Flooring
Flooring
An interiors inspiration post for ideas on how to style your hallway and staircase at home.
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Focal Point
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Simplicity
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Single Colour Palette
Single Colour Palette
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Storage
Storage
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Monochrome
Monochrome
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Seating
Seating
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Lighting
Lighting
An interiors inspiration post for ideas on how to style your hallway and staircase at home.

Heavenly Hallways

Author: Lolly Gautier-Ollerenshaw

One of the items on the top of my ‘shopping list’ prior to purchasing our house was  a hallway. Daft as it may sound, I was sick of opening the door at our then house and falling over the boy’s work boots into the living room. The lack of a buffer zone from the front door meant that dust and dirt was often tramped through the house and there was always a bit of a chill from the original but draughty front door. Talk about first world problems eh?!

So when we started looking around for house number two,  I made sure that if Ste was going to have his beloved driveway and garage, I was sure as hell going to get my hallway complete with handsome staircase and landing (and parquet floor and study and deluxe kitchen and woodburners…ahem). Comparatively the hallway in our new home isn’t that large by most standards (you can see a peek using the hashtag #middleparkroad on Instagram) but at least it’s there y’know. You can actually walk in the front door and there’s a bit of breathing space between the entrance and the rest of the house – well that’s what I’m telling myself since I’m yet to live there but that’s a whole other story.

In the meantime given that it’s interiors week I thought it might be an idea if I shared some of the best stairways and hallways that I’ve come across on my travels on the inter web which have inspired me on my own planning journey.

Flooring

Probably one of the first things you notice as you walk in any front door is the floor (or is that just me?!). Clearly the Victorians knew the impact of a carefully designed hallway floor – Minton eat your heart out. Be it a simple encaustic chequered floor, oak herringbone parquet, stripped back wide pine boards or lime washed planks – each and every option has a healthy dose of the x factor. I had my heart set on a dark and light grey diamond shaped chequered floor before our plans changed and we realised that the hall would actually flow into the main area of the kitchen. Instead I’ll be looking at a parquet floor or a  palette sourced floor instead. That said there are some really gorgeous tiles to be had out there – both Topps Tiles and Fired Earth have wonderful ranges with special promotions running at the moment. Lastly if you’re looking to add a splash of warmth to an otherwise cool floor then it’s all about the rugs – French Connection has some corkers this season!

Colour Schemes

I’m having a bit of a moment with the grey colour spectrum hence the dominance of the monochrome inspiration here. Apologies in advance for this. In theory I love the idea of a white hallway, so clean (!) so crisp (!) (my previous house utilised an all-white colour scheme downstairs) but in practise I’ve found it’s possibly the worse colour to use in a hall and up a staircase particularly due to the high traffic (and bumps and bashes and scuffs) that this part of the house endures. Grey colour schemes then are a great compromise particularly when paired with jet black or charcoal grey handrails, treads and risers for the modern home. Pay attention also to key details such as skirting boards, spindles and newel posts which help to structure a space and add elegance.

Seating

We’re a no-shoes house which often means that many people uncomfortably wobble round trying to take their footwear on and off at the front door. I’m desperate to incorporate an old school bench that was bought for us as a wedding present from Baileys Home & Garden three years ago into our new hall in order to give folks somewhere to sit whilst they pull their shoes back on. In reality though I’m not sure that we’ll be able to fit it in and still manage to squeeze past with our shopping bags which makes me sad because there’s nothing better than a bit of handy seating in the hall. Where a bench won’t fit (in either style or space) then it might be worth considering purchasing an armchair instead. For a budget friendly option it’s worth scouring eBay for an chair that needs a bit of love and then having it reupholstered (either by yourself or by a professional). I’ve picked up several chairs from the site – all of which I snagged for under £20 – which are all as perfect (if not better) as anything you might find in the shops.

Lighting

I’m on the hunt for the perfect hall light. I’m yet to find it but I’m after that perfect combination of statement lighting but nothing so ridiculous that it would overpower our not so huge hallway. It also needs to harmonise with our 1930s house while possessing enough modern design to complement the rest of our decor . Is that a bit of a tall order? I’m kind of liking this one from M&S but I’m not sure if it’s hallway-ish enough or has enough of an impact. Anyway I digress, I really love both the chandelier and the clear lantern in the slider gallery at the end here. They’re classy without screaming look at me which I think is important when it comes to your entranceway; welcoming as opposed to offputting.

So there we have it – a quick round-up of my favourite hallways. Are any of you planning a refurb of your own homes any time soon or perhaps like Hannah whose house we featured yesterday you’re in the thick of it.

And can anyone suggest any shops, online or otherwise, I should be looking at to help solve my lighting dilemmas?

