I f the Covid crisis has taught us anything about our own houses, the lesson learned is that space is a high-end. Each and every single square foot of floor space needs a function, specifically if it’s accommodating office space alongside the demands of daily living. Work and play have found themselves in close quarters, so multifunctional living solutions like foldaway desks or room dividers such as B&Q’s Alara design have actually ruled the homewares market, enabling home-workers to carve out more space in their living rooms, bedrooms, kitchen areas and, I don’t doubt, restrooms.
That each crevice, nook or alcove needs a function need not require function in the standard sense. Sometimes, the very best use of a little, forgotten space, such as a corridor, landing or stairwell, is to add visual worth. In this way, the ‘function’ of stated forgotten space is mood elevation, probably a crucial factor to consider in these unsure times. Think about these through-ways as chances to raise your spirits as you pass from room to space, with lively colours, wacky accessories and happy patterns.
Rosie Axford, Co-Founder of Wicklewood, a soft home furnishings business, prompts her clients not to leave hallways and passages out of the design process. “Little, mostly forgotten spaces like these present fantastic chances to experiment with colour and pattern,” she states. Axford’s business partner, Caroline Downing Nadel, prizes her amazing citrus hallway as an interiors pick-me-up, specifically in the lockdown periods, saying, “my orange pineapple wallpaper from Blithfield & Co truly makes me feel better every day – it’s strong and fun and you can’t help but smile when strolling through this corridor.”
For another elegant touch, beginning with a soft, welcoming carpet will give any bare hallway or landing a mood-enhancing quality. Jodie Hatton, Residential Style Supervisor at Brintons, a carpet and rug manufacturer, thinks that, “bolder statement patterns constantly tend to lend themselves well to hall, stairs and landing areas as these tend to be the areas where people are better to make more of a declaration. These sort of areas aren’t as lived-in as the primary rooms of your home, so they can take a more intense colour scheme, or a bolder pattern repeat.”
According to Michel Baumgart, business and Agreement Director at BoConcept, a Danish furniture brand, including a piece of art to an otherwise unconsidered corridor or stairwell will turn it into a purposeful area that truly sticks out. “Frequently, corridors and staircases can look extremely bare, so if you have any art that’s stashed into storage, consider adding it to dress up your stairwell.” BoConcept has recently used its own recommendations to its designs for the multifunctional, space-savvy apartment or condos for property build-to-rent brand name, UNCLE, for its brand-new Wembley building.
Another advocate of hanging art in unlikely locations is the interior decoration studio, Albion Nord. The company, which has just recently been commissioned to produce a line of furniture and devices for prestigious advancement, Chelsea Barracks, hand-sources art and antiques to offer their homes originality, not forgeting the lesser-used spaces in the house. In its Marylebone Balcony project, a classical bust can be discovered at the base of a staircase, elegantly poised amongst the helix of the bannister.
Alongside paintings and sculpture, fantastic lights and pendant lights likewise bring a more considered seek to these underestimated areas. Owen Pacey, Founder of antique and fireplace remediation business, Renaissance London, recommends using distinctive lighting to offer a smaller sized stairwell a sense of celebration. “Stairwells, especially in city homes, are normally too little for any fascinating furnishings,” he says, adding, “which is why setting up a gorgeous statement pendant light is the best choice.”