For many city dwellers like myself, approaching the hallway of a traditional Victorian terrace sometimes seems like entering a tunnel. I visited an interior designer’s home last week and she had widened her hallway at the expense of the sitting room, but with its Purbeck flagstones it had the air of entering something grander. I guess structural changes are sensible if you have a blank canvas.
Adding a little bit of your own personality to hallways can hint at what’s to come and reveal the character of the owner. My husband goes straight to bookcases but I think the entrance can be just as telling.
Hanging decorative plasterwork in entrance halls is atmospheric, maps make for interesting walls and murals are entertaining. Ben Pentreath often uses maps in interiors and he chose a magnified version of Rocque's 1746 map of London for the staircase in Bridie Hall’s home, where guests may linger finding the field where their house now is.
Murals are a great source of incredible imagery. Surface View collect images as others collect stamps. It then uses sate-of-the art print technology to create wonderful pictures for a dramatic welcome and unique service for personal touch.
It’s time to refresh your hallways to celebrate the start of British Summer Time. If you’d like a chance to win a Fair Isle runner designed by Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring then pay a visit to their Facebook pages, where the competition runs from Wednesday 1 April and closes midnight Sunday 12 April. Good luck!