Image sources | Whitewashed Parquet | Wood Parquet | White Cabin Stairs | Stairs With Hall Table | Black Rail On Landing | Black Stairs and Picture | Dark Stair Treads and Mirror | All-White Staircase | Four Hats | Two Hats | Stairs With Picture Gallery | Shoes On Stairs | Bench | Armchair By Stairs |Chequered Floor | Stripped Pine Floor

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16 thoughts on “Heavenly Hallways

  1. Love the inspiration! We are currently undergoing a kitchen extension (while heavily pregnant – why did I think this was a good idea?!!) so my lovely hallway currently resembles a warzone… On your seating, have you considered flip-up seating?! Skagerak did some lovely seats, can’t find the link but I’m sure you could find it. Or old cinema seats etc. Could be quite fun, without taking up loads of space. Good luck with your house renovations – I’m excited to see what it looks like at the end, if you will be sharing! x

    1. Hi Annie if it’s any consolation I got pregnant (without intending to!) a month after buying our house so spent the vast proportion of my pregnancy trying to help on the DIY front with the house but being generally in the way. Flip up seating is a genius idea and definitely one to investigate further (I shall set up a Pinterest board devoted entirely to this aim!) and I definitely intend to share once it’s complete. And Rothschild and Bickers is definitely on my list although the other half had a heart attack at the prices….I’ll have to pretend I got them in the sale…

  2. Very apt timing as usual! I’ve just painted the living room grey (F&B Ammonite) and my husband is worried the whole house is going that way! I’m considering painting the hall dark dark blue, along the Hague blue lines but I’m worried it will be too much. I haven’t been able to find much in the way of inspo on Pinterest either. I just think if you don’t really spend any time there then why not go all out?!

    1. So jealous Jen – I really want to paint the downstairs loo in Hague Blue complete with moody lighting and a giant mirror on one wall. The boy said I was being ridiculous and how was anyone supposed to be able to see in there which I said wasn’t the point. I think I’m going to do it anyway since the rest of the house will be lighter and brighter and as you say I’m really not intending to spend a huge amount of time in there. Not heard of Ammonite but will check it out on my paint charts now (is it a new colour?)

  3. We are wrangling out the final details for building regs before getting going with our barn conversion… With our six month old in tow! I love the all white downstairs scheme, dreaming of limewash, stone and shining glass with beautiful pops of colour like the rugs you link to. Our hall will be a glass box bridging between the barn and current cottage so it’s great fun to think of ways to use that space- thank you! Would love to show you round virtually when it is finally done- wish you could post pics in the comments as its so derelict right now!

    1. Lucy we’d love to have a look at your home. Perhaps it’s something you might want to share on RMS – it sounds AMAZING! If you want drop me an email and we can talk about it a bit more…

  4. Love these images! A hallway was essential for me too and we have one, I love it. I really want to paint my staircase as it’s mahogany at the moment but I keep putting it off because I know it’ll be such a big job! All those spindles!! Have you looked at gardentrading.co.uk for lighting? I love their range, I have the fishing lights and a few of the Paris pendants in my house. Can’t wait to see your house renovation! x

    1. Sarah we actually have quite a few Garden Trading lights in boxes ready for the kitchen and the utility – we have Cavendish in chalk and the Rennes pendant too but both aren’t quite jazzy enough for the hall. Love the company though!

  5. Lovely! Fab post Lolly.

    We’ve just replastered the hall and landing and bought the paint (F&B Dorset Cream) – we get a lot of sun through the hallway and the mellow warmth of the light coming through has led us to have a warmer scheme, so we’re going for that sunshiney tone with lots of natural wood.

    As far as lighting goes we’re having our own dilemma. The previous owners got rid of the ceiling lights so we have two wall lights instead – top and bottom of the stairs, we’ve considered just replacing them as they still do the job where they are, but need something that wont just throw light in one direction. They need to light the whole space, not just accents of light. Nightmare. I’m currently favouring these from Heals https://www.heals.com/junction-wall-light.html but ask me in a week and I’ll have probably changed my mind!

    Has anybody seen any lovely wall lights around that may fit the bill? all links welcomed xx

    1. Karen those lights are ruddy gorgeous – have added them to my lighting board so thanks for the tip off. I’m yet to spot anything for you in return but as soon as I come across anything I will let you know. I’m thinking that these are pretty unbeatable though…

      1. They are stunning arent they! I already have visions of my father in law walking headlong into one though… the positioning of the existing lights in an utter nightmare xx

  6. We’re just about to move into our new house (finally! House buying takes sooo long) and am going pinterest crazy planning the reno. I love a good dark wall, I’m thinking hague blue, or even railings (eek!) but wasn’t sure I was brave enough. Love your point though about the staircase/hallway being the main thoroughfare and therefore scuffing the most – so maybe this could be the place to go dark…
    Lolly and others – what other interiors blogs do you follow? Keen to get as much inspiration as possible!

    1. Rebecca – definitely go dark! We’re going grey although which shade is yet to be decided and you might want to check out Lauren’s post about decorating with dark shades…lots of great advice there.
      I like Dustjacket Attic although this is a bit of everything rather than just Interior Design, Lobster and Swan, Coco Lapine Design and SF Girl by Bay. I think they’re the main ones…

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