It’s often said that first impressions count and your hallway is usually the first opportunity to impress visitors in your home. Your hallway is the entrance and most used route to every other area in your property. Whether large or small, a room or a corridor, the effect of the constant foot traffic on your hallway flooring will be the same.
There are a number of things you should consider. Obviously it goes without saying, a hard wearing floor is a must but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for something boring and functional. The choice of products available is huge.
If your home is a period property with original features, then timber or stone tiles are probably the best option. Rough slate and brick floors are really effective in barn conversions or cottages but they tend to be a little uneven, so think carefully if that would hinder you in any way. If you’re more of a ‘Grand Design’ property owner, then why not take a look at polished concrete? There are also some fabulous concrete tiles on the market that are really effective if you love the texture but want a slightly more conventional design.
Your colour choice is also important. Dark finishes, whatever the material, will make the space seem smaller, which is fine if you have a vast hallway but if not, go for light neutrals, stripped back or washed timber.
A choice of gorgeous stone and wood flooring can be found at Pure Stone: www.pure-stone.co.uk
When it comes to your stairs, again the choice of flooring depends on your lifestyle. You can opt for bare timber treads, a runner or fully carpeted. This is a very personal choice and while the wooden treads are more practical be sure to add an anti slip finish to the step surface to avoid any nasty mishaps. A good compromise is a runner and most quality carpet suppliers will make bespoke carpets for your staircase. We like the sisal flooring at Design Flooring Ltd. It’s hard wearing, contemporary and blends beautifully with a wide range of other materials, making it ideal for hallways.
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