Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Entryways and hallways are so often ignored in decorating, but they can be a wonderful opportunity to create some serious drama in these pass-through spaces. Even if your entry or hallway is small, I suggest going big with larger scale patterns and a few large pieces of furniture or accessories as smaller patterns and pieces can just make a small space feel even smaller and (horror of horrors!) more cluttered.
If you're looking for some inspiration or guidance, Nicky Haslam's work at a stylish London townhouse really does set the bar for stunning hallways. In the entryway (shown above), the wide set chocolate and cream stripes visually widen the narrow entry and pack a major graphic punch. I also love the single topiary -- a classic, tailored touch. A whimsical stair rail adds a touch of levity.
A round hallway is played up with a modern medallion on the floor and circular moldings on the doors.
Sure, these over scale moldings are over the top, but they add undeniable drama, especially when paired with high gloss chocolate brown walls and a contrasting slate blue ceiling.
All photographs courtesy of Nicky Haslam Design.