Hallway Woes: Making The Best Out Of Your Entrance

*Not my hallway, nothing like my current dark, uninspired hallway. I have plans though to make mine look as inviting as this fabulous example.

I love my home, truly I do. I don’t, however, love my hallway. It is a dumping ground for coats, doesn’t get enough light and does nothing to inspire me. It’s time for a switch up in both the style and practicality departments.

Despite what people say, first impressions do count. So, when it comes to your hallway, you should make the most of the space you have available. The entrance to your home sets the tone for the rest of your property so it’s important to take care of it, after all, no one wants to be stumbling over shoes and coats after they come in from work, do they?

If like me, you’re looking for some new hallway inspiration these tips may help:

Hallway Flooring

The entrance to your home sees a lot of traffic. So it’s understandable if the floor has seen better days. Now is the time to spruce up your flooring and you can totally transform the space in an instant! If your hallway is on the narrow side or small side then avoid loud, busy carpet prints. You could add a touch of class or glamour with some hardwood flooring or keep things simple and maintainable with a simple laminate. If you’d like some more flooring ideas then click here.

You could always add a hallway runner if you don’t want to commit to full flooring solution. At least if it gets dirty, you can freshen it up again with ease! With two boys and a husband with big work boots, I need something serviceable yet nice looking.

Hallway Colours

You’ll want to make your hallway as inviting as possible, so your next course of action is to pick up that paint roller. Choose colours that are light and fresh, something like white or an off cream. If you’d prefer something not as sterile as white, or you envisage wiping mud and marks from the walls for the rest of your life then try a pale blue or a light grey.

If you prefer wallpaper and would like some kind of pattern, then opt for a large pattern; geometric styles are a popular choice. Just steer clear of small, busy patterns.

Introduce Some Culture

With your newly painted, light coloured walls, you’ve created the perfect canvas to hang some artwork. Whether it’s something calming, something bright or something that’ll evoke thought every time you walk through the door, hanging art is a great way to give your home a personal touch as well as a luxurious look.

Add a Hallway Mirror (Or Two)

Mirrors are a quick and easy way to add light and space to any room, making them ideal in smaller hallways. You can create a focal point with a statement mirror and check your lipstick with ease before you step outside and take on the day.

Hallway Organisation

There’s nothing more stressful then a messy room, and if your hallway is blocked up with pairs of shoes, coats draped on the floor, toys, wellies, the dogs lead and whatever else has found itself dumped there, then just getting inside your home can be a struggle! Keep everything in check with some easy storage solutions. High shelves, a table with a bowl for your keys, hooks for coats placed at various levels so everyone can hang their coat up without help!


Understanding Ramadan and What it Means for Muslims

It’s important to us that the boys know, understand and respect other cultures and religions. We have always been clear on the fact that what any individual believes (or not) is their choice but that in the same vein, others are allowed the same freedom to choose. School teach our children a lot about different religions and customs. It’s also up to us, as adults, to fill in the gaps for ourselves. This post may help a little with one religious period that is fast approaching, Ramadan.

RamadanLiving in a multicultural society means that we often hear about many occasions in different cultures that we may, perhaps, not know that much about. One such occasion that isn’t all that far away that will be marked by millions around the world, including the United Kingdom, is Ramadan which falls between 15 May and 14 June.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is regarded as one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar and is a period of reflection and a time where Muslims make extra opportunity to show faith in their religion. One of the most widely-known aspects of Ramadan is the fast that Muslims undertake during daylight hours.

From the first ray of sunlight until night has completely overtaken day, those fasting will abstain from food and drink. During the lunar month, which falls on different days each year, Muslims will wake early for breakfast (Suhoor) and break their fast at night for an evening meal (Iftar).

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, which is one of the biggest celebrations in Islam to mark the completion of Ramadan.

Ramadan Traditions

As well as the fasting that takes place during the month, there are a number of traditions that Muslims also follow. As charity makes up one of the obligatory five pillars of Islam, giving donations based on a percentage of profitable financial income, also known as zakat, can be made.

While Muslims are not duty-bound to pay zakat in the actual month of Ramadan, many choose this time as the ideal period to pay as it is the month of blessings. As the amount for each individual differs, Muslims are required to calculate their total zakat before making the donation. Further information on this practice can be found here: https://www.muslimaid.org/zakat-charity/

Nightly prayers are another tradition that many Muslims choose to follow during Ramadan, although this is Ramadannot compulsory, it is highly recommended. During these prayers, it is also common that the Holy Qur’an is recited in sections (each being 1/30 of the Holy Qur’an), meaning that it would have been recited in its entirety by the end of the month.

Not all Muslims Fast During Ramadan

Although the majority of Muslims do observe the fast during Ramadan, there are some who do not. There are various reasons as to why someone may not fast; this can be down to circumstantial or health-related matters (such as menstruation, pregnancy or illness). This results in a forfeit by way of payment to charity – also known as fidya.  

While children may be encouraged to fast, it is not compulsory that they take part. Only from the age of puberty are children expected to observe the fast.

Ramadan in Muslim Countries

In predominantly Muslim countries, such as the Middle East for example, it is common for shops and restaurants to only put on limited staff during the daytime and open up following the fast. In tourist hotspots such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, while visitors are encouraged to respect the religious practice by not eating and drinking in public places, they are still permitted to carry on as normal in private places such.

As temperatures in these countries can be extremely hot, soaring to upwards of 30°C, some local residents choose to sleep during the day to shorten the hours of the fast. Tourists are advised to make preparations should they travel during the month of Ramadan, taking into account the heat and restrictions, if any.

Around the world, roughly 93% of Muslims observe Ramadan, making the holy month a truly international event, culminating in one of the biggest celebrations on any calendar.

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