The most overlooked and neglected spaces in our home are our landings and hallways. When was the last time you sat there and thought about the landing space in your home? Exactly.
It does not have to be like this. These often dull and underdeveloped spaces have a lot to add to your home decor if you only let them. Here is how to give your halls and landings a makeover, and it does not have to cost a lot either.
Get The Right Flooring For Your Halls
Hallways, landings, and stairs are all busy areas of the home. There is a lot of foot traffic with people walking through the halls. This also included going up and down the stairs, to get to where they need to go.
Many people will opt for laminate flooring, or something hard and hard-wearing, for their halls and landings. This is understandable but not necessary. Modern carpets made from modern materials can withstand foot traffic just as well as a wooden or plastic floor covering.
Choose a colour that will stand the test of time. You may redecorate over the years but changing the carpet every time you paint a new colour on the walls is not a feasible option. Neutral colours work best.
Consider picking a grey carpet as it can blend in with just about any interior design scheme and will hide dirt and dust between cleaning. You can find high-quality carpets for every hallway and room in the home at Designer Carpet. Their range of grey carpets will have the perfect shade for your hall, stairs, and maybe even something for a bedroom too.
Use Wallpaper Or Paint To Make A Feature Wall
Hallways and landings often have large, flat walls without any features to help define them. Hallways are all functioning and have too little form.
Wallpapering one side of a hallway, or one wall on a landing can help break the space up and give it some definition. It may only be a transitory space, which people only use to get from one room to another, but this does not mean it does not deserve so interior design and aesthetic investment.
Feature walls are great in living spaces, so why not in a hall or landing. Just a single wall on a small landing or down a hall should only be a small area. It will not take much effort or money to paint it in a bold colour or wallpaper.
Wallpapering with an expensive, decadent pattern would not cost much as you only need a roll or two at most. Make a statement. Be careful when choosing which wall to makeover. If a hallway has lots of doors on one side, choose the other to make the job quicker and easier.
Turn A Dull Space Into An Art Gallery
The simplest, cheapest, and quickest way to add colour and pattern to a wall is to hang some art there. It does not have to be a painting either, photographs can be extremely effective as art pieces.
For a quick and simple solution, take some photographs yourself and have them printed at a large scale. You can put them in large picture frames or have them framed by your printer. There are loads of places online that can print a custom picture on high quality paper, or even canvas, and deliver them to your door.
Box frames or stretched canvas frames are a good choice, as they bring some depth and texture to the wall as well as a work of art. If you get a print on canvas, you should be given the option to have it stretched and framed onto wood, which makes the print easy to hang on the wall.
For a money-saving option, scour charity shops for bargain-priced pictures. They will be already framed and ready to hang right away. Your choice will obviously be much more limited, but if you are patient and visit a few different shops over time, you will find something you will like.
This can also be a clever way to find frames for other pictures without spending much money. When pictures are passed to charity and second-hand shops, they often come from house clearances. The artworks will have come straight off a wall and onto the shop floor, framed and ready to go
If you decide against a picture in a charity shop, take an extra moment to consider if its frame is any use to you. For just a few pounds here and there you can cover the walls in your home with some of your favourite pictures in unique frames.
Change The Lighting To Change The Space
Sometimes it only takes a change in the lighting to see a space in, well, a whole new light. Overhead lighting is never very flattering to a space, it is the ‘under the chin selfie’ of interior decor.
Lamps are a simple solution that doesn’t cost much, but you will also need something to put them on. Small side tables and shelves are cheap too, but they can create a hazard as well as more work to do.
The simplest solution is usually the best, so why not simply change the type of lightbulbs you use in your overhead lights? Scaling down the wattage of the bulbs, or lumens for some types of a lightbulb, will soften the lighting level and make a space cosier.
Many lightbulbs on the market today produce different hues of light. This means that instead of being the stark white light we are used to, they may give out a cool-blue or amber-hued light instead. Lighting a hall or landing like this can make a huge difference from just a few minutes’ work at the cost of a few pounds.
Bring your halls and landing up to date and make them a feature of your home. There are some huge opportunities in these spaces to add colour and stylish designs to interior decor.
You can express yourself and your tastes on a small scale in a hall or on a landing and have a lot of fun, without having to spend a lot of money.