For most of us, decorating spaces like the living room, kitchen and bedrooms can be easy, but what about those less remembered areas in the home? Don’t neglect the functional spaces in your home as somewhere that doesn’t need that same thought and TLC. Bringing to life the hallways, stairwells and porches of your house or apartment is a great way to make every moment in your home feel special. Why waste the opportunity to put a smile on your face every day you spend in your own little haven?
Decorating stairs and hallways has to strike the right balance between practical function and inspired styling, which can be tricky. That’s why we’ve got a few little tips to help you start off easily, letting you build your personal style on top.
The Colour Palette
Setting the scene always means choosing the right colours, textures and finishes. For the walls, choose a light and airy colour that doesn’t close off the hallway and stair space. We love eggshell shades or pastels, which work well all year round for a fresh finish in summer and a look that’s easily warmed up by soft lighting in winter.
When it comes to stairs themselves, the classic choices is between carpet or wood. Many love to add a plush carpet, which is warm and inviting but can be high maintenance. If you’re more into lowkey choice, we love the trend for setting original floorboards free and, instead of running carpet, opting for painted stairs. If you do want to create this look, choose a classic dark colour like navy blue or maroon to ensure the finish stands up to footfall and dirt.
Your Personal Gallery
Your stair and hallway walls are the most perfect place to display paintings, photos and more. Why not create your own with pressed flowers placed in photo frames? Dot three, ascending on your stairway for a chic look.
If you’re blessed with roomy stairs where you can place furniture or shelving at strategic points, add frames and fragrance together on the surfaces. We love using SmartScents Sticks in areas where there’s heavy traffic, so there’s no chance of wax mishaps.
Transform Under The Stairs
Do you really need that little cubby hole, or could it be put to prettier use in truth? We’ve all been KonMari-ing our belongings to the thrift shop, so what to do with that space? Try removing the door from an under-stairs storage space, and creating a stylish nook instead. Paint the inside clean white, place a small decorative stool or table inside, and add a vase of fresh flowers. Alongside it, place your favourite PartyLite Hurricane, where you can add a little candlelight by nightfall. Don’t forget, our candle fragrances smell fabulous even when they’re not lit, so you’ll get the benefit of this scented display all day long.
Got any hacks and style tips of your own for those unusual parts of the home? Share them with us on social, using the hashtag #MyStyle! We love seeing how you innovate with PartyLite products.