As you know, “The Devil lies in the details,” it is quite literally so when you are decorating your home. Paying attention to small details and utilizing all spaces well is the difference between a well furnished and a poorly maintained space. Small spaces like the hallway and staircases form the first impressions about the house but are seldom considered first while decorating the home. Hallways and stairs are the first spaces seen by anyone in your house, they are mostly used for passing through to the main living areas, and so they should reflect the mood and spirit of the house. Here are a few budget ideas for bringing your entryways and stairwells to life:
Choosing the Color Scheme
If you are on a budget and crave to add some color to your home, hallways and stairs are usually the best places, to begin with. As the spaces are small, they don’t tend to look as blingy. Usually, the entryways and stairs are colored white or in light pastel shades, but to make them vibrant, you can paint the walls in sunshine and candlelight colors with white and plain floorings and ceilings. Such bright colors like pale yellow muted golden, orange, etc., give welcoming warmth to the entryway. If you think your place looks bright, you can opt to paint half the wall horizontally, keeping the other half plain. For the sake of uniformity, you can paint the wall of the staircase with the same color.
To add that additional pop of color to your staircase, paint the banister of your stairs in different shades of a matching color.
Entryways are usually dark; if you plan on coloring the walls in dark colors like blue, blacks, grays, make sure they are in a dull and matte finish creating gentler and softer shadows. When using dark colors avoid having dark or patterned floorings and ceilings. If you prefer dark colors ensure that the hallways and stairs well lit. You would do well to prevent primary colors like deep red, brown, fern green as these colors give of too much vibration and stimulation for us to absorb, in a small room.
Use the lights
Lights play an essential role in making a small space appear large. You can light up the walkway for a dramatic effect in a dark setting. LED Step lights for the stairs have a similar function. If your hallway is in a straight line from the entry point to another, you can use a 1W LED light highlighting a particular feature at the end of your hall; this will create an illusion of space. An overhead light right at the entry makes the place appear more significant than it is on first look.
Lights at the stairs are useful as much as decorative. You can use the lights on the wall of the stairs to highlight the wall decorations. If the staircase has the required space, you could hang a crystal chandelier on the stair ceiling for a fancy effect.
Feature wall and use of art
As there is very small room for accessories and decorative items in the hallways and staircases, you could make use of artistic wallpaper or feature for a wall. This saves space and adds personality to space while being very cost effective. You can use the same wallpaper below the stairs. If you are going for a significant art feature, you could utilize the space below the stairs to hang it or other photographs. The most common wallpaper choices for homes are stripes, usually dark colored vertical stripes.
Clearing the space
If your entryway looks cluttered with too many things, it gives a very “unsettled” appearance. You can organize space to be useful as well as have an aesthetic appeal. You can place a small decorative table or chair where you can keep things like bags, add some hangers and a coat hanger to keep things organized. You can place a customized decorative mirror, using a mirror gives an illusion of space. You can also place a mirror or small artistic mirrors on the staircase. To free up some space and make it look authentic swap your regular banister with a nautical rope railing.
Using plants and indoor trees is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to brighten up boring hallways and staircases. Real plants require more care, watering, and maintenance, a more natural solution to installing real plants is to opt for good quality faux plants. Artificial trees and plants can be used to flank the door on both sides; you can also use fake jungle vines to hang on the door and the staircase. For a good effect in place of an art feature or wallpaper you could install an artificial plant wall, this saves space and money. You can keep Fake corn stalks in pretty vases in the hallway or the stairs landing without losing much space. On the stairs, you can use flowers or a small variety of artificial cactus.
Rugs and floors
You can place colorful rugs and mats in the hallway and runners for the stairway. Patterned rugs and runners in darker shades of red and purple look good for light and white hallways and stairs. You can opt for geometric designs and stripes for your hallways and stairs.
If you have open space in front of your entryway, you can opt for intricately patterned porcelain tiles. The entryway and stairs are the most used spaces and often wear down more; you should use sturdy material floorings for entry and stairs. If your entrance and stair area are compact, you should opt for large format tiles in a highly polished and neutral shade. This makes the most of the natural light available. The overall theme of the space should be considered before selecting the color of the stairs.
Colorful blinds can be used in the hallway and staircases to add visual interest if the wall area is not available. A botanical design in a light shade adds color to a bland entryway or stair space.
Take your pick and get started to spruce up your hallways and staircases.