‘One-off unique pieces create interest in awkward or small spaces,’ notes interior designer Natalia Miyar, who designed this scheme. ‘I have a few favourite locations for sourcing objects but I also design bespoke pieces that make a statement using interesting colors and textures. A strong piece of art is also a great way to draw focus to a space – often you need little else to bring life to the walls and it can create a talking point in a spot like a hallway where you pause to greet someone.’ If the space is large enough, do make sure to include a surface for the practicalities of everyday life, such as a pretty catch-all for your car keys or a decorative coaster if you always have a coffee cup in your hand.
A MURAL WITH DRAMA
‘“Through” spaces like a stairwell provide great opportunities for doing something strong,’ says Jemma Cave, design director of de Gournay. ‘As you don’t have to be with it all day, you can do something more fun in this kind of space.’ A panoramic mural can not only transport you to another space (figuratively as well as literally!), but by choosing a nature-inspired design, the boundaries between indoors and out can become blurred, especially if the exterior as glimpsed from windows echoes the scene on the walls. This will have a restful, restorative, comforting effect. Hand-painted Redwoods panoramic wallpaper in original design colours on Brushed Gold gilded paper, from £1,857 per panel, de Gournay.
PRACTICAL & INVITING
‘To create a welcoming hallway, think about the impact the space will have when you first walk in,’ says luxury home accessories maker, Birdie Fortescue. Take inspiration from this space by designing a cosy spot to sit, layered with piles of cushions for warmth and beauty. ‘If you have space, a rug with a practical texture is a great addition, particularly underneath a well-proportioned hall table,’ says Birdie. Ilex lampshade in Dusky Red, from £40; woven wall baskets, from £52.50 each; Bel Stripe cushions in Dusky Red and Soft Blue, £65 each; Asian batik cushion, from £90; Catifea pleated velvet cushion in Dusky Red, £75; Catifea embroidered velvet cushion in Midnight, £75, all Birdie Fortescue.
BURST OF JOY
‘It’s easy to forget about hallways as they are thoroughfares rather than places we spend time,’ says Sarah Peake, founder of Studio Peake. ‘It’s therefore crucial to be bold with pattern and colour – something to lift the spirits when you walk in.’ The wallpaper is Thibaut Indian Flower.
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