Residential projectContemporary Entrance, London
Marek Sikora Photography for Venessa Hermantes
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FoliageA bunch of flowers is a welcome addition to a hallway, but how much nicer (not to mention time- and money-saving) would it be to have a permanent display of greenery? Plants add a living element that’s a joy, as well as introducing interesting shapes – especially if you opt for a mixed collection, as here. Adapt the display to the space available. Gathering a group of plants at mid-height on a dedicated tray table or stand may work if there’s a niche, or fit them on a shelf or console table. In large halls there’s space to go to town with tall plants in pots at floor level.If a lack of natural light is an issue, consider some of the convincing artificial foliage around these days.How to keep houseplants alive
Group greeneryA deep tray table gathers houseplants to make a display in this nook. With most of the planters unseen, it’s a way to put all the focus on the contrasting leaf shapes and shades. The picture above is hung at a level that associates it with the group below, as the tallest foliage overlaps the frame, while a low pendant light slightly overlaps the decorative arrangement at the top left, and illuminates the niche perfectly.How to keep houseplants alive
Conjure up atmosphereA hallway should be inviting, drawing guests into the house. An easy way to achieve this is by installing low-level lighting – like this mini pendant – to supplement your more practical fittings. The aim here is simply to create a soft pool of light to highlight what’s nearby, so fit a low-wattage bulb, one with a warm tint, or one connected to a dimmer.