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Hallway Lowboards

Hallways located at entrances and other locations are places of respite to catch your breath, take off shoes and enjoy a glass of lemonade. Many times decorators use furniture such as lowboards to invite people within the space, and they also serve as practical pieces for storing items used in the course of a day. Review the inventory of styles, materials and colours to find a lowboard you'll fall in love with and accessories to create a space that's homey and inviting.

Styles

Whether you're buying furniture for the hallway or using a living room lowboard to hold your television and entertainment system, choose a style that speaks to your decorating tastes. An antique style lowboard with its decorative trim and ornate design can become the focal point of a room and house CDs, DVDs, puzzles and other paraphernalia. If you have exposed ceiling beams in your hallway, a rustic or primitive lowboard gives the space a cabin feeling and a touch of vintage charm.

Materials

Both metal and wooden options can have you reminiscing about times you shared with friends and family gathered around or seated on the furniture. Hard-wearing pieces like teak lowboards hold up to spilled drinks while resisting a termite or two that wants to take up residence. Likewise, ones made from metal last a lifetime and oxidise over time to take on an older look.

Colours

A decorator's dream is having a multi-coloured lowboard to use as primary colour palette when adding other furnishings to the room. For example, you could coordinate curtains, pictures frames and pillows with the colours in the lowboard. Use a white lowboard when you prefer a contemporary or French country look or a brown one that complements any decorating scheme.

Hallway Decor Accessories

Since a hallway may also serve as a foyer, it's the first area guests see upon arrival. Add a small chest or cabinet to store hats and scarves or a side table to place your keys and mail. To make more use of the space, put up an oval, square or rectangular mirror because everyone enjoys taking a last-minute look before heading out the door.

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