Classic entrance halls for a traditional look

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The entrance hall in your home is the ideal place to choose a classic-inspired decorating scheme, especially if you are lucky enough to have a large space that doubles up as a room in its own right. An imposing staircase design and large entrance hall can certainly create the wow factor and provide the perfect first impression for your guests.

Choose a traditional hallway wallpaper with a bold or ornate design to create impact and choose a colour from it for the carpet, lighting and accessories to tie the scheme together. Alternatively, choose a bold or intricately patterned carpet and keep the rest of the scheme neutral so that it doesn’t overwhelm the space. Carpet runners are a fabulous way to introduce colour to your staircase drawing you eye up the stairs, finish off the look with stair rods and paint the banisters for an elegant look.

If you are lucky enough to have original period features in your entrance hall such as architectural mouldings, high skirting boards and sweeping banisters, enhance them with a coat of paint that ties in with your wallpaper choice or be brave and choose a bold colour that will highlight them within the room.

Antique furniture works well in a classic scheme, so if you have the space place a pedestal table in the middle of the hall and hang a statement chandelier or pendant light above it as a central focal point. Console tables, sideboards and chests of drawers are also useful as they provide practical storage for household belongings. Position a mirror above it to enhance the feeling of space.

Image credit: Paul Raeside
Image credit: Chris Everard
Image credit: Paul Raeside

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