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More than just a phase: Why moody hallways are here to stay

Dramatic, charismatic and oh-so-sophisticated, it’s easy to see why we’ve come to love decorating our homes with darker tones. Thanks to the influence of interior designers like Abigail Ahern, the use of moody hues has risen hugely in recent years as we’ve eagerly embraced the cosseting effect of deeper, more intense colours.

And where better to incorporate such a comforting-yet-chic look than in your hallway? By pairing an elegant staircase in a darker tone with a balanced moody scheme and considered accessories, you can create a space which offers an elegant and stylish welcome every time you enter your home.

This timeless interiors trend is here to stay, so we’ve collected our very best dark staircase ideas that are guaranteed to inspire your next hallway transformation.

Dark staircase transformations to inspire

One of the keys to getting a dark scheme right is the introduction of contrast in both tone and texture, something which our stunning dark riser staircase achieves with ease.

Here, the soft, glinting metallic of our glamorous Opus steel design is the perfect foil to the richness of the dark oak finish, while risers finished in our exclusive Toro Bronze add further depth to this timeless transformation – guaranteed to be the grand centrepiece in any home.

Contemporary flair with Jacobean Oak

Whether you’re looking to dive in with a fully dark scheme, or contrast a deep-toned staircase with a softer wall hue, our Jacobean Oak finish is the ideal choice to add modern flair and sophistication to your hallway. Timeless yet with a contemporary twist, its stylish looks work equally well in both old and new homes.

Here, our expert designer has paired the finish with our Truro spindle and newel design, combining smooth, concave curves with minimalist square cut grooves for a delicately detailed and distinctive statement.

Alternatively, for the ultimate style statement, you could take a tip from Abigail Ahern and decorate the whole space, from walls to woodwork, in the same deep colour. “My mantra for decorating a room is simple,” Ahern told LivingEtc.

“Everything gets painted the same colour: the floorboards, skirting boards, ceiling, windows and doors. This instantly makes the space look more sophisticated because there’s nothing to distract the eye.” Ahern then balances the scheme by adding pieces in different colours and textures for visual interest and contrast.

Smokey and sophisticated

Moody schemes aren’t limited to blacks, blues and greys – earthy, smoky tones that sit on the warmer side of the colour wheel create a softer, cocooning feel that’s the ultimate in on-trend comfort.

The ultimate neutral, our tempered smoked oak finish is a beautiful pairing with any natural, earthy scheme. In fact, it works equally well with muted and vibrant shades alike, providing balance to colours ranging from the tonal – think gentle whites, plaster pinks and burnt toffees – to the adventurous – dynamic reds, vital oranges, sunny yellows and livelier greens.

Gorgeous greys

Grey is a wonderfully versatile choice for your hallway, providing the perfect backdrop for statement accessories – and statement staircases! For a cool, classic look that oozes luxury, the deep dove shade used on this wall panelling works beautifully against a paler neutral wall and the warmth of our natural oak finish. Meanwhile, our unique Barcelona spindles bring emphasis and drama to the space with their intricate, curvaceous design.

Alternatively, a deeper shade of grey makes for a beautiful feature, as seen in this stunning space where a gallery wall in a bold off-black teams perfectly with our contemporary glass and oak staircase design.

The use of reflective surfaces comes into its own in this hallway, with the glass balustrade working alongside the faceted glass chandelier and lights and the large wall mirror to maximise light throughout.

Inspired to create your own beautiful moody hallway transformation? Request your free brochure today and explore more of our stylish staircase designs.

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“Hugely admired by family and friends”

The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.

Cherry Murdoch, London

“The staircase has transformed our living space”

From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Pauline Treston, Northumberland

“Our new staircase looks fantastic”

Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.

Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire

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From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.

Alison Cole, Swinton

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From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.

Rosalind Tunnicliffe, Solihull

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From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.

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I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.

Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham

“I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone”

A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.

Richard Smith, Surrey

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From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!

Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe

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From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.

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