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Entry Hall Furniture & Decorating

The placing and arranging of furniture in an entry hall or hallway and ideas for decorating halls.

From arranging furniture in a living room and bedroom furniture placement we approach halls. An entry hall may be either a draughty passage or a spacious room, and halls that rise to the dignity of a fireplace may be furnished as one would furnish a comfortable sitting room. For the narrow hall there should be as little furniture as possible, because what little there is will always be in the way. Once and for all time the hanging of hats and coats on exposed pegs in a hall should be abolished as a habit. Every hall should have a wardrobe, a cupboard, or a curtained recess, and the unlovely hall stand should go the way of all ugly things. A gun rack makes an excellent resting-place for sticks and umbrellas and will take a much larger number than any hall-stand.

An oak settle, a coffer, rush-seated chairs, any simple oak furniture is excellent in a hall, for oak has a welcoming note in its appearance, a cheerful and inviting warmth of tone. Cromwellian chairs in dark wood, with their leather work polished and gleaming, or turned chairs of the sixteenth century, or the stiff, rather uncomfortable, carved Elizabethan chairs that are not much use in a sitting room but are very attractive to look at; such types can well be used in halls.

There should be cheerful lighting ; good, warm colour ; no pallid attempts to imitate old-world illuminations and limitations by electric candles in brass lanterns with celluloid in place of the original cloudy, yellowish horn. A Venetian lantern on the newel post of a staircase is charming, and silk panels can screen the electric bulb inside and soften and distribute the radiance.

Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall, 1838.

The hall, staircase landings and corridors often provide spaces for furniture that may be beautiful without possessing any further recommendation, such as utility or comfort; but in spite of the accommodation it offers, the hall must never be allowed to degenerate into a mere museum of discomfort. It should retain a favourable character, for it is the room responsible for first impressions in nearly every house.

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