As a primarily transitional room, the commonplace hallway can often suffer from decorating neglect when in fact its the perfect place to stamp your style and create a welcoming space for guests.
The floor is a good place to start. Carpet and tiles are an obvious choice due to high traffic, but as its the first place visitors will see, take the opportunity to be a little more inventive. Layered rugs will elongate the length of the hall and draw the eye through to the end. You could also add a border to a patterened tiled floor to give it another dimension, or paint the skirting boards in a bright colour to frame the space.
Wallpaper can be a striking addition, but be careful to choose a design that isnt too overwhelming if your hall is narrow or you have a low ceiling.
The staircase is often the focal point of a hallway, so be sure to create a real showstopper. Tailor the finish to suit your style concrete will create a modern, urban vibe while also being very hardwearing and cold rolled steel is another option that would give the space an industrial edge. If colour is your thing, a bold and graphic stair runner will liven up your stairs while protecting them from the wear and tear of daily traffic. Be bold in your choice of pattern as a runner will not overwhelm the space and is a great way of creating impact.
Decorating the treads themselves with mosaics or tiles will jazz them up a treat alternatively update plain stairs with a pot of paint and simple stencils in numbers, words or images. Meanwhile, liven up banisters with a lick of paint on the spindles in graduating colours from light to dark from the bottom to the top.
If space permits, a choice piece of furniture can be a striking addition to a hallway. A side table in a statement colour can help pull together a scheme and unite the look.
Be creative with lighting for a gorgeous glow. Strands of fairy lights and lanterns add twinkly romance to this otherwise simple hallway.
Make a feature by sourcing reclaimed industrial doors for your hallway. Soften the look by adding quirky accessories.
Go round the twist with spiral stairs. Consider a sculptural spiral staircase as a focal point to your new home or renovation.
Space-saving stairs are a great solution in tight spots like this narrow hallway.
Incorporate a show-stopping glass staircase as a focal point in your home. This is also a fantastic solution for maximising natural light and creating an airy, spacious feel.
Create a lightshow by illuminating your stair risers. This clever idea also helps light the way for midnight snackers and night-owls.
Build customised stairs with statement storage. These clever shelving nooks not only maximise storage space, but create visual interest and a place to display treasured items.
Make a feature out of your staircase with unusual details. These mirrored mosaics add definite glamour and wow-factor, and help illuminate the space by bouncing light.