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HALLS & LANDINGS

It may seem like an odd place to start, but it's often the first thing visitors see in your home, so if you want to make a good first impression, this is where to start!

Having said that, decorating the Hall, Stairs & Landing can be one of the most expensive decorating jobs, not because of the surface area of the walls, but because of the amount of woodwork involved - rubbing down and applying two (or more) coats of paint to all the doors and door frames can be the most time-consuming part of painting a house, and if you add spindles, bannisters and so on into the mix, it's a big investment.  Not as much as a new kitchen or bathroom of course, but certainly one of the more expensive rooms when it comes to purely decorating.

Despite the fact that many of the photos here show wallpaper, I often don't recommend hanging wallpaper in "high traffic" areas, because of the risk of damage to it. If you have a lot of people coming in and out, children or dogs (or any other regular visitors who are likely to make a mess of your walls), I would usually recommend a hard-wearing paint which will withstand regular cleaning, such as a durable acrylic matt or eggshell.

PHOTOS - HALLS, STAIRS & LANDINGS

In many cases I'm not a big fan of using wallpaper in hallways and up the stairs - these are "high traffic" areas, and if you have a lot of people coming in and out of your house (kids rushing in with school bags, for example) there's always a risk that the paper will get damaged. However, as you can see in this instance it works really well to create a very calm, classic, sophisticated feel.


In this instance we wallpapered one wall only, which gave the entrance hall more of a fun, "funky" feel. 


Sometimes, especially when light and/or space is limited, keeping things simple is a good idea. With that in mind, we painted all the walls a soft cream colour in this hallway, and kept the natural wood a light colour, rather than staining it dark before varnishing. The great thing about natural wood - apart from being able to enjoy seeing the beauty of the wood grain etc - is that it acts as a "neutral" colour, so it will work with almost any colour scheme.

Once the decorating was completed, to make good use of the space under the stairs I built a storage unit from plywood, and stained and varnished it to match the stairs.


Sometimes, especially when space is limited, adding a feature wall or wallpaper can make the small space feel smaller and more cluttered.  Instead, why not make a feature out of something that is there anyway - the stairs themselves! In this instance, we kept the walls and ceiling very plain, but made the stairs the "main attraction" with some clear satin varnish on the spindles and handrails, and white gloss on the remaining woodwork. It gave the area a classy, modern look without being over-complicated.