Lately I’ve had stairs on my mind. Well, not just stairs but entrance hallways in general. The reason for this is while we’ve lavished attention on most of the rooms since we’ve moved in, the rather narrow hallway in our Edwardian home remains the most sadly neglected space of them all. Which is a shame really because that’s a guest’s first impression. And everyone knows what they say about first impressions.

So when I come home in the evenings to a hallway that remains in a sorry state, I’ve been filling my Pinterest boards with inspiration on what other people have done with their own entries. And making a statement as soon as you walk through the door just makes a person want to see the rest of the home and stay awhile, right?

I thought I’d share three of my favourite ideas for creating an entrance that really makes a statement so if you are struggling with your own neglected space like I am, you might find some great inspiration too.



So while I look upon all the images that I’ve gathered, I’m still no closer to a decision although I’m incredibly inspired. The hallway is rather narrow so there’s not a lot of room for accessories but making a statement via stairs, wallpaper and artwork are all things I’m considering.

Which direction would you go – stairs, wallpaper or art?  What’s in your hallway?


Image credits:  Creative Stairs 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6  ;  Dramatic Wallpaper 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 ;  Art Attack 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6




By Kimberly Duran on 07.08.13

Guest Contributor

6 responses to “Creative Entrance Hallways”

  1. Jude says:

    Fab collection of images. I LOVE the stairs but I think I’d tire of something like that, plus would worry how long it could stay looking good in an average house!

    I always find feature wallpaper a little too much in an entrance way so, personally, would opt for the art. As you rightly point out, this can be easily changed if you tire of it.

    And I’m still a sucker for impactful flooring in an entranceway.

  2. Alex says:

    My hallway’s a work in progress as well. At the moment I have a mish-mash of country-style bits from my old cottage, and a couple of chinoiserie elements, which is more the direction I want to go in. Furniture makeovers ahoy!

    Wish I could put in a bit of exciting wallpaper, but art’s the way to go – acres of woodchip to cover…

  3. fINN says:

    Really liked number 47 for me!

  4. Laura Seed says:

    What gorgeous entrance halls! I love the stair risers in the first picture and I want to zebra a bit further down, on my wall! I will definitely be using some of these ideas when I buy my own house.
    Hope you’re well?
    Laura xx

  5. So glad you all liked the choices – I’m still undecided ;) x

  6. Oh and Finn, you need to check out #47’s whole house – it’s completely insane amazing ;) The link is at the bottom of the post!x

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