• Olivia Hartley

How to transform your hallway and landing space

Updated: Nov 28, 2019

Hallways and landings are often the last spaces we decorate in our homes. In some ways this is rightly so. If you’re renovating a property or decorating a new build, it’s likely the hallway and landing will take a small battering due to ladders, decorating materials and furniture being moved in and out. Or sometimes we run out of steam, cash or inspiration. But your hallway and landing can be a space where you can add an extra dash of creativity and, quite literally, create a grand entrance. And if you are blessed with ample square footage, it can become a space that really works for you.

Firstly, consider the space you’re working with. When modest period homes were first built, the hallway was designed to be a transient space, merely a corridor to allow you to pass to the next room, so it may be lacking in light and floor space. But what you might lack in floor space can be redeemed in period details such as corbels and cornicing, both of which add character and interest. If you have a large enough landing space, you may want to consider making this a more useful area of the home or simply an area to add drama and interest.

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This small narrow hallway feels bright and airy due to the crisp white palette and use of a large mirror to bounce around light. This makes the most of the space with a radiator cover doubling as a console to give storage and space for personalisation. Source: Pinterest

Brightening up that space

In a bedroom or living room we tend to advocate for calming colours and schemes so why not have a bit of fun in the hallway or landing! Bold oversized artwork or striking black and white photography looks great in both period and modern homes. Gallery walls leading up the stairs are quite commonplace so why not do something different such as a neon family motto or a triptych of mirrors?

Don’t skimp on the lighting in a hallway, this is an area that you regularly open up to visitors and lighting will be visible from the door, so if you don’t have space for sculptures or elaborate plants then add some drama with a striking statement light. Pendant lights hanging from ceiling voids can look especially dramatic. Always consider head height though and don’t hang low hanging lights too close to the stairs or you’ll forever be banging your head!

Stepping it up

If you are replacing worn stair carpet you can add detail with a stair runner instead. Most carpets can be edged and bound to become a stair runner and companies like Axminster have got some amazing geometric and patterned styles. Stair rods are jewellery for your stairs adding a touch of luxe and they come in a variety of finishes.

For a pared back look, and for those that are not averse to the sounds of small elephants thundering up and down the stairs, rip up carpets and paint the treads and let your imagination run riot. I have seen some great results by wallpapering the rise (the part of the step that isn’t underfoot) and even tiling.

As mentioned previously, hallways can take a bit of a battering, especially with kids in the house so panelling is another option. Consider painting all mouldings, stairs, spindles and the balustrade the same colour in a hard-wearing eggshell for a durable dent-proof finish that should stand up to a dozen match box cars being raced up the walls. Continue with the same paint colour up the wall for a modern, streamlined look or go for a bold wallpaper above the dado height. Check out Harlequin, Romo and Scion for some bold geometrics, or Prestigious Textiles and Designers Guild for bright and airy oversized florals.

Beautiful flat weave stair runner from Roger Oates design complete with brushed nickel stair rods.

Make the most of your space

Landing and hallway spaces can be made to work harder by creating a reading nook or library if it’s quite a grand scale! If you don’t have a separate study in the house why not create one in dead space between eaves or under the stairs? Ladder desks also work well in tight spaces as they provide a decent amount of storage for a small footprint.

Consider some striking pieces of furniture as a focal point: a bold console table (useful for throwing your bag and keys onto) or a stylish coat and boot rack if you don’t have an under stairs cupboard.

An old armoire or pantry cupboard works brilliantly as a linen cupboard placed centrally to the bedrooms on the landing; this is both practical and stylish.

If your hallway is quite narrow, paint the end wall darker – including any doors if you dare - to make it appear wider. Chevron floors are great for drawing the eye length-wards and making a poky entrance hall seem larger.

Read our previous blogpost on how to use colour in the home if you have a specific problem that could be solved with changing the colour of your hallway and landing.

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