Not a room, strictly speaking, but in the majority of homes, the hallway is the first impression you get of a house. Which is why I am here to implore you not to neglect it – treat it as you would any other room, lavish care and attention onto it and put your own stamp on it…
This space is a total mishmash of styles but do you know what, it just works somehow. The colourful Victorian-style floor tiles take centre stage, hence the neutral walls, yet the colour of the retro chair jumps out at you and is a great example of how combining shades from the same palette (blues and teals in this case), can be a simple but effective trick. Throw in a decorative, shabby chic wheelbarrow and a bit of greenery and you’ve got yourself a funky room.
Now, all-white is not normally my thing but in the case of this colourful stairway, even I realise that it’s necessary to allow the bright green balusters to pop. It’s such an easy update and the colour combinations are endless – think rainbow colours, alternating shades or random combinations with no pattern whatsoever. Fancy a change? No problem – let you imagination run wild.
There are three elements that make this last hallway for me: the beautiful mottled stone flooring, the canes and umbrellas in the stand and the dog in the doorway. It has a wonderfully worn, rustic feel and, thanks to the neutral decor, the furniture can easily be added to and mixed up – the owners could quite easily switch the chair for a wooden coat stand or hang a heavy drape over the door. But, I think the best thing about this room is the beautifully soft light: I get the feeling that stepping foot through the door would transport me back to happier, calmer, less complicated times of a bygone era. Emily
Read more →