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Wide Hall - what to do?
Loula WilsonFebruary 4, 2013
We recently purchased a creole cottage in Fairhope, AL. Our front entrance hallway measures 14" by 8". A narrower corridor leads from the hall to family room/kitchen. We have a beautiful stain-glass window over the front door. Just can't figure out how to make the space homier. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I would place a round table in the middle where the hall opens up to the kitchen and family room. It should be right under the chandelier. You could try this out using your gateleg table that is presently against the wall. A rug, approximately 6 x 9, would help warm up the space.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 8:24AM
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Melanie Venuto
I agree with Carolyn about the rug, and if you prefer to leave the table where it is, just accessorize it. Add a vase with fresh flowers, maybe a decorative frame or another accessory. Gorgeous dog, btw.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:04AM
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Rashmi Shrinath
You can add interesting pegs and coat hangers on one side and add a bench with shoe cabinets on the other.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:15AM
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Jayme H.
Rugs would help...a lamp on the table you have there already would be inviting.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:35AM
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janishill
Though I no longer live in Alabama, Fairhope has always been one of my favorite places on earth. I hope to retire to that area in the near future.

I would find a traditional rug that contains some of the colors from the stained glass as well as reflecting the rectangular shape of the door panels and the windows panes.

Add a lovely, tall cut glass vase filled with greenery or seasonal flowers to your half-moon table or a lamp, a short stack of books and a small interesting decorative item.

Then I would add short urns with topiaries on both sides of the door.

To the right of the door I would add a large mirror to reflect the light (and to peek in before answering the door) and to the left I would put that collection of small mirrors you have across from the table.

On the wall where the mirrors are now I would hang 3 prints in identical frames vertically about 2" apart. Or an entire series from the top to the bottom of the wall.

Painting the ceiling in high gloss paint will increase it's reflective qualities and make the space feel more welcoming.

Hope to see updates!
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:38AM
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The Look Interiors, Inc.
Loula, Please double check your measurement. The hall appears to be 6' wide to me. As stated above, a rug in colors that work with your beautiful stain glass transom will look great. I'd look for a wide runner that is 9 to 10 feet in length. I would definitely paint the hallway in a deeper tone. It will feel richer, more elegant and welcoming. Be sure the color works well with surrounding rooms, the rug and the stained glass window. I would replace the legged table with a cabinet, no deeper than the wall alongside it (not including trim and approximately the same width as your existing table). I'd hang a large mirror over the cabinet (slightly less width than cabinet) and add a buffet lamp and some greenery on top of the cabinet. A cabinet, rather than a legged table, will give more visual weight and interest to the hallway. You could add decorative wall hangings on either side of the entry door. Something like the attached would work, but subject to your taste and the style of your home, of course. Good luck and look forward to seeing your finished project.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:01AM
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Loula Wilson
Thank you! You were correct... It's about 6' 6" wide. Great ideas!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:18AM
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Loula Wilson
Thank you. Found a pretty rug yesterday that I am trying. Thoings are looking better already! Am looking for a lamp too. Simple solutions!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:21AM
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Loula Wilson
Thank you also!
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:22AM
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Loula Wilson
Very creative ideas! Thanks.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:23AM
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Loula Wilson
Marlyn is a cutie and 13! Thanks
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:24AM
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Loula Wilson
Will try the round table! Thank you.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:25AM
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yfuoco
I would put matching demi-lune tables at the front entrance with mirrors above, Further down the hall , where the table is now I would add a bench (you could add a matching bench on the other side) with a group of artwork above.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:43PM
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The Look Interiors, Inc.
Loula, from a designer's perspective, a 6'6" wide hallway is too narrow to accommodate any size table placed in the center. Be careful placing furniture pieces near the door, especially to the side where the door swings open, so guests can enter and exit easily. You want the hallway to feel warm and welcoming, but not crowded, so it still feels like a "grand" entrance. The rug will really help with this. Many of the excellent suggestions have been made based on the assumption that you have 8' width.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:09PM
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janishill
I based my suggestions on it being a narrower hallway; hence no table in the middle and topiaries on either side of the door.

Hope you will post updates.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 3:42PM
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Interiors International, Inc.
A center rug with matched mirrored demi-lune console tables on each wall. above those a pair if Venetian mirrors. Add assorted candles, boxes and flowers to the tables and voila you have a grand entrance.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:15PM
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