Storage: The problem with hallways is that they tend to become the dumping ground for coats and shoes, dog leads, boxes and packaging ready to go out to recycling or charity collections, but it is such a shame because first impressions count. So, before you start to think about lighting, colours and carpets think about what storage solutions will work best.
For this Wimbledon interior design project we created storage under the stairs with hanging space and drawers for all the unsightly everyday items. If your hallway doesn’t have enough space, tuck a cupboard just inside the kitchen or living room instead.
Once you have got all the clutter out of the way, you can choose the statement you want to make with creative rugs and runners, lovely lighting and highlighting any interesting architectural features.
Lighting: Good lighting is particularly important in hallways to set the mood you want when you enter your home and from a practical perspective, so that you can see properly as you move through areas that often have little natural light. Practical task lighting is required to help you enter and leave but you can have fun and create drama with statement decorative lighting such as oversized pendants.
It is worth spending time thinking about how you configure your light switching so you can easily light your way as you move through your house. There are a wide range of switch plates available to choose from to suit your style; gloss or satin, nickel or brass, white, black or transparent to vanish into your wall.
Colour: All rooms filter off the hallway and landing so the colour palette needs to tie the interiors together and create a look that’s coherent. Think about how the wall colours, flooring finishes, and materials meet.
If you are redecorating your whole home it is best to leave the hallway until last so that it doesn’t get dirty as your workmen move through the house, but you should think about it right at the start of your project so that you have a consistent thread running throughout. Sometimes your hallway will offer an obvious starting point for the colours you choose throughout your whole house. In this case the Edwardian tiles set the tone and is reflected in the paintings. The colour of the wood in the beautiful bespoke table, flows up from the floor.
Remember as you move through the house the natural light will have an effect on the paint colour so make sure to test the paint colour in different areas around your home, give some thought on the natural light source and the direction the interior faces.
Flooring: Be bold and choose patterned rugs to add character and personality to your home. A number of companies such as Alternative Flooring (above left) and Crucial Trading provide bespoke rug making services so that you can design the size and shape of your rug to fit perfectly and even add a border. Alternative Trading works in collaboration with a number of designers to create original designers – their latest collection is with Liberty Prints. We have also fallen slightly in love with a company, Weaver Green, who create rugs out of recycled plastic. They are just as soft as natural materials but are so practical and easy to clean you could even use them outside, perfect for hallways.
Sourcebook & Credits
Image 2. Lighting Design: Virginie Dunn, of Splash of Light
Image 3. Bespoke Table Design: Avocet Furniture avocetfurniture.co.uk