The Interior Design Brief
Helen and Andy got in touch about their hallway and needed some help. It was a large space to fill and they felt it lacked oomph. Having played around with paint and wallpaper samples, Helen wanted some design ideas to make this room really fulfill it's potential and make it feel much, much more cosy and lived in.
"Just got back from Wales and really, really pleased with the hallway. It looks absolutely stunning. The stairs carpet, the cabinets and the window seat look fab! Its really got the wow factor" Helen
What did we do?
The key to designing the hallway was to be as bold as possible in key areas – with the stairs being the first thing you see as you walk in the door, they were perfect to create a real hit of colour! The striped carpet sets this off perfectly.
Previously Helen and Andy had a tiled floor on the ground level, which was easy to keep clean but really lacked warmth. The Amtico flooring we installed was just the right solution – easy to keep clean, warm tones and depth of colour and worked with the underfloor heating already in place.
Upstairs was a tricky space to furnish as the eaves left a large amount of space with minimal height. Any furniture here looked ‘plonked in’ and didn’t work for the shape of the room. It was totally unusable. Helen had always wanted a window seat so we built this in to a fabulous bespoke unit to pack in storage to the hallway and essentially reshape the upstairs so the dead space become super functional cupboard space!
It’s also really important that hallways feel like part of the home and aren’t just a route to the other rooms. So, with tons of space available, we added in some key pieces of furniture to soften the corners and add real interest – a lovely curved sofa at the back of the room draws the eye down and sets of a wonderful display of family photos whilst two footstools sit either side of the front door to give the children somewhere to put their shoes on!
Finally, the stunning canvasses we installed at the top of the stairs. Reproduced from a picture from the V&A they add a lovely large scale print to the top of the stairs making you want to look up and see what else is there!
We managed to complete all the work within two weeks – one of which over half term so all the messy work and disruption was completed whilst Helen and Andy took the children on holiday and they simply came home to a brand new hallway!
As always, a couple of before and after photos to show how everything has changed: