Your hallway is the window into your home, showcasing your style and setting the tone for the rest of the house.
Although the kitchen is widely regarded as the heart of the home, have you considered your hallway as the true hub, offering a living, breathing canvas that showcases your style, home ambience and family life?
When a neighbour brings round some misplaced post or a parent from school drops off your child after a play date, the hallway is probably the first thing they see when you open the door.
First impressions count, and hall appeal is most definitely the new kerb appeal, as a stylish hallway can make a real statement. However, more often than not, this part of the home is neglected, used as a dumping ground by the kids and is always at the bottom of the priority list when it comes to redecorating.
It really doesn't take much to refresh your hallway. Apart from the obvious lick of paint and drill sergeant discipline needed to ensure the children use the neat new storage system, there is one feature that can make a dramatic difference to the hallway’s look and feel… The staircase.
According to Richard Burbidge, the stair parts expert, upgrading your staircase is much simpler and more cost effective than you’d think. The company offers a range of simple-to-install stair parts to suit any style or budget.
Its FUSION® range, for example, features glass panels that create the illusion of light and space, ideal for dark, narrow hallways. This effect can be heightened further by teaming with pastel paint shades and strategically placed mirrors.
As well as creating flattering illusions, stair balustrades can also transcend the practical to become the main feature of your hallway. For instance, the Elements range from Richard Burbidge mixes contemporary oak banisters with twisted iron balustrades, creating a real focal point.
As British homeowners start to transform and update their homes much more regularly than ten years ago, sticking to one style of balustrade may seem like a big commitment, particularly when choosing ‘feature staircases’. However, Richard Burbidge ranges come with pre-drilled hand and baserails, meaning that different styles can be fitted, and making updating your staircase as easy as a new lick of paint.
To find out how you can transform your hall with new stair parts, visit www.stairproject.co.uk.Here you’ll find an array of inspirational images, as well as Richard Burbidge’s handy planning tool, which can help with the designing of your new stairs.
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