If homes are our personal palace, then the spaces between rooms are the guiding light to our best features. Dozens of items squashed into a hallway doesn’t make for an attractive ‘hello’ to visitors; on the other hand, an empty space will sap a landing or hallway of the personality that you so carefully infuse into other areas of the house.
Decorating tight or awkwardly-shaped stretches doesn’t have to be a chore. To make the most of every inch of your interiors, we have a few suggestions to help you use these spaces more effectively:
A bright idea
Give guests a regal greeting as they enter your home or ascend the stairs, with impressive floor lamps that illuminate the nooks and crannies of your hallway or landing. They don’t take much floor space, and they come in all sorts of shapely designs and colourful shades.
Bespoke furniture, like custom-designed wooden lamps, will add old-fashioned charm to your home, whilst floor lamps with wafer-thin stands are progressive and minimalist for modern homes. Balance the shade right and you’ll hit the jackpot for a subdued, inviting atmosphere.
Hard-working office furniture
Although tablet devices and laptops have overtaken the desktop, many of us still crave the den-like feel of an office station placed against a wall. For fitted home study furniture, remember to stay away from anything garish. A large oak desk might look grand in your dreams, but it could dominate a small stretch of hallway.
Instead, hunt for something that nails the basics: just under two feet is about the right height, and you’re onto a winner if your desk features built-in compartments for filing and storage. Bespoke desks can be shaped to slot into corners, so consider where you might like to work before a layout is set in stone.
Landing on a new look
When decorating your landing, it’s vital to ensure that furniture doesn’t intrude on anyone trying to get up the stairs. For this reason, the standard approach is to blanket surrounding wall space with framed pictures or canvases, but they aren’t the only weapons in your arsenal.
Clocks are ideal for adding flavour and functionality to otherwise tertiary décor. Grandfather clocks may be a bit much for some, yet they can be a quirky addition to period properties, along with high-set tables with ornaments or vases. Even a small chair, placed invitingly in an intersection, gives a semblance of variety, providing guests with comfortable seating to wait for the bathroom.
Every part of our home should receive the same level of care and attention; it’s your canvas, and you wouldn’t want a blotch to spoil the whole picture. From bespoke furniture to creative décor, there are plenty of ways to transform even the most compact hallways and landings into a spectacular space.
To discover how we could give those neglected walkways in your home a makeover, call Hartleys Rooms on 01756 700471, or pop into our Skipton showroom for endless interior design inspiration.