hallway to add a personal stamp. An affirming typography stencil, can be used to put the family in a good mood for the day.

4. Add some interesting art

Artwork can be very useful in a hallway to add colour and interest, particularly in a narrow corridor. It can be used to draw the eye either up the stairs or down a corridor to create ‘flow’ and the illusion of space. Try mounting pictures onto a painted border to create a cohesive collection, or fill an entire wall for a gallery effect.  You can also add a 3D textural element by hanging features such as antlers, sculptures and carved panels.

5. Create a colourful entrance

For spring and summer you can either use seasonal pretty pastels or add a ‘Scandi-cool’ touch to open up the space with soft greys and a light, natural timber palette. Painting to half-height can be a good idea to avoid difficult areas around the ceiling or the stairs and will help to prevent a narrow hall feeling closed-in. Adding colour doesn’t need to be restricted to the walls, for example a newly painted front door or even the ceiling of a narrow hall can transform the space.

6. Give your floor more focus

Flooring in your hall can often be overlooked, but is important in your decorative scheme. Your hall floor needs to be practical and a solid surface is ideal. Painted floorboards can be very striking and stencilled patterns are making a strong come-back. Use a heavy duty floor lacquer to protect your creations. Tiled floors look great and will last a lifetime if laid and maintained properly. Always use a heavy-duty mat at the front door to protect your flooring from dirt and small stones.

7. Smarten your stairs

Carpeting is a traditional and well-tested stair covering, however, to add character, colour and pattern you could try painting, tiling or even wallpapering the stair risers. It’s a perfect place to be bold with the decoration as it can be easily and cheaply replaced at a later date. If you’re feeling particularly creative you could paint on a mural. A cheat’s way to paint, paper or stencil the stairs is to cut pieces of plywood the size of the risers, decorate to suit then fix and enjoy the admiration from friends and family.

8. Light up your hall

Even in the summer a hallway rarely receives much natural daylight so a lighting update will go a long way to lifting the overall energy of your home.

Pendant lights with faceted or woven shades can be used to cast beautiful patterns onto walls and are a great choice where a solid shade would be too heavy. Meanwhile installing stair-lights can both transform the look of your staircase and improve safety.

9. Put up some wooden panelling

Tongue and groove panelling is a super-practical wall finish for an entrance hall and when painted in a durable eggshell will take the knocks and bumps of everyday life. It also adds texture and architectural interest to what might otherwise be a bland space and looks striking in a strong colour tone. Used horizontally, the boards can work particularly well in a contemporary home.

10. Wallpaper your hall

Wallpaper is ideal for a quick update in a hall and can be used on all walls for a ‘cocooning’ effect, or on one wall (generally the stair wall) so it doesn’t feel overpowering. If you’re unsure of how a paper will look, or you would like to try a bold design or colour but lack the confidence, try wallpaper panels in picture frames. You could get inspired by spring and summer and bring nature inside using leaf, tree and floral prints.

Read more advice and tips from Homebase here >


How To Choose Colour For Your Home


Choosing colours for your home

Choosing paint colours for your home can be tricky and a lengthy process, but by taking some tips from this Crown Paint article you could be a few steps closer to picking your favourite colours.

The room painter app is great for helping you visualise what the colours would look like in your home, before you even need to spend time picking tester pots.

Simply download the app from the App Store, Google play or amazon apps and take a picture or pictures of your room and upload them. Once you have uploaded them you can choose from our incredible range of colours and start painting the walls with your favourite Crown colours. The app lets you paint walls & ceilings easily my simply dropping your chosen colour over the picture. You can keep a note of your favourite colours by adding them to your ‘wish list’ within the app.

Once you have seen what colours work the best in your home, and you’ve chosen all your personal favourites, why not order the sample pots from our website to get a true representation of the colours on your walls. Take advantage of FREE DELIVERY on all sample pots and receive your colours within 3-5 working days.

If you need inspiration, click here.


How To Do Our One-Day Decorating Challenge


Do you sometimes put off decorating? Follow the Dulux step-by-step guide to painting a problem room in super-quick time.

