Clapham Family HomeVictorian Hallway & Landing, London
Classic monochrome hallway with bespoke Persian Grey marble topped console and Belgian Cafe Pendant light...
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Make things matchIn this hall, a slim console table also solves the radiator challenge, again by forming a frame around it. The beautiful floor of this hallway takes centre stage, so the owners have chosen a simple design for the console that ties in with the monochrome shapes on the floor without overwhelming the rest of the space. A marble surface complements the white tiles, while some bright flowers and bowls add a vivid touch of colour to the black-and-white scheme.Find hallway floor solutions to stop mud and dirt in their tracks
Turn it into a consoleSpace is often tight in a hallway, but there are still ways to disguise an unattractive radiator in a narrow space. Placing an open-framed table over it is, as the designer has done here, is a great way to minimise the visual presence of the radiator while also doubling up as a practical storage surface.Choosing a metal-framed table like this one, open on both sides, allows warm air to circulate.No hallway? No problem. Here’s how to create a welcoming entrance
Embrace what you haveWhen searching for inspiration, it can be easy to get caught up with the design styles of other people’s interiors. However, translating this into your own home isn’t always simple. Elements of the space such as the amount of natural light it receives, its shape and size, the architectural style, and certain structural features can all hinder your plans. Look at your room or space and identify what you like about it. Try to highlight those features within your design. Similarly, when you look at your inspiration images, try to pinpoint what it is you love about the picture. It could be the texture of a fabric, the overall mood of the room, or the colour palette used. Once you’ve identified these elements, you can incorporate them into your design in a way that works with your space.
Squeeze in a tableIf you think you haven’t got space for a console, perhaps it’s time for a rethink. The designers of this narrow hallway have maximised wall space by placing an ultra-slim table in front of a radiator to create a useful surface for keys and post. The open design ensures it doesn’t block heat from the radiator and the mirror above creates a smart focal point.
How do I bleed a radiator?Easily! Using a radiator key, turn the valve anti-clockwise to open it. (Keep a cloth close by to catch any water that bubbles out when you do this.) Once the valve is open, you’ll hear the air being released. Let it escape until you start to see water. “At this point, simply close the valve, but make sure you don’t over-tighten it,” Birch explains.