By Damali and Nii B. Andrews
Decorating a hallway need not be complex in order for it to be purposeful or functional.
Hallways are transitional spaces that connect the defined areas in a home; they are a ready canvas for decorating with art, rugs and stylish pieces of furniture.
In the hallway pictured above, the arrangement creates a unified vignette, thus giving a passersby reason to pause.
There is an arrangement of paintings on the first wall to the left; the wall is part of a massive archway.
This is then followed by a detailed colorful handwoven rug on which stands an unusual vintage rattan console table that also serves as a bar for storing beverages.
Another three hand woven rugs of varying size anchor the floor space until it terminates in a flight of stairs to the right with substantial carved banisters.
An interesting counterpoint- to the left, is the plain minimalist clear glass doorway that leads into an open courtyard with a splash pool.
Since the hallway ceiling, which consists of huge dark cedar beams, is at a height of 21 feet above the floor level, the soaring white walls are covered with multiple modernist vibrant paintings.
Two life size anthropomorphic iron sculptures stand guard by the staircase to balance the paintings high up on the walls, the large chandelier hanging from the massive cedar ceiling and the antique floor to ceiling dark cedar sculptural doors with their brass accents.
A round rattan table on a pedestal base with accompanying seating – jazzed up with colorful printed cushions, has been placed next to the arched window looking into the courtyard.
This serves as a breakfast nook or a reading or conversation area.
The aggregation of iron, brass, wood, glass, rattan and paintings on canvas in the hallway creates an interesting melange of complimentary colors, patterns and textures.
Thus the hallway has been transformed into an impactful (oops!) and functional space leading to a significant increase in the livable area of the home.
It’s certainly a place to linger for conversation or to read or simply to enjoy the artwork.