“I’m finally motivated to do the painting I’ve been putting off, but how do I decorate one room in one day”

We’ve already explored how to kick-start the decorating process following a stressful move,and now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and pick up a paint brush!

Like baking a cake, the key to a successful outcome lies in careful planning and preparation. But don’t lose sight of your goal: a beautifully painted room you’ll feel proud to show off to visiting family and friends.

Want to know how it’s done? Our step-by-step guide is easy to follow:

Before you start

1.Clear away clutter

Get rid ofany remaining moving boxes and clear out old furniture that you don’t have space for. Move anything that’s left to the centre of the room and cover with a dustsheet.

2. Choose and buy your paint

If you haven’t already downloaded our Dulux Visualizer app, do so now and choose your colour and products from the Dulux paint palette.

Our Once range includes paint designed to give a perfect finish in just one coat – handy if you’re in a hurry.

The app can also help you find your nearest paint stockist.

3.Work out how much paint you’ll need

Once you have selected your paint, find your colour on the Dulux website and simply enter the dimensions of your room into our Dulux paint calculator. We’ll estimate how much paint you need to buy.

4. Get the right tools for the job

Check existing paint brushes, rollers and trays are thoroughly clean and, if not, add to your shopping list along with a roll of good-quality masking tape and your chosen Dulux paint.

Paint day

1.Clean and prepare the walls

Fill small cracks and holes with putty and allow to dry before gently sanding and wiping down with a damp cloth. Then carefully apply masking tape around the area to be painted.

2.Get painting

First, use a small brush to cut in and paint a one-inch border around the edges, then paint the rest of the wall using a roller.


Now sit back, and watch your paint dry with a well-earned cup of tea!

Top tip

If you only have time to apply one coat of paint, make sure your roller is well-coated but not completely saturated, and follow the dilution of the paint as recommended on the tin.

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Interior Paint Buying Guide from B&Q


B&Q have lots of advice on interior paint to help you find the right paint for your project

For a simple way to update a room, you can’t beat a lick of paint. Whether you’re putting your stamp on your new home, or are renovating a room that needs some TLC, interior paint can transform any space in the house in a few hours.

There are lots of paints available for different surfaces and it can be a bit daunting if you aren’t sure what all the different types, finishes and features mean. We are going to talk you through the ins and outs of interior paint so that you can buy the right paint with confidence.


Questions to ask before you begin

Which room in the house are you painting?

What goes on in the room you are planning to paint? Maybe you are painting a kitchen or bathroom that would benefit from a moisture-resistant paint. Some rooms might need an extra hard-wearing paint which can be wiped down and cleaned such as hallways, landings or kid’s bedrooms. Finding the right paint isn’t just about which colour you pick. We have different types of paint designed for use in different rooms. By choosing the paint that is specially designed for the type of room you are painting, you will get the best end result.

What type of surface are you painting?

There are different types of paint for different surface materials. As well as a comprehensive selection of emulsion paints for walls and ceilings, we have a wide range of specialist paint including ones that are designed for wood furniture, brick walls, and tiles. Choosing the right paint for the right material will ensure a longer-lasting result and the best coverage.

What kind of look are you going for?

Maybe your home has quite a traditional look and would suit a subtle, matt effect paint. Or perhaps you have a more contemporary style that would look great with a satin or metallic finish paint. When selecting paint, think about what you want the final look to be, so that you can choose the correct finish as well as the right colour.

How much time do you have to complete your decorating project?

If you need to get your painting job done quickly, we have a wide range of quick-drying options that will help you get a whole room decorated in a few hours. We have quick dry wall paint, primers, and wood and metal paint to help you make the most of your time whatever you are painting.

What state is the surface in?

Some of our interior paints can be applied directly to the surface. Others may require a bit of preparation before you can begin painting. Perhaps you are painting a freshly plastered surface or previously untreated wood, or maybe you need to fill in some holes or sand down an uneven surface. We have paints and primers for all sorts of surfaces that will help you achieve a nice, even finish.

Read the full B&Q guide here >