When you think about it, halls, stairs and landings form a major part of a family home and you spend a lot of time passing through them. For visitors, the hall gives a first impression, so it should look great. We’ve been designing, restoring and decorating halls, stairs and landings for our clients around Bath and Bristol for the past 14 years.
Decorating halls and staircases
One of the most popular searches on our website is how to refurbish halls, stairs and landings. People are looking for ideas on carpets, decoration, lighting and other features, and we show some of our designs below.
Striped carpet on a winding staircase
When it comes to a striped stair carpet, there’s nothing more frustrating than to see stripes that don’t line up. This is a particular problem with a broad stripe because the deviation is very obvious. But there is a solution. We use a supplier who cuts between the loops, bends the stripes then re-fixes them so they all line up from tread to tread. We’ve written a separate blog on this topic: striped carpet on winding stairs.
In this project, we also reconfigured the staircase to create more space in the hall, installed a new oak bottom step, fitted parquet flooring and other features including an art deco style coat rack with seat and storage.
Victorian Staircase decoration
This Victorian staircase was in a raw state before we refurbished it with a stylish striped carpet runner. The stairs and spindles were painted white gloss, while the pine handrail was stripped and varnished. We also reinstated the dado rail to provide an authentic Victorian look.
We design halls, stairs and landings to be welcoming and uncluttered with adequate storage, stylish lighting and a statement carpet stair runner to take the eye to the first floor.
We make good use of understairs spaces both as a cloakroom and as storage for clutter. In the space below, we fitted a WC with additional access behind for a vacuum cleaner and other items. In a similar space, we’ve also fitted the home network hub – out of the way but accessible when required. In the design below you can see how the simple application of MDF strips recreates the moulded panels in the rest of the hallway. When painted, the understairs space looks like it is part of the original building.
A downstairs WC is certainly a great way to make use of under-used space below stairs.
It’s useful to have storage in a hallway for letters, keys, shoes, coats and general detritus. We design and fit bespoke shoe storage to keep the hallway clear. We hide electric meters in cabinets painted in with the wall colour. We’ve also designed and fitted pigeon holes to tidy away the post with alcoves and hooks for keys.
The hall is also a place where you can show off some fine furniture and art. We’ve supplied side tables, plant stands and we even made a mobile for one client to fit in with her paintings (all illuminated perfectly, of course)
For coat and general storage, how about this bespoke settle that we designed. The storage hides a water softener (that was just sitting in the hallway!), and the solid oak seat lifts up to provide more storage. Our clients own a seventies house and happen to like art deco. We have seen similarities between seventies and art deco shapes and styles, and experimented with ideas to come up with the following:
One of our trusted joiners fabricated and sprayed the object. See here how we created the petal shapes:
We design many of our hallways with wide engineered oak floorboards. They have proved particularly impressive when finished in hard wax oil, and give a wow factor when entering the house.
Thirties Staircase decoration
We create decorative schemes for all kinds of halls, stairs and landings. This thirties house featured a dark carpet and stripped pine woodwork which made it feel very gloomy.
We brightened it up with white paint, leaving only the handrail stripped and varnished. Here we designed a monochrome decorative scheme with black and white striped carpet runner and patterned wallpaper.
We extended the runner along the landing to create a seamless look.
To light a hallway, a stylish chandelier will set the scene – make sure you check the drop; chandeliers look great in photos, but some hang too low. We also set spotlights around the hall on a separate lighting circuit to pick out paintings and other features, which creates interest and a warm welcome for guests. You can read our separate advice on home lighting.
Carpets for awkward landings
A challenge for odd-shaped landings with spindled balustrades is to decide how to finish the carpet. As you will see, we have devised a number of designs to accommodate the differing shapes co-ordinating with thresholds to the adjacent rooms.
We generally decorate hallways in a neutral scheme, allowing the carpet to stand out. To add interest, we’ve hung stylish wallpaper to one wall rising with the stairs, and in another case designed a large stencilled mural to provide the feature. Almost always we would choose to paint the woodwork white; the transformation from a dark stripped wood scheme to a bright welcoming look is extraordinary. The only time we advised to leave the wood as it was, was when the hall had been panelled beautifully in its original twenties’ design.
The hallway is the first internal space that your guests will see. It creates that first impression; make sure it’s a good one.
We designed interiors and renovated properties for our clients in Bath and Bristol since 2004. We do everything; you just need to sit back and let us do the work. If you have a renovation in mind and think we can help, please read more about our interior design services.