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Make your hallway brighter with these 4 tips


The hallway might feel like a remote room – In many homes the hallway is a rather dark and uninspiring space. However, there are some easy steps to light up the hallway and in that way create a more inviting first impression of the home. Following are Essem Design’s four foremost tips for lighting up the dark and gloomy hallway.

With a lack of windows and natural lighting, it’s often a challenge to bright up the hallway. For many, the hallway remains dark regardless of the season. Nonetheless, there are some easy interior tricks to help you – Essem Design presents their foremost tips to light up the hallway.


Open hallway interior

Open interior solutions will help to light up the hallway. Replacing the ponderous closed closet with a hook strip or a hat rack will easier let in the available natural light into the room. Additionally, it’s important to declutter the things that aren’t essential to the functionality of the hallway.

Spegel för liten hallEssem Design´s classic hook strip with ‘school hooks’ is a great interior piece that’s functional and open ups the hallway.


Look over your choice of color and materials

We all know that a room with lighter walls, ceiling and floor feels more spacious and lighter. However, this also applies to color and material choices in the interior. Glossy interior details help to reflect light which will make you perceive the room as brighter. Aluminium hooks or a hat rack in brass are great examples of pieces that will brighten up your hallway.

Klädkrokar för liten hallGlossy interior details tend to light up a room since it reflects the light. In picture is Essem Design’s Dekorativ in white and brass.


Mirrors reflect and light up your hallway

Mirrors aren’t solely making a small space feel bigger than it is – it’s also a great way to light up the hallway. Mirrors have the effect of giving rooms depth as well as creating light which makes a room feel spacious and brighter. By placing a big mirror in the hallway you’ll get a brighter and more practical room.

hatthylla och skohylla för liten hallMirrors aren’t solely making a small space feel bigger than it is – it’s also a great way to light up. In picture is Essem Design’s Tillbakablick mirror.


Gather your interior pieces

Gathering the different interior details in the hallway is an important aspect to allow light to get into the hallway. A great approach is vertical storing – by utilising the room’s height, instead of cluttering the whole hallway, more light can get into the room. As a result, more empty spaces are created which makes the hallway not only seem bigger but also brighter.

Krokar och hatthylla för liten hallIn picture is Classic hat rack combined with Mama hooks in a vertical arrangement.



Selected products to brighten up your hallway

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From 26.00 EUR
Designer Stefan Borselius has provided Essem with a robust hook called Papa. Its strong back piece and long arm give it a unique appearance and allow several garments or hangers to be hung on top of each other.
From 90.00 EUR
Classic hook strip with ‘school hooks’. Available in many different designs and widths to fit your home.
From 181.00 EUR
Dekorativ was first put into production during the 60’s. It was designed by Gunnar Bolin with inspiration from a hook strip that he found at his mother in laws house. During the decades it has been popular because of it’s sturdiness and practicality but mostly because of its space saving qualities.

From 239.00 EUR
The Tillbakablick mirror from the Bedow design studio harks back to the modest design of the Shaker movement. Its practical design makes it easy to move. Made of birch plywood which has been either oiled or stained. Available in round and rectangular models.
From 144.00 EUR
Gunnar Bolin designed the Classic hat rack in the late 1950s. Classic. Its rounded form broke new ground and saved a lot of heads from sharp edges.
Black textured
From 26.00 EUR
Jonas Bergfeldt’s Mama wall hook is a characterful hook which gives a warm welcome with its open arms. Mama has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Swedish Design’ prize and has been commended at several international shows.