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How to add ‘wow factor’ to your hallway

If you own an apartment with a tiny hallway, painted in magnolia with several doors off it, and a bulb hanging from the ceiling that you haven't yet got around to putting a shade on, then this article is for you.

Just what do you do with hallways? They're awkward sizes, with no natural light and poky corners. How do you make the most out of the entry area? Here's how:

Mirrors They're a great way for giving the illusion of space. Fill a whole wall with one if the space is right. Or alternatively, play with shapes and sizes -- make wall art by forming different outlines and figures. Using one large one will give a classier finish though.

Lighting More than likely there will be no natural light, so you need to be creative.

If there are nice architectural features in the hall, then use spot lighting to accentuate them.

There are places that can make bespoke shades from pretty much any material that you choose in any size you like, so have a little fun with them.

Furniture Working with small, sometimes oddly shaped spaces can require ingenuity to make the best use of what you have.

If you've shopped until you're ready to drop and still haven't found anything that fits, then you may need something that is custom-made.

Colour To create the feeling of space, you're better off staying as neutral as possible on the walls. That doesn't mean you have to go with the bog-standard magnolia. There are beautiful colours out there so, check them out online or in the shops. But always get a sample and put it on the wall as each and every space will have its own shadows and shades, and what looks great on the palette, may not necessarily look so good on the wall.

Flooring The one material that can really give the ultimate in luxurious finishes is tiling. Nothing quite gives the 'wow' factor like tiles can when they are the first thing you see upon arriving in an apartment -- especially tiles in a large cream porcelain or Italian stone.

All in all, there are huge changes you can make to your hallway to enhance it. Remember to know when enough is enough, though. Taking all of the above on board in one small space might be a tad overkill.