Enhancing the Hallway – a home styling interior design story – Episode One

Enhancing the hallway – Home Styling Interior Design project – Episode One…

At the moment I’m starting on an interior home styling interiors project journey – would you like to join me? Over the next 6 months each stage of the project will be talked about on the A Passion for Homes website and on the blog. The exciting developments and the challenging situations – all will be revealed!

A hallway is such an important room in the home – it may be small, narrow and sometimes crowded, but it is the welcome your home gives to visitors and sets the tone and atmosphere for the rest of your home. So, let’s update one!

So, stage one – the brief and the style of the room

The hallway to be updated, at the moment, is in a shabby chic style which has been loved and admired for over 5 years, but now it’s time for a change…


The flexible brief is to:

Make it lighter

Make it more glamorous

Enhance the original features (window, wood block flooring, skirtings and stair woodwork)

Stick to the budget (the majority being allocated to painting, decorating and flooring)

Ensure a quality finish with attention to detail


As this hallway only gets approximately 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, the need to increase the sense of light is the number one priority. The obvious initial solution would be to paint all the woodwork a light colour, but the brief is very clear on what wood should remain in its natural state and not even be considered for painting. (more on the alternatives to painting in one of the following episodes!)

Some elements of the room will be given a new or fresh coat of paint, but that is not the main method we are going to employ.

As the brief was to increase the glamorous first impression too, mirrored furniture, reflective surfaces, crystal based light fitting and the controlled use of pearlescent paint is all planned to lighten and brighten the room. The sanding of the floor and use of varnish with a slight satin sheen will also contribute to the increased sense of light.

Added to this, the choice of quality wallpaper with a metallic sheen will help to achieve this final goal.

The stained glass window is a dominating feature of the hall and will, of course, be staying. The window provides the gold colour picked up by the wallpaper and also provides one of the main accent colours for the scheme. Yes, the main colours used will be from a neutral palette, but there will also be a few subtle accent colours introduced to tie in the beautiful window, which is also repeated, all be it in a smaller window, at the top of the staircase. The gorgeous flourish design of the leaves are mimicked within the pattern design of the wallpaper.

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The wallpaper is from Laura Ashley, the console table and mirror are from artisanti.com, the gold chandelier from litecraft.co.uk, the lamps are from Argos, and the carpet is from SCS.

So, with the suggested design in place, it’s the time to introduce the ‘trade professions’ – the expert men and women to bring this design to life. I now use checkatrade.com for sourcing people to work with. I have had some ‘interesting’ experiences in the past, so finding checkatrade has been a revelation! Not only are people on their site recommended by people they have worked for, but checkatrade check and verify their qualifications and that their insurance is current – they recommend, vet and monitor. Peace of mind for me that their work will be of a high standard, as they deliver the key elements of the room design.


So, join me in the next episode when I meet and get quotes for the job – and the project progresses – on time and on budget? – pop over to the website for episode two

For more interior design and home styling stories, check out the show home page, the dream homes page and the interior design page on the website – thanks for visiting!

Copyright: Jo Ridout, A Passion for Homes


What is Checkatrade.com?

Checkatrade.com helps combat the UK’s rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local tradespeople such as builders, plumbers and electricians as well as service providers. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from across the country. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.

Since then, Checkatrade.com has grown to employ 110 staff with a turnover in excess of £7.5m. It has over 14,000 genuine trade members, growing by an average of 300 new members every month. Over the past 12 months, Checkatrade-certified tradesmen carried out a combined total of £1.4b worth of work, with complaints at just one in 215, compared to the national average of one in four.


  1. spacesculpt · · Reply

    Looks like a wonderful plan! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Exciting plans :O) I love it when I have a fab design project to get my teeth into and I agree with you, that hallways are so important being the first impression people get of our homes. I think the gold elements you’ll be introducing will definitely add glamour. Adding a stunning mirror (and mirrored furniture) will certainly add more light and make the space bright and welcoming. The chandelier will pull the look together and look stunning. I used a light reflective paint in my hallway as its also not too large and needed lightening up – really liked the result. Can’t wait to see more :O)

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