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The entrance to your home creates that all-important first impression.
When you open the front door, the first thing you and your guests usually see is the hallway and stairs – and how that looks can influence the way you feel about your whole home.
The right paint or wallpaper can really brighten the area, practical storage solutions cut down on clutter and a fresh new carpet gives a whole new dynamic to a hallway.
Halls, stairs and landings are high traffic areas and need hard wearing, practical carpets so that they’re able to stand the test of time. Given that entrances are one of the most used areas in the home, carpets are a popular choice as they provide comfort whilst being a fantastic insulator. Carpets are also especially sought after for staircases as they are more effective at absorbing sound than other floorcovering options. They also provide more grip and reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.
It is worth spending time and effort on making this area welcoming so here are some ideas:
If your hallway and staircase is a wide, open and airy space, why not let a striped carpet take centre stage. Our Pimlico Stripe collection, made from 50% New Zealand wool comes in a palette of four on-trend shades. Why not experiment with a carpet in a deep blue (Primo Plus in Cornflower) or a charcoal grey shade to add a pop of style. Team with lots of white or cream woodwork to keep the look simple and sophisticated.
A bold paint colour that might be overpowering in a large living room can be perfect to brighten up a large hallway. For a less permanent look, hang large pieces of wall art to add instant colour appeal. Welcoming shades of white can lighten up a small or dark entrance by accentuating the feeling of space.
If you want to remain neutral but create an impression with visitors then why not experiment with texture? A lustrous deep pile or a wool loop textured carpet creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our Malabar collection is made from 100% pure new wool comes in two textures (a modern ribbed design and a best-selling weave effect) and is also ideal for all areas of the home.
Make sure the area behind the door is totally free from clutter. Banish boots, brollies and other paraphernalia to under-stair cupboards, the utility room, wardrobe or anywhere other than the 'welcome home' area.
If you’re concerned about dirty shoes or muddy paw prints hampering the look of your entrance, an easy-clean, polypropylene or polyester carpet can help speed up removing stains and spills and keep your floor looking pristine. We offer a host of easy clean carpets that are all bleach cleanable and dirt and stain resistant and prices start from as little as £19 per sq m.