We share our favourite hallway flooring ideas to help you to transform your hallway space.
Hallways are spaces in our homes that are often neglected and usually the last room to be decorated. Yet they are the first thing we see as we walk through the door and the last thing we remember when we leave the house. How does the saying go ‘first impressions last.’ We share our top flooring picks to help transform your hallway space.
They can be seen as long dark corridors, lacking natural light, linking us to the more exciting rooms in our home. They are generally used as a dumping area for shoes, coats and bags, well not anymore! Christmas is only around the corner so now is the time to give our hallways a well-deserved treat by introducing an injection of colour and pattern, starting with the floor.
Flooring more often than not needs to be hard wearing and practical to accommodate heavy foot fall but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. A warm oak wood flooring can be dressed with a colourful patterned rug, there are a great selection from online retailers at the moment. We found a great selection of floral medallion rugs here.
In the image below you can see how the inside of the front door has been painted in a matching colour to the beautiful Alhambra Floral Medallion Rug by Surya which draws the eye to the end of the hallway.
Whilst horizontal striped rugs work well in long narrow spaces as these tend to give the illusion of these being much wider. Choose a bright stripe to draw the eye and brighten up the space in an instant.
Tiles used on the floor can create a beautiful decorative effect by introducing colours as well as patterns. In this image you can see how blue and green Moroccan tiles have created a real focal point in this hallway. The wall and staircase have been painted white drawing attention immediately to the floor.
Or take a collection of mis-matched vintage tiles and create you own striking version of a Victorian Minton tiled floor instead, mixing in vintage tiles for an authentic look.
In the image below each of the stair risers have been covered with different patterned tiles which naturally draws your eye towards the top of the stairs. The warm honey coloured tones of the wood flooring can be picked out in these tiles. Best tile do a beautiful range of Moroccan cement tiles, or try Ebay for a great range of vintage Moroccan style tiles.
Or if tiling isn’t an option, we found a great range of patchwork, tile effect rugs that could be used in a hallway or at the bottom of the stairs to recreate the look instantly.
Instead of tiling stairways, a more economical method which will achieve a similar effect is to use a combination of different Moroccan stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase like the yellow one below.
Buying whole rolls of wallpaper may be expensive, but most retailers offer generous free samples or charge a small fee to post out several samples.
Or if tiling your stairs isn’t within your budget, create the same look with a statement, bright runner or large rug at the bottom of your stairs.
This look is very versatile and can either be achieved on a budget with off cuts and wallpaper paste, or choose PVC backed re-usable wallpaper if you fancy investing in the look. Choose complimentary colours, patterns and prints in repeat to create a unified look.
Floors boards are also really versatile and look great stripped, stained or painted. In the image below you can see how the hall and landing have been painted white to reflect light and maximise height. Whilst the colourful stair runner adds a fun element to this traditional looking space.
Or in the hallway below, an achromatic colour scheme has successfully been achieved in this hallway by staining the floor black. To achieved a balanced look, the hand rail has been stained the same colour and pictures in dark frames have been added to the wall drawing your eye towards the top of the stairs.
We hope this has given you inspiration for your hallway. What’s your favourite hallway flooring look?
HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) patterned rug [Online Image] Available from:
http://www.houseofturquoise.com/2014/11/highland-custom-homes.html [Accessed: 17.03.2015]
HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) striped rug [Online Image] Available from:
AUTOMATISM (2010) Moroccan tiles [Online Image] Available from:
http://lorilangille.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/vintage-loveliness.htm [Accessed: 17.03.2015]
FABULOS (2012) vintage tiles [Online Image] Available from: http://fabkeramik.blogspot.se/2012/06/fredagsmyset.html?m=1 [Accessed: 17.03.2015]
HOUZ(N/D) tiled risers [Online Image] Available from:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/staircase/spanish [Accessed: 17.03.2015]
THE STYLE FILES (2011) stencil pattern [Online Image] Available from:
http://style-files.com/2011/01/21/moroccan-stencil-staircase [Accessed: 17.03.2015]
PHOTOBUCKET (N/D) wall paper risers [Online Image] Available from:
LOVE CHIC LIVING (2013) striped stair runner [Online Image] Available from:
http://lovechicliving.co.uk/wood-versus-carpet-the-big-flooring-debate [Accessed: 17.03.2015]
HIGH STREET MARKET (2011) Monochromatic hallway [Online Image] Available from: http://highstreetmarket.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/inspired-by-chris-barrett-design.html [Accessed: 17.03.2015]