The arteries of your home, connecting spaces, should be awarded all the respect that is normally given to individual rooms. They not only greet you but also serve to lure you into the rooms beyond. The hall, stairs, landings and corridors of a house have a pivotal role to play and it is through this framework they form, that you will view all the other rooms. Often characterized by their mean proportions, irregular shapes and lack of natural light, these areas require careful attention if they are to become convenient welcoming spaces.
First consideration should be given to the actual structure enclosing space. By highlighting any features that are perfectly proportioned or well balanced, you can bring the sense of symmetry to an otherwise not so organised area.
CEILING : If the height is pleasing, an attractive cornice or border could be introduced to enhance the line where the ceiling meets the wall. A bold treatment at a good looking window has a similar effect. One can disguise features that are less pleasing by reducing their details or by painting them.
FOCAL POINT : It is important to establish a focal point in each area, something pleasing for the eye to rest upon. A beautiful painting, some wall art or a boldly patterned carpet can add enormous amount of drama and excitement.The only limitations to bear in mind are the effect of heavy traffic on your chosen colors and the possibility of clashes with individual connecting rooms.
LIGHTING: When the natural light is less, you have the choice of using light colors, mirrors or reflective surfaces. You can incorporate some clever lighting effects to produce magical effects. A two way switch, that allows you to switch on a light from one position and off upon leaving the area from a different exit, is essential.
SURFACES: Connecting spaces of your home have to cope with much wear and tear and will soon appear worn out, if hard wearing surfaces are not installed. Hard floors like wood, marble terracotta can look stunning and can be covered with carpets and rugs for warmth.
WALLS: Walls can be tricky in connecting areas when it comes to deciding where one ends and a new one starts, particularly when stairways are involved and you wish to link two different schemes harmoniously. For example, if your choice of wall treatment is light paper then you might consider a wall dado rail and below it with more resilient paint finish.
FURNISHINGS: Connecting areas generally offer few opportunities for the placement of furniture, each piece will stand out and therefore requires a careful selection. Corridors, landings and halfway appear bleak without the interesting furnishing. Remember, it should not hinder the circulation space.
STORAGE: Even in the very smallest of connecting space you can often find a cranny were storage can be accommodated.