Clever storage solutions turned this retro hallway into a maximalist’s delight

It’s a room-come-treasure trove!

hallway with shelving and storage
(Image credit: Bespoke Carpentry London)

If you’re someone who loves showing off their finds and collections, then you’ll want to check out this surprising retro hallway, which features clever storage to make it a maximalist’s delight. 

Hallways aren’t always known for being the place to display your favourite trinkets and are often more of a practical, walk-through area, however, if you’re looking for landing ideas or easy hallway transformations then you might want to take a leaf out of this owner’s book.

Landing makeover

When Raymond Marshall, who lives in Ealing, London, took on a loft conversion and reconfiguration of his flat, it left him with a landing that was pretty much a blank canvas. ‘I spent around £60k on the conversion,’ he says, ‘and was keen to create my own sanctuary upstairs.’

With lots of artwork, books, figurines and memorabilia, Raymond turned to the upstairs hallway and landing as an area to show them off.


before shot of a hallway

(Image credit: Bespoke Carpentry London)

The walls were bare of any storage, and needed decorating after the work on Raymond’s home was carried out. 

before shot of an empty room with red wall

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The red wall in an adjoining room was the perfect spot to add in some shelving – and display a rather large collection of books.


room with shelving for books

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Bringing on Bespoke Carpentry London to help maximise every inch of the space, meant Raymond’s blank walls were suddenly home to shelving for books of all sizes – including above the top of the window frame. 

‘This area is somewhere I can take solace and inspiration from all the things I’ve collected over the years,’ says Raymond. ‘I think it’s important to be bold and unique with your choices.’

shelf and gallery wall in hallway

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On the landing, wood cubbyholes, also by Bespoke Carpentry London, have been run along the length of the space, keeping items on display and utilising the top of the walls. 

‘I love that this is a unique space,’ says Raymond. ‘It’s an expression of everything that I am and I trusted my instincts and didn’t slavishly commit to trends or fashion.’

gallery wall on staircase with shelving

(Image credit: Bespoke Carpentry London)

Below the cubbyhole shelving, a gallery of artworks makes a great stairway wall idea

So what is Raymond’s advice for anyone looking to create an equally eclectic hallway design? ‘Collect items over time,’ he says. ‘My flat is constantly evolving from day to day with new finds and I like rearranging existing pieces.’

Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at