Hallways are typically the most narrow, cramped spaces in our homes, making them difficult to design without crossing that fine line between stylish and cluttered. However, with so many cool furniture shops around, especially online, it’s easy to become enamored with everything we see and to make endless small purchases. Some people go the opposite direction and forget to style their hallways at all, leaving them bare and blank in a way that doesn’t quite match the aesthetic of the rest of their house. If you’re struggling with getting your hallway designed to your specifications, here are a few tips you can follow to get the ball rolling.

Mirror magic

The first trick to making a small hallway seem bigger is to invest in a large mirror, as it’ll reflect light and trick the eye into thinking there is more space than there is. Horizontally-placed mirrors are the go-to when it comes to elongating the look of your hallway. Furniture.ca’s Large Janus Mirror is perfect for a rustic/modern-rustic Scandinavian-styled home. Its impressive walnut finish is also a nice touch. For a more minimalist look, an Elsa Mirror is clean, modern and simple.

Kill the clutter… or revel in it

There are two schools of thought when it comes to hallway clutter. Some designers choose to go totally minimal, keeping hallways as clean and clutter-free as possible. This means having no shelves, no dressers and no tables blocking your hallways. Nixing the free-standing mirrors and coat hangers is also a way to keep the space clear. A few oversized paintings, photographs and/or mirrors with simple, neutral frames like Furniture.ca’s Lidija Wall Art is a great example of how you can draw the eye without distracting or making the space feel overbearing.

The Cartagena Hall Bench also

This bench strikes the perfect balance between functional and decorative, and would suit a home with modern design inspirations. You can display your coats, hats, scarves, dog leashes and shoes all in one place.

Light the way

Nothing makes a hallway seem more cramped than poor lighting, but the good thing is this problem can be an easy fix! Natural lighting from some large windows would be ideal, but for many homes, that is simply not an option. In such cases, look no further than Furniture.ca’s collection of lighting. Wall lighting or overhead lighting is a great way to compensate for a dark space.. Whether your lighting style is clean, chic or industrial, there are many options.The Epping lighting pendant — or the Engaged Two Light Wall Sconce are great examples of how you can make your space more industrial and modern, or glamorous and subtle, respectively.

De-cluttering 101

If it’s a ‘less is more’ mentality you seek, rather than a redesign, look no further: here are a few basic tips to help you sort through the junk in your life.

Purge –  You’d be surprised how often small things can clutter your home. This is especially true when you share a home, whether with roommates or if you’ve got a spouse,or children. Find smaller things you can discard or part with; it’s a great start to making your home more inhabitable.

Separate your belongings into bins or baskets, so that you can quickly and easily access the things you need without rummaging around and causing a mess.. Again, this is particularly relevant to homes filled with multiple people, or homes that haven’t had a chance to organize items. There’s nothing more chaotic than turning your home upside down in an effort to find something; worse, when you don’t have time to clean it up. This can be stressful and  with baskets you allow your hallways to become a chaotic mess.

Store your shoes somewhere; whether on a shelf, or in a bin. While it may be tempting to have a shoe-dumping ground where you can just kick off your sneakers at the end of the day, it can get really annoying to look at – and to sort through; especially if it’s your hallway or main corridor.

Tree Cabinet

This is an awesome multi-purpose piece that would fit right into a rustic home, that gives you a place to sit and to put away your coats and shoes.

With these basic tips in mind, you should be able to de-clutter your hallway in no time! A cluttered hallway or main entrance way can be the very first thing you see when you enter your home everyday, and the constant reminder and mess can really take its toll.  It only takes a few clicks of a button shopping online to find furniture to make the most of your clutter. What are you waiting for? You’re all clear to make your hallway more inhabitable. What will you do first?