Transition Spaces: Decorating Hallways, Entryways and Landings
As we furnish and decorate our homes, we often focus on the rooms themselves and forget to embrace the opportunity to add personal touches to the transition spaces. Hallways, entryways and landings can be more than just passageways, with careful thought and attention to detail, they can continue your design aesthetic, add to the character of your home, become functional waypoints and even feature some surprises.
Add Color and Character
Long narrow runners are available in various lengths offering an instant opportunity to add color, pattern and style to your hallway. In homes with wood or tile flooring these area rugs provide under-foot comfort and dampen noise. Layered over wall-to-wall carpeting, they protect and extend the life of the underlying investment in high traffic areas.
If your space is extremely tight or narrow, avoid busy patterns as they will make the space feel cluttered, opt for solids or simple patterns. Remember that you can often see into several other rooms from the hallway, while the hallway decor doesn’t need to match adjoining rooms perfectly, anything you choose should work well with the style and coloring of those spaces. Another option for homes with visually busy rooms is to make the hallway a neutral space.
Don’t be afraid to go big and bold with wall art, especially for more expansive landings or in hallways where you can appreciate it in total from an adjoining space. Or create a gallery with smaller pieces that won’t overwhelm your tight quarters. Gather a series of frames and showcase favorite family moments or choose a series of scaled down art pieces. Reinforce the lines of the hallway by hanging similarly sized and framed pieces in a row, or break things up with a random assortment of styles and sizes hung gallery style.
Add Surfaces and Storage
Make your transition space work for you; create a place to facilitate the busy comings and goings of the household. Add a hallway tree at an entryway to keep everyone’s stuff contained, organized and ready to go. Narrow console tables or sofa tables work well in tight hallways or entryways, offering a place to a stylish splash of decor while providing a spot for wallets, keys, mail and other things you like to keep handy.
Make the Most of Corners and Nooks
A corner or alcove provides a little extra unused space. This could be the perfect place for a plant, small accent table or corner bookcase. Long, narrow hallways benefit by having a focal point at the end. If your hall ends in an alcove rather than a doorway make the most of that space with an accent cabinet or accent chair and table pairing. Landings can be roomy enough to add a trim settee or bench and table, creating an unexpected and handy place to sit or for storage.
Brighten Things Up
Hallways are notorious for lacking natural lighting. Hang small chandeliers or add sconces on the walls to brighten your space. Mirrors and bright reflective surfaces can help make your hallway feel more open by enhancing the available light.
For more on styling your foyer, read our related article: Inspired Entryways.