February 19, 2013
Hallways don't tend to get quite as much room design attention in the home - mostly because they're not quite rooms. Hallways are the spaces between rooms, the temporary locations we use to get from one place to another. Except at the occasional party, when do we linger in the hallway? What reason is there too? If you're looking for a home design project to take on, you might want to consider making your hallway exactly the kind of space where someone might want to linger. With some simple styling tips, you can turn a hallway from a merely functional part of your home's layout into a room in its own right - a fun, interesting spot with plenty to offer!
1. Invest in hardwood flooring Hardwood floors will never steer your room wrong, especially when they're from a respected company like Anderson Hardwood Floors. Anderson has over half a century of experience backing its designers and craftsmen, so you can rest assured that an Anderson floor is an investment well-made. Consider the Eagle Lodge collection of floors made from oak. These engineered boards are richly textured with characteristic evidence of the wood carving skill that went into each one's creation. Individually hand-scraped, they bear the rustic and chiseled good looks that you'd expect from a premier hardwood floor.
2. Go for a runner
What's the absolute best compliment out there for your new hardwood flooring? A runner carpet! In whatever style or design you choose, these long, thin carpets are tailor-made for hallways and are sure to keep feet warm during the colder months.
3. Utilize that wall space creatively
Most homeowners tend to populate hallway walls with photos or prints, but when we think about our favorite pieces, those are often relegated to larger spaces - living rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens. While the framed art over the fireplace mantel shouldn't necessarily be relocated to your hallway, don't skimp on the art here. Better yet, use its layout to your advantage by picking paintings with recurring motifs or prints and photos in a series.
4. Install the home bar with a stylish sideboard
Hallways can also prove to be useful spaces for sideboards. Want to give your hallway some functional appeal? Set it up as the home bar, so that when guests come over for a cocktail party they'll have a spot to congregate and enjoy your excellent design choices!